If you want to avoid gaining weight, it may be time to ditch the skipping rope and grab a corkscrew instead. Four United States experts have found a compound in red wine that can help control obesity. The substance, piceatannol, delays the generation of young fat cells and prevents them from growing into mature ones.
It is also thought to protect the body from heart and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as cancer.
Lead researcher Dr Kee-Hong Kim of Purdue University, in Indiana, said: ‘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.
Dr Kim, assistant professor of food science at the university, added: ‘We are now testing our idea using animal model obesity to see if it has the same benefical functions.
‘We need to work on improving the stability and solubility of piceatannol to create a biological effect.'
Purdue's research was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. - Daily Mail
Research shows that drinking one glass of wine four to six nights per week can help you live longer and increase your 'good' (HDL) cholesterol. These perks seem to be attributed to alcohol in general, not specifically to red wine. However, a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals a new benefit of drinking that is specific to the antioxidants found in red wine —digestive health.
Your digestive tract houses a wide variety of bacteria, some good, some bad. Decreases in good bacteria and/or increases in bad bacteria have been linked to a growing list of health issues, including weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. Red wine can help shift the types of bacteria in your digestive track so there's more of the good kind, making you healthier and potentially leaner.
Here's how it works: Red wine's red color comes from antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols can help improve your health in a variety of ways, but one problem with certain polyphenols, especially the ones in red wine, is that your body doesn't absorb them very well. It has been estimated that almost half of the polyphenols consumed are not absorbed during the normal initial phases of digestion. While this sounds like a bad thing, the unabsorbed polyphenols become food for the good bacteria in your digestive track. This is exactly what Spanish researchers found when they examined the digestive tracks of people who drank red wine every day for 20 days.
In addition to improving the quality of the bacteria in digestive tracts, study participants also saw improvement in several major risk factors for cardiovascular disease , like triglyceride levels. This is likely due to the fact that the good bacteria in your digestive tract can help improve metabolism for a faster rate of burning that fat
Exercise and wine
According to a study on the health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, your body could receive some of the benefits of hitting the gym without sweat-inducing exercise.
According to researchers at Canada’s University of Alberta, the compound might boost heart rate and amp up muscle performance.
Jason Dyck, the lead researcher, writes that the discovery might be helpful for people who just can’t exercise, saying,
I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable.
Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do
Sure, we’ve heard a glass of red wine with dinner is “healthy,” but most of us never really wrapped our minds around what that means.
To reap the benefits of resveratrol, you could also munch on some kinds of nuts or fruit that also contain it, like pistachios and grapes.
Unfortunately, this is strictly reserved to red wine, so that $11 Pinot Grigio you have in your fridge doesn’t apply.
And red wine does still count towards your alcohol intake, so be careful not to overindulge
Sparkling wine can it help Brain Disease
Scientists say a compound found in Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier prevents the onset of brain disease. People who drink Sparkling wine regularly could boost their spatial memory. This is based on a study done on rats by Reading University All they required three glasses a week.
One study found that the sparkling wine contained high levels of polyphenols – antioxidants found in red grapes but less intensely in white – that can lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems