More Reasons to Love Red Wine: Weight Loss

Alcohol is notorious for stifling weight loss efforts and although wine has many heart healthy properties and the potential to extend your life, at 125 calories per 5 ounces, it can hinder your efforts for a slimmer waistline.

Wine lovers may soon rejoice – scientists have uncovered yet another miraculous compound, potent in red wine – piceatannol. Piceatannol is similar in structure to resveratrol, the chemical compound in red wine that is known for extending the lifespan. Piceatannol, however, has the potential to control obesity by blocking cellular processes that allow fat cells to develop.

Before you begin downing bottles of red wine per day in pursuit of weight loss nirvana, you may want to consider that development of these results is still in the very early stages. The results were published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Biochemistry and the lead researcher, Kee-Hong Kim, told Science Daily, “We need to work on improving the stability and solubility of piceatannol to create a biological effect.”

Kim and his team observed how piceanntol works inside the body – binding to insulin receptors in the initial stages of adipogenesis and inhibiting later stages of fat cell formation – but now they need to discover just how to isolate the compound and the appropriate dosage to be effective. The concentrations of the compound were quite high and observed in an animal model of obesity during the study, but this evidence could lead to the development of weight loss supplements or medications that are truly safe and effective.

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