If you love red wine, congratulations! Not only do you have excellent taste, but a new study has found that your favorite nighttime indulgence may be just as good for you as diet and exercise! This is thanks to resveratrol, a compound found in the skins of red grapes.
“Scientists have discovered that resveratrol, a compound in the skin of red grapes and red wine, and metformin, a drug often prescribed to fight type 2 diabetes, have many of the neuroprotective benefits of a low-calorie diet and exercise,” according to a new study conducted by Virginia Tech and published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.
According to scientists, resveratrol helps to preserve muscle fibers as we age, protecting connections between neural synapses from the negative effects of aging. In earlier studies, they had found that the way to protect yourself was through diet (ugh) and exercise (double ugh). They’d concluded that “0ptimum diet and exercise can protect neuromuscular junction synapses from the wear and tear of aging,” according to a press release. But the new study finds that reservatrol does the same thing! In other words, you’re basically working out by enjoying your favorite glass of Pinot Noir.