Alcohol enthusiasts love invoking the health benefits of red wine to quell their guilt as they order a second bottle of Malbec with dinner. And now they have another factoid to cite while they argue the drink's healthfulness. Researchers have found that a much-heralded ingredient in the libation, resveratrol, reduces the negative effects astronauts face when in the weightlessness of space. But it's not just good news for space travelers: "The study also suggested that resveratrol may be able to prevent the deleterious consequences of sedentary behaviours in humans," reports the Daily Mail.
In other words: lazy folk, drink up. While scientists remind wine drinkers that imbibing red wine does not mean you can skip the gym, this does seem to say a glass of wine a day isn't a bad idea for the less active. "Resveratrol may not be a substitute for exercise, but it could slow deterioration until someone can get moving again.'"
But, really, how can something so delicious and intoxicating have any positive effects on your body? Theories of wine's benefits have circulated for years. A 1991 60 Minutes segment introduced modern Americans to the "French Paradox," which insinuated that wine decreases incidences of cardiac disease. Twenty years later, the Yale-New Haven hospital talks up the benefits of the drink, pointing to its effects on heart-health. Researchers included moderate alcohol consumption as one of the "eight proven ways to reduce coronary heart disease risk. However, research has suggested that specifically red wine is the most beneficial to your heart health."