A surprising new study published in the FASEB Journal suggests that resveratrol, the popular known compound found in red wine, may prevent the negative effects that spaceflight and inactive lifestyles have on people. The study, which compared two groups of rats in parallel environments to that of astronauts, found that the suspended rats suffered from reduced muscles mass, strength, loss of bone mineral density and a development of insulin resistance, whilst the other group, that were fed resveratrol daily, did not display any of the negative effects.
The new findings seem to confirm the longstanding potential health benefits associated with moderate red wine consumption, famously known as the ‘French Paradox’ – The French have lower rates of heart disease, despite a diet high in saturated fat, smoking and significant amounts of coffee. Many scientists believe that while resveratrol alone offers potential health benefits, it is more likely that the phenomenon of the French Paradox is due to a combination of substances found in red grape skin, and subsequently red wine that include resveratrol, along with a significant list of other compounds.
Exercise in a bottle?
“There are overwhelming data showing that the human body needs physical activity, but for some of us, getting that activity isn’t easy”, said Gerald Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal.
“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 deterioration until someone can get moving again.”
Previous resveratrol research also showed some very promising results for people with blood sugar irregularities (often related to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and obesity). Researchers speculate the improvement could be due to resveratrol’s potent antioxidant activity, because oxidative stress is “widely accepted” as a key factor in insulin resistance.
So, whilst we don’t recommend ditching the exercise altogether, if you do find that you are going to be out of action for a short while, taking a daily resveratrol supplement such as Res-V Ultimate can help support your health until you are able to get moving again.
One capsule of Res-V Ultimate has the equivalent amount of resveratrol found in 10-30 bottles of red wine and it’s not just resveratrol in Res-V Plus, we’ve also included green tea, pine bark, turmeric, red grape skin and red grape seed extract. All these ingredients are formulated to work together to provide supportive health and energy benefits.