More reasons to drink! However, drink responsibly.
Research found out that the often-lauded health benefits of drinking wine are only effective in connection with exercise. So, go ahead and reward yourself after an intense workout, with a glass of your favourite wine!
A study published by the European Society of Cardiology tracked the results of people who drank wine five days out of the week over the course of one year. Men were allowed up to two-and-a-half glasses (0.3 L), while women drank one to two (0.2 L). Two groups were created, consisting 146 participants.
The trial, called “In Vino, Veritas,” revealed that those who worked out twice a week and drank wine showed “significant improvement” in cholesterol levels. The wine even increased levels of HDL cholesterol, the heart-healthy kind.
Professor Milos Taborsky, the study’s lead researcher, said in a press release that his results are conclusive.
“Our current study shows that the combination of moderate wine drinking plus regular exercise improves markers of atherosclerosis, suggesting that this combination is protective against cardiovascular disease.”
Taborsky said that wine by itself is not the answer.
“A rise in HDL cholesterol is the main indication of a protective effect against [cardiovascular disease], therefore we can conclude that neither red or white wine had any impact on study participants as a whole.”