At this point, they should conduct a study to tell us what is actually good for us. Resveratrol is joining a long list of ‘healthy’ ingredients, foods or vitamins that are not living up to their claims. Just yesterday, it was milk not doing a body good. That vitamin C to ward off colds? Yeah, it doesn’t work either.

The average person is probably staring at their bottle of water and asking, ‘What dark magic rests within the bottle?’ Well, if it’s not BPA free… I’m kidding. Maybe all this research will pay off and it turns out we need steady diet of baked goods. The donut diet. Yeah, I’m 100% on board if that’s the case.

So, resveratrol. The miracle compound found in the skin of red grapes. Benefits range from lower blood pressure and helping prevent heart attacks. Maybe it’s just a glass of red wine calms you down?

With the list of stated effects, companies have jumped into the supplement market, pushing pills to boost the benefit of exercise. Enter the new study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

Researchers divided participants into two groups, and subjected them to high-intensity interval training for four weeks. One group was given resveratrol, while the other received the placebo.

The result? Those taking the supplement didn’t see the same amount of benefits from exercising than the control group. Granted, the study only looked at 16 people, but study author Brendon Gurd, a professor at Queens University, said the compound appeared to “inhibit the body’s normal training response.”

That’s not what gym rats want to hear, but researchers are stressing the need for further study. Expect larger sample groups to emerge in future studies.

While some will be quick to criticize other studies suggesting benefits, it should be noted that this did not disprove the benefits. All the research states is that if you are using this as a way to augment physical training, you might want to stop.

Besides, a glass of red wine is much more appealing than a handful of pills.


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