That glass of Merlot you thought was a guilty pleasure at dinner could actually be doing your body good.
New research by Washington State University has discovered the effects of resveratrol - found in berries and grapes. Resveratrol is polyphenol compound which boasts a lot of potential health benefits, including reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes.
The research indicates that with the help of resveratrol, the body may be able to change excess fat into active fat. This fat oxidization helps keep fat burning and prevents it from collecting and causing weight gain.
Blueberries, raspberries and grapes are extremely high in this powerful polyphenol. While wines like Merlot and Cabinet Sauvignon contain it as well, the compound's strength is somewhat weakened through the filtration process (that won't stop me from using it as my excuse to indulge).
Resveratrol is just one of the many polyphenols found in fruits. Berries also contain cancer fighting ellagic acid, and have been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent blood clots. Polyphenols can also promote digestive health and provide anti-aging properties. Getting enough berry-goodness is as easy as blending yourself a polyphenol-packed smoothie every morning! But these compounds aren't limited to berries - they are present in vegetables, dark chocolate and unsweetened green teas as well.
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