If you’ve been reading the news in the past few years, you may have heard some of the hype concerning berries and red wine, which reportedly contain some of the same healthy compounds commonly found in herbal supplements made with dark-purple fruit peels. But what are these benefits? And can they be gotten without drinking alcohol?
The compound found in red wine, among other sources, is called resveratrol, and scientists are excited about its potential as an antioxidant and all-around health-promoting substance.
Recently, a researcher at Spain’s University of the Basque Country published a report linking the consumption of resveratrol to improvements in triglyceride levels and body fat percentage among humans and laboratory animals.
Specifically, the author noted that participants fed a resveratrol-rich diet displayed more lipolysis, or gradual breakdown of fat cells into triglycerides and then into fatty acids and smaller molecules, compared to those fed unenriched fare.
For individuals looking to add resveratrol to their daily food intake, red and purple berries contain ample amounts of the substance, as do red wine which should be consumed in limited quantities and dietary supplements.