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YAY! Another study sez red wine may reduce fat. Drink on!

on 06/04/12 at 8:40 am

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Piceatannol could also play an important role in controlling obesity.

Could red wine be a fat zapper in a bottle?

In a study published in this week’s issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from Purdue University say they’ve found a compound in red wine, grapes, blueberries and passion fruit that blocks immature fat cells’ ability to develop and grow.

Similar in structure to resveratrol –- the compound vaunted as the heart-healthy agent in red wine — piceatannol is also thought to help protect the body against cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Resveratrol is converted to piceatannol in humans after consumption.

But piceatannol could also play an important role in controlling obesity, researchers say, after finding that the compound acted as a fat blaster in young cells.

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