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Compound Found In Wine Shows Weight Loss Potential

Researchers from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France, recently conducted the first study on primates to determine if a link exists between resveratrol and weight loss.

Their findings were published in the June 2010 issue of the journal BMC Physiology.

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found most abundantly in grape skins. The chemical is also present in cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries, but in smaller amounts.

For the study researchers fed lemurs a diet supplemented with resveratrol for four weeks.

At the end of the four weeks the researchers observed reductions in both food intake and body mass gains. They also saw a 13% decrease in calorie intake and a 29% decrease in their resting metabolic rate.

Resveratrol has gained an increasing amount of attention for its health benefits which range from help with increasing energy levels, regulating blood glucose levels in diabetics, better brain health, lower risk of lung cancer, improving metabolism, and improved liver function.

The science backing the health benefits of resveratrol is growing, however it is important to note that while wine is an excellent source of resveratrol, these findings should not be seen as an excuse to drink more alcohol. Drinking 1-2 glasses per night appears to provide significant health benefits. Once you get beyond that, those benefits are quickly offset.

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