We have spoken before about the numerous health benefits that the average person receives when he or she drinks a glass of wine or two every day. Red wine has been associated with improvements and reductions in several conditions, including heart disease, strokes, and cancers, plus it has been shown to make the human mind more active, thus possibly staving off neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
However, what if you are at the peak level of human physical performance. You do everything right. You eat properly and you exercise every day. You are an athlete in every single sense of the word. Can wine still offer any benefits to somebody who is already in exceptional condition?
The simple answer is yes! It most certainly can. However, it’s a little more complex than just saying wine, when consumed in the proper amounts will boost your performance. So instead, let’s take a look at how wine affects the athlete’s body and how this may prove beneficial to their physical exertions.
Red Wine and Testosterone
Testosterone has long been a driving force in athletic performance. It helps athletes recover from workouts quicker and proves to be a driving force behind the competitive spirit that all athletes must have if they are to find any level of success. In fact, testosterone has become so important in athletic pursuits that some athletes cheat by using injections of testosterone or special drugs that boost the amount of testosterone that the body creates so they can give themselves a competitive edge.
So what does this have to do with wine? Will, according to a study conducted by Kingston University in London, England, red wine, in particular, may actually boost the amount of testosterone created by the human body, thus offering athletes a natural way to boost how much of the hormone they have in their systems.
Of course, it’s important to drink in the right doses. After all, too much wine will leave you inebriated and unable to do the things that make you an athlete in the first place. However, a glass or so every night may well prove beneficial in the long run.
You may have heard of resveratrol before. It is that remarkable little compound that plays such an important role in wine’s other positive effects, however, it also has other functions that many may not be aware of.
Chief among these is its ability to help the human body regulate its metabolism, allowing it to burn fat faster and make better use of the food that you put into your body. Numerous studies have shown that resveratrol really speeds up the work of the cells that metabolize fat.
Again, much like with the testosterone production benefit, it is important that you consume wine in small doses to make full use of these benefits. After all, wine and other alcohols can still be fattening if consumed in large doses, plus inebriation again plays a part. However, the odd glass here or there may just give your body that extra bit of resveratrol, allowing it to burn fat quicker, thus helping you get into peak athletic condition.
While wine has been shown to have numerous cardiovascular benefits, it is not often associated with improving the system to the point where it athletes can use it to boost their workouts. However, that may be changing. Another recent study has shown that drinking a couple of glasses of wine each week may actually have remarkable cardiovascular benefits.
In fact, the study discovered that this particular dose of wine could fuel the cardiovascular system, allowing athletes to engage in more intense exercises, thus preparing themselves for the highest levels of competition.
The simple fact of the matter is that wine, when consumed in the right amounts, is very good for the human heart.
Pain is a part of every athlete’s life. The aches and pains that follow a good workout can be so severe that the athlete struggles to do anything else for the rest of the day. Plus, those who engage in strenuous physical activities place themselves at greater risk of suffering injuries, from pulled muscles through to broken bones.
Now, we aren’t recommending that anybody who sustains an injury during their training should drink wine to cure it. Get down to the hospital as quick as you can and you will be rehabbing it in no time.
However, wine has been shown to have pain reducing properties that may make it ideal for soothing those aching muscles after a big session. We would never have though that an ice bath with a glass of wine would help heal the human body’s ills, but it looks like it may do just that.
Improving Bone Density
A little known fact about red wine is that it actually contains a fair amount of silicon, as does white wine and beer. This may seem unappetizing at first, however, it turns out the human body actually needs a certain amount of silicon to maintain its strength, particular in regards to the density of bones.
The long and short of it is that the occasional glass of wine will lead to you consuming a little more silicon, which improves the density of your bones. Better bone density means lower risk of injury, so you can work harder and really reach the peak levels of performance that your body needs to attain.
The Final Word
So there you have it! In the right amounts, red wine can have a remarkable number of benefits for athletes. In fact, as the science and knowledge relating to red wine’s effects on the body improves, we believe that we will start seeing a lot more sports nutritionists begin implementing wines into their plans.
Of course, as with most consumables, wine won’t help your athletic performance if you don’t actually get out there and exercise. So head out for a run or go to the gym, happy in the knowledge that you can reward yourself later with a glass of red wine that will actually improve your athletic performances.