2 Powerful Ingredients in Red Wine May Burn Fat and Aid Weight Loss
Can drinking red wine really help you burn fat?
According to Research – Yes!
Red wine is a type of alcoholic drink made from red grapes. Widely consumed worldwide, it is an important component of the diet in the Mediterranean region. Healthy when consumed in moderation, it may lower the risks of heart attack and stroke by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Red wine may positively impact a person’s mental status because it reduces stress and boosts mental functionality. According to research, another potential advantage is its ability to burn body fat and aid in weight loss.
How can red wine help the body burn fat?
Red wine has natural phenols that may effectively burn fat. Known as Resveratrol and Ellagic Acid, these compounds are antioxidants that provide a small boost to the body’s metabolism. They are present in different quantities throughout various types of wine grapes, though Muscadine Grapes are thought to be the richest source of these compounds.
Resveratrol can be found in the skin of the grape and is far more abundant in red wine than white. It helps the body’s white fat convert into an easily burnable type of fat, i.e., beige fat (sometimes called brown fat). This fat is burned so the body does not overload with lipids. Additionally, resveratrol has been shown to protect mitochondria and upregulate cells’ mitochondria biogenesis that would promote fat burning in the liver and muscles.
The other magical, fat-burning compound in red wine is Ellagic Acid. This compound is found in fruit in varying amounts. Ellagic acid has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative (i.e., inhibit the growth of malignant or tumor cells) abilities. Further research shows this compound to be good for overweight and obese people because it could slow down existing fat cell growth and may prevent the formation of new ones. It benefits the liver by boosting its ability to burn fat and may defend against fatty liver. This does not cause weight loss per se but could help reduce the fat mass in the body.
The consumption of this claret-colored beverage in moderate quantities may play a small role in keeping the body from accumulating unwanted fat, leading to reduced risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, and lower obesity. In addition, the antioxidant properties of resveratrol and ellagic acid may protect against cancer.
Be mindful of how much red wine you consume!
An important thing to remember is that even though red wine is considered healthy, it contains alcohol and over-consumption of any alcohol-based beverage can induce dangerous health consequences like heart disease, stroke, liver problems including fatty liver, mental health problems, pancreatitis, and may promote the development of certain cancers.
With respect to alcohol-based red wine, the CDC recommends “up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age. This is not intended as an average over several days, but rather the amount consumed on any single day. The Guidelines also do not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason.”
Other Sources of Resveratrol and Ellagic Acid
The good news is that you do not need to drink red wine to obtain ellagic acid and resveratrol, as these compounds are also present in other fruits.
Foods High in Resveratrol
- Red grapes (the skin)
- Organic dark chocolate
Foods High in Ellagic Acid:
Regularly consuming these foods may provide the body with enough resveratrol and ellagic acid. Therefore, a person may still be able to take advantage of their potential fat-burning effects.
Despite the ability of these compounds to help with weight loss, they are not the end-all-be-all solution to weight loss. Drinking all the red wine in the world (definitely not recommended) and consuming all foods high in ellagic acid and resveratrol won’t help you lose weight if the underlying physiological issues are not being addressed.