The health benefits of red wine have long been recognized by the scientific world. Compounds found in the beverage are believed to provide protection against heart and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as reduce the risk of several cancers. Now, research suggests it may help control obesity, too.
Though exercise is certainly imperative for both weight control and general health, a substance called piceatannol was found to hinder the growth of fat cells in the body. According to Purdue University in Indiana, this red wine compound limits insulin activity that results in the growth and maturity of fat cells.
Dr. Kee-Hong Kim, lead researcher, explained: “In the presence of piceatannol you can see delay or complete inhibition of young fat cells.
Piceatannol alters the timing of gene expressions, gene functions and insulin action during adipogenesis- the process in which young fat cells become mature fat cells.”
He added that in order for the discovery to have an impact on society, the scientists need to “work on improving the stability and solubility of piceatannol to create a biological effect.”
Other red wine compounds, such as resveratrol, have similar effects on the body’s health. Resveratrol is sometimes sold as an agent to combat disease, as well as to prevent heart conditions and cancers. Both compounds can be found in blueberries, grapes and passion fruit as well as red wine.