Red wine antioxidant could give metabolism a boost


Results of a small study show that obese men who take a small daily dose of the supplement resveratrol — found as a natural compound in red wine — appear to improve their metabolism as much as if they were on a strict low-calorie diet.

Animal studies have previously found that resveratrol reduces insulin resistance and protects against the bad effects of a high-fat diet. This is similar to what happens when people restrict the number of calories they take in, which has been shown to delay the onset of age-related diseases, the Dutch researchers say.

“Now we have shown for the first time that resveratrol works in humans. It opens the avenue for more research to see if it could be helpful in people with type 2 diabetes,” said lead researcher Patrick Schrauwen from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.


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