The positive health benefits associated with a daily glass of red wine have been known for some time. In fact my doctor recommends regular moderate amounts of red wine as a means of minimizing the risk of heart disease. Great advice!
But the latest news from the researchers could be even better – red wine information stops obesity. Can it be that researchers at Purdue University have come up with something that could be the answer to the weighty problem which is the health scourge of the Western world?
It seems that a compound identified in red wine (called piceatannol – where do they get these names from?) has the capability to block the development of fat cells.
Kee-Hong Kim, an assistant professor of food science, and Jung Yeon Kwon, a graduate student in Kim’s laboratory, reported in this week’s issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry that the compound piceatannol blocks an immature fat cell’s ability to develop and grow.
While similar in structure to resveratrol — the compound found in red wine, grapes and peanuts that is thought to combat cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases — piceatannol might be an important weapon against obesity. Resveratrol is converted to piceatannol in humans after consumption.
“Piceatannol actually alters the timing of gene expressions, gene functions and insulin action during adipogenesis, the process in which early stage fat cells become mature fat cells,” Kim said. “In the presence of piceatannol, you can see delay or complete inhibition of adipogenesis.” Read the complete article here.
Sounds almost too good to be true doesn’t it? A glass of red wine seems to be taking on more of a presence than merely an enjoyable complement to a lovely meal.
Of course if these health benefits are to be realized, then it is imperative that the consumer is aware that quantity consumed does not generate proportional benefits. Put another way, the law of diminishing returns applies when any link is made between improved health and wine consumption.
So the message is, drink wine moderately and enjoy it for what it is. Any additional benefits surrounding improved health is merely an unexpected bonus. Do you agree? Have your say below.
If you would like to watch a video where the researcher Mr. Kee-Hong Kim tells how red wine information stops obesity then click below.