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Obesity: beneficial

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March 23, 2009

Source: Daily Mail

Could drinking red wine prevent you from gaining weight? New research shows that red wine seems to reduce fat storage within the body by increasing levels of oestrogen. The female sex hormone plays a role in the body’s metabolism of fat. It also controls fat distribution.

Research at the University of Porto in Portugal shows that animals treated with red wine gained significantly less weight than controls who were given no alcohol but did the same amount of exercise over an eight-week period.

January 14, 2008

Source: Sirtris Pharmaceuticals

A compound found in red wine may eventually treat age-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

A Massachusetts-based drug company, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, has found that a reformulated version of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, improved the body’s ability to break down sugar – and prevented mice from becoming obese. In trials Sirtris’s SRT501 drug was showed that those taking resveratrol improved their score on an oral glucose tolerance test, which measures the body’s ability to break down and use sugar, a fundamental problem for diabetics.

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