Can Drinking Red Wine Help Stop Fat Cells?

Can Drinking Red Wine Help Stop Fat Cells?

There is a substance in red wine, which is present in other foods as well, which researchers discovered as having the capability to stop fat cells from growing. Does this mean that people now have a reason to drink alcohol and lose fat at the same time?

The Benefits of Red Wine

The fact that drinking red wine offers some health benefits is not new to us. Its active ingredient, resveratrol, has been linked to better heart health and providing protection against skin cancer and other diseases. However, the idea that red wine can help you to lose fat is certainly new. How could it be when drinking just 5 ounces of vino gives 125 calories?

This idea of using booze for weight loss is certainly a dream come true for some people. Some researchers from the Purdue Universtiy discovered piceatannol, a compound that is present in foods like grapes, red wine and peanuts. This substance, when present in the body, can help stop the growth of fat cells and maybe the key for treating obesity in the long run.

How does Piceatannol work?

According to an article published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, piceatannol changes the gene function of body fat cells in their early stage of growth. The immature fat cells are called preadipocytes and take 10 days to become mature fat cells. Once this maturing process, which is called adipogenesis, is completed, the emerging mature fat cells are harder to melt away through diet or fat-burning activities. Researchers said that the piceatannol in the blood can stop adipogenesis entirely. If it is really true that fat cells will not grow to be mature fat cells, then it’s very possible for overweight adults to stop gaining weight and even lose weight.

Now, all this information does not tell us to just go ahead and drink a bottle of red wine, because the observed effects of piceatannol is not significant enough to see real weight loss. If you’re thinking of using piceatannol supplements, it’s not yet recommended until further study proves it to be effective and safe. Research on piceatannol with a means to measure its effects on body fat is essential.

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