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Growing up in the heart of the wine country in Sonoma Valley, I’m no stranger to the world of reds, whites and sparkling. That said, when I got serious about my diet and exercise regimen, I cut out all alcohol, thinking it would produce the best results for my body.  But it wasn’t until I visited with a friend who happens to be a private winemaker, that I learned about all of the positive benefits of red wine, and why I might be missing out on an opportunity to decrease even more belly fat, just by drinking it every other night. This was news to me, and the idea of enjoying a glass of vino with my broccoli and chicken while losing even more stubborn belly fat in the process sounded just shy of the best thing since sliced bread. Gluten free bread, of course.

After discussing the topic with my wine expert friend at length and following up the conversation with my own research, I found that not only does wine consist of a powerful cancer and disease-fighting antioxidant, it can reduce belly fat and increase your endurance level. And who can argue with wine logic?

Why Wine?

The truth is, as much as we love wine, we are mainly after a component most commonly found in and associated with wine, called resveratrol. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in certain fruits, vegetables and chocolates. Minus the vegetables, we have ourselves a perfect girls night in! It is produced when the skin of the fruit is penetrated, prompting healing properties to release, essentially protecting our bodies from illness, injuries and inflammation. Because of it’s potent antioxidant qualities, taking resveratrol will ultimately help fight and fend off a wide variety of cancers, lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease, and even help control and treat chronic inflammatory disease. Wine also consists of potassium and iron, which, respectively, help keep your heart beating strong and deliver oxygen to your body. In addition, wine also contains high quantities of fluoride, manganese, phosphorous and choline, and vitamins B6 and B2, which give you an extra boost of energy and oxygen! Resveratrol is also found to activate the SIRT1 gene, which is a biological mechanism that protects the body against obesity and aging!

Resveratrol also is making waves in the endurance department, as it is shown to activate enzymes that increase your muscles ability to better utilize oxygen. Runners recognize this performance enhancement as a higher VO2 Max, which essentially means that the higher your VO2 max, the longer you can keep up with an intense workout. In simplified terms, when your muscles are using oxygen more efficiently, you are processing energy more efficiently, and ultimately have increased endurance abilities.

Drinking a small glass of red wine with dinner every other night is not only delicious and refreshing, research has shown that it rewards you with increased endurance benefits and less body mass than those who only enjoy wine on occasion. All of the nutrients and antioxidant properties found in wine work seamlessly to give you that extra boost of oxygen and energy that you need to enhance your performance and shrink your waist!

Pair Every Other Dinner with Red Wine

I must divulge, I am thoroughly addicted to drinking apple cider beverages with dinner every night (trust me- it’s amazing for your digestive health! More on this later…) so the thought of switching out my beloved, healthy ACV for a glass of wine sounded intimidating. Instead, I pulled up my big girl pants and chose to drink a small glass of wine with dinner every other night, and save my ACV beverage for the days I don’t have wine, or after dinner on the days I do have it, so I could get the best of both worlds with fat burning and added digestive health. The trick is, instead of consuming a full glass of wine, stick to pouring only 2-3 ounces. That sounds easy enough, right? Some wine is better than no wine!

Why 2-3 Ounces?

Remember, consuming a small amount of wine is a great opportunity to remove belly fat and increase your endurance. But a line between healthy and unhealthy must be drawn, and consuming a large amount of wine for it’s health benefits is like telling an insanely hot guy that you have 15 cats and knit tea cozies for fun. Just don’t do it, you are throwing away a perfectly good opportunity! I find that it is incredibly easy to go overboard on a good vino, so if you limit yourself to those 2-3 ounces, you’ll be at the perfect amount for the added health benefits, without going too overboard. Hot guy may or may not be included.

What if I Don’t Want the Alcohol?

For those who want the increased endurance and fat burning benefits without the enjoyment of wine (I mean… Are you even human?!), resveratrol supplements are available at your local vitamin retailers, so you can get the goodies without the added calories, sugar and alcohol. That said, most capsules contain contain extracts from the Japanese and Chinese knotweed plant, while fewer contain the extract from grapes or red wine. Doctors have found an even stronger way to naturally fight inflammation and increase antioxidant properties by supplementing with both resveratrol and curcumin, derived from turmeric, together to get a potent inflammation fighting concoction that is extremely high in antioxidants and beneficial for weight loss.

Top 9 Reasons to Supplement With Resveratrol

1.     Endurance Enhancement

Supplementing with Resveratrol has been proven to enhance cardiac function as well as help your muscles better utilize oxygen and energy. This is known as an increased VO2 max, which improves your ability to workout harder, faster and for a longer period of time. Research has shown a performance increase of 21% when supplementing with resveratrol and endurance training.

2.     Improved Weightloss

Studies have shown that resveratrol boosts our muscles ability to absorb glucose. This means that more calories will be utilized and burned off by our muscles than stored in the body as fat. Resveratrol also activates the SIRT1 gene, which again, is the biological mechanism that protects the body against obesity! Because resveratrol also increases your body’s energy and endurance, you are ultimately left with a healthy, natural way to burn that stubborn belly fat while increasing your performance and feeling amazing.

3.     Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease has repeatedly hit the ranks as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Studies have shown that just by drinking a small glass of red wine every night, or every other night, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and atherosclerotic disease by 30%! If your family has a history of heart disease, red wine and/or resveratrol is one of the best ways that you can avoid cardiac related conditions.

4.     Lower Cholesterol

High cholesterol (LDL) is something we all want to be mindful of, especially as we are getting older. Supplementing with resveratrol or red wine has been proven to reduce your blood levels of LDL cholesterol in addition to protecting against heart attacks and heart disease, thanks to it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If you suffer from high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about supplementing with resveratrol to help manage and lower your levels!

5.     Cancer Prevention

Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties and high potency of antioxidants, recent studies have concluded that resveratrol is an effective anticancer agent, and proven to slow down the production of cancer cells. If you have a history of cancer in your family, and more specifically colon cancer, supplementing with resveratrol, or obtaining it naturally through eating grapes, blueberries, cranberries, red wine or dark chocolate will work as a cancer preventative and/or limit the spread of the cancer.

6.     Anti-Aging Qualities

Cataracts and bone loss are both common signs of aging. A study by Missouri researchers, however, concluded that supplementing with resveratrol provides you with a way to combat this normal aging process, and potentially reverse it by regulating angiogenesis and preventing the abnormal growth of blood vessels that cause poor eyesight. The SIRT1 gene that is activated by resveratrol consumption is also beneficial in fighting aging! If you are experiencing bone loss or vision loss, you can also try supplementing with omega3’s, betacarotene, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin E.

7.     Hormonal Support

As men age, it’s very common to have a decrease of testosterone. If you think this may be a factor for you, you can talk to your doctor about testosterone replacement therapy. However, studies conducted on mice have shown an increase of blood testosterone concentration by 50% or more over a 28 day period of taking resveratrol every day. Even if you don’t see quite as drastic of a change in 28 days, researchers still conclude that supplementing with resveratrol or red wine is likely to assist in boosting your testosterone!

8.     Increased Focus

Drinking red wine has proven to increase neurological blood flow, post consumption, prompting better memory function and overall increased mental performance. It is one of the few supplements that can cross the blood-brain barrier and help protect your brain and nervous system from brain fog and inflammation. Have a big test coming up? Try supplementing with resveratrol to improve your focus and ace it!

9.     Fight Inflammation

Resveratrol has been proven to prevent your body from creating two molecules known to cause inflammation (sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D), and is thusly effective in fighting chronic inflammation as well as disease associated with inflammation, like diabetes, Hashimoto’s, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and even Alzheimers disease. Lower your inflammatory response by consuming resveratrol every other  day!

 

Let’s Get Started

Pour 2-3 ounces of wine in a glass.

Drink it.

Be happy.

You’re welcome.

 

OR

 

Talk to your doctor or visit your vitamin retailer to find the resveratrol supplement that’s right for you.

NOTE OF CAUTION

Resveratrol is most commonly associated with wine, however you can obtain resveratrol naturally through fruits like blueberries, cranberries, grapes and chocolate (in my world, chocolate is a fruit). That said, while drinking a small 2-3 ounce glass of wine every other night is deemed healthy, it may not be for everyone. If you prefer to supplement with resveratrol instead, you can find resveratrol supplements and your vitamin retailer. Talk to your doctor about supplementing with resveratrol if you are pregnant, have any hormone related condition.. Resveratrol may slow blood clotting, or increase your risk of bleeding during surgery, so it’s advised that you stop taking resveratrol at least 2 weeks prior to any planned surgeries.

Do you drink red wine or supplement with resveratrol? Have you seen the health benefits? Let us know in the comments below.

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