Performance Enhancing Red Wine

There are already a number of research papers which associate moderate intake of red wine with a number of health promoting benefits including the reduction of blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Now it would appear that these benefits may also cross over into the sporting world, giving athletes a performance enhancing testosterone boost.

Testosterone is a naturally occurring steroid hormone which can increase muscle mass, boost stamina and speed up recovery. Athletes are banned from taking on excess testosterone to boost levels in order to gain a competitive edge.

Not only is red wine linked with boosting natural testosterone levels, it could also allow athletes to beat the anti-doping system. Compound Quercetin present in red wine blocks an enzyme known as UGT2B17 which is responsible for monitoring testosterone levels and transportation of the steroid hormone to the kidneys for excretion.


Jenkinson C, Petroczi A, Naughton DP, Red Wine and Component Flavanoids Inhibit UGT2B17 in Vitro, Nutrition Journal, 2012, 11(1).

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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