Resveratrol is a natural, chemical compound found in peanuts, blueberries and especially grapes. Due to the large concentration of resveratrol in grapes, red wine – in which grapes are fermented longer than in white wine – is an excellent source as well. Resveratrol gives off antioxidant activity and has long been considered as a contributor to decreased risk of heart disease and cancer.
A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio found that resveratrol may also stimulate the fat controlling hormone, adiponectin. Adiponectin is a “good guy” hormone produced in small fat cells that counters susceptibility to diabetes and heart disease by making the liver and muscles more sensitive to insulin. Together, resveratrol and adiponectin “display anti-obesity, anti-insulin resistance and anti-aging properties.”
Dr. Feng Liu, professor of pharmacology at UT, stated that the study, “uncovers a novel mechanism by which resveratrol exerts its healthy beneficial effect,” and that “those who are obese, diabetic and growing older,” may be interested in its results.