Resveratrol, a compound in red wine, has been heralded in past studies for health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and slashing heart disease risk. But one of its supposed perks— enhancing the effects of exercise— has been challenged in new research.
According to a small study published in the November 2014 issue of the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, resveratrol (RSV) may impede the body’s response to physical training.
“The easiest way to experience the benefits of physical activity is to be physically active,” Dr. Brendon Gurd, a kinesiology and health studies professor at Queen’s University in Canada, said in a news release. “The efficacy of RSV at improving metabolic and
cardiovascular functions is not as profound as once thought.”