Study Says Red Wine Could Help You Burn Fat

A compound in red grapes could improve the body's ability to burn fat, according to new research from Oregon State University.

Scientists found that ellagic acid slowed the growth of existing fat cells while also preventing the formation of new ones. It also was linked to an increased metabolism of fatty acids in the liver.

The study was conducted with animal trials which revealed that mice who were given the grape extract supplements also had higher activity levels of two particular proteins that help with metabolic processes, PPAR-alpha and PPAR gamma.

Moderation is still essential for health benefits

While red wine may have fat-burning properties, the authors suggest that moderation is key.

"Grapes or grape juice may help you achieve the same benefits, but these plant extracts are not equivalent to 'a weight-loss miracle'," said Neil Shay, biochemist at Oregon State University.

"We didn't find, and we didn't expect to, that these compounds would improve body weight," said Shay.

Burning fat, however, especially in the liver could help to improve overall health and decrease the dangers that go along with obesity.

Source: Oregon State University

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