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Want Stronger Muscles? Try Resveratrol

Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, has been shown to increase muscle strength according to a new study.

December 2012 |

We’ve all heard that red wine helps ward off heart disease. It’s also been celebrated for preventing wrinkles and even protecting against cancer. Most recently, however, the antioxidant known as resveratrol, which is found in red wine, has been proven to increase muscle strength.

A recent study published in the Journal of Physiology tested the antioxidant supplement on lab mice and found that those that were given the supplement experienced enhanced endurance, energy metabolism, muscle strength and cardiac function. In addition, it was found that the effects of the resveratrol mimicked results you would experience undergoing intense exercise training. Furthermore, researchers noted that the consumption of the resveratrol supplement in combination with exercise training provided better results than simply performing exercise training on its own.

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Although the effects have only been tested on mice, researchers are optimistic that the study would yield the same effects on humans. This is because of previous positive results in humans in regard to studies on the relationship between resveratrol and cardiac health and resveratrol and diabetes that initially showed promise in animal subjects.

These results may tempt you to down a bottle or two of wine a day, but take note—the concentration of resveratrol in red wine is too minute to yield the same results as the study. It is recommended that you take a dose of resveratrol supplement every day. “How much?” you ask? "Because the long-term effects of taking resveratrol haven't been studied in humans, I'm not yet comfortable recommending doses, but I take 250 mg per day," says the lead researcher in the study.

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