Going to the gym is hard. Sometimes just getting the motivation to leave the house seems impossible and why is your front door so far away from your couch? Do you ever wish there was an easier way to get the benefits of a rigorous workout without putting on pants? Then I have great news for you. A study from John Hopkins University discovered that raisins contain a chemical that can improve organ function, circulation, muscle growth, and bone density even more efficiently than a Pilates class you despise. Yeah, you heard me: Raisins! Scientists also discovered that a glass of red wine had a similar effect.
Scientists tested this powerful antioxidant on a lucky sample group of rodents that were fed raisins, while the control group was fed nothing at all and rode tiny stationary bikes.
“The results were so astounding that we immediately approved testing a daily dose of raisins on diabetic patients,” said Dr. Richard Sandino. “The treated group was also given a bottle of wine and a small dose of medicinal marijuana.”
This is fantastic news for doctors and raisin-lovers everywhere, but don’t expect your doctor to tell you to eat more raisins. He’s probably afraid you won’t be able to stop! Keep in mind that moderation is key. You can have too much of a good thing, even something as good as raisins.
You may reap some other well-known benefits that come from making raisins a staple of your diet.
“The test group had fewer instances of cancer, arthritis, fine lines and wrinkles, dementia, and lived longer than the subjects that did not consume raisins,” Dr. Sandino adds. “We also observed this effect in subjects that habitually consume red wine, pistachios, and have regular oral sex.”
More studies on human subjects still need to be conducted, but that could take decades. Why wait? We say if it’s good enough for the rats, then it’s good enough for us. Please, pass the raisins!