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Sunday, November 19, 2006

To Your Health: Red Wine Compound Boosts Endurance

Resveratrol, a component in red wine that has recently been credited with a number of potential health benefits, appears in a new study to make muscles burn more energy and work more efficiently. Mice treated with resveratrol could run twice as far as normal.

The Institute for Genetics and Cellular and Molecular Biology in Strasbourg, France, conducted the study that is being published in the journal Cell. The study also produced evidence linking the biological channel used by resveratrol to humans, indicating that it can help by increasing human endurance.

Researchers say they still need further study on resveratrol and how to more effectively concentrate the compound in pill form. Resveratrol is found in red wine, grapes, peanuts and other foods.

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