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Performance-Enhancing Red Wine

January 22, 2013 by  

Performance-Enhancing Red Wine

In light of Lance Armstrong’s finally coming clean about doping during a career that included winning seven Tour de France titles, researchers at London’s Kingston University felt compelled to share with the World Anti-Doping Agency an interesting discovery they made.

Red wine can increase testosterone, a performance-enhancing hormone; yet it causes the findings of a drug test that measures testosterone in urine to be distorted, because it reduces the amount of testosterone secreted by the body.

Testosterone is a naturally occurring steroid hormone present in both men and women. It can increase muscle mass, boost stamina and speed recovery. In the professional sporting world, athletes are prohibited from taking testosterone or a synthetic version of it. Drinking red wine, however, is not against the rules.

Lead researcher Declan Naughton of the university’s School of Life Sciences stressed that the research had been conducted so far in test-tube experiments and had yet to be carried out on humans.

“A full clinical study would be needed to determine the effects on people but, if the same results were found, it would confirm that compounds in red wine can reduce the amount of testosterone in urine and give a boost to testosterone levels,” he said.

Kellye Copas

Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

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  • robb

    Bet it won’t be difficult to get volunteers for testing on humans.

  • Di,Cerrillos, NM

    In one session with AA Michael, I asked for the truth about how much wine is good for one. He showed me a table about 30 feet long filled with glasses of water, at the end there was one glass of red wine.
    IMHO, the toxic substance at the root of trouble down through history is testosterone. It can cause stupidity and war.
    At least Lance was channelling his T through his chosen sport instead of sabre rattling and invading some defenseless African country with untapped resources.
    Whether he enhanced or not, Lance is good at cycling and he used his fame for charity.

    • Bill

      All men should work on increasing their testosterone at all ages. As a man ages, his testosterone levels drop, and diseases occur. If you remember in your twenties (when your testosterone levels were at their highest), you could do anything and you did not get sick.

      It should be part of all mens anti aging health plans to keep their testosterone levels at their highest.

    • Wizzid0

      Obvious from your comment, low testosterone causes nagging and bitchiness.

  • Davidus Romanus

    If this is true, shouldn’t the French be winning all the time?


    And it wouldn’t do a thing for those of us who cannot drink wine, much less any other type of alcoholic beverages. Guess I gotta look for another way to go since I quit over 15 years ago..


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