Red Wine: Exercise In A Bottle?

Tied to your desk job without any time for exercise? Fret not. A new research study published in the Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology Journal has indicated that a compound  in red wine, called resveratrol, may prevent the ill effects of  no exercise due to a desk job as well as spaceflight. The report described experiments in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight. The control group that were not fed resveratrol  developed insulin resistance and a loss of bone mineral density; however, those fed resveratrol remained healthy. Dr. Gerald Weissmann, editor of the journal,  said: “Our human body needs physical activity, but for some of us, getting that activity isn’t easy. A low gravity environment makes it nearly impossible for astronauts. For the earthbound, barriers to physical activity are equally challenging, whether they be disease, injury, or a desk job. Resveratrol may not be a substitute for exercise, but it could slow body deterioration.”

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