Glass of red wine = 1 hour at gym?

Resveratrol, found in red wine, also shown to enhance exercise training and performance

In this Jan. 25, 2014 photo, a man pours a glass of wine. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Could red wine be as good for you as an hour of exercise? Don’t get your hopes up, scientists at The University of Alberta, who conducted a study on a compound found in red wine, say.

The compound, resveratrol, was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength similar to the affect exercise has on the body. However, while it may enhance exercise training and performance, it isn’t a replacement for exercise, scientists say. 

“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do,” the principal investigator of the study, Jason Dyck said.

“It is very satisfying to progress from basic research in a lab to testing in people, in a short period of time,” Dyck said.

A red wine is poured for judging at the California State Fair Wine competition held in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A red wine is poured for judging at the California State Fair Wine competition held in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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