On many other occasions we talked about some of the benefits of wine for health, referring to cardiovascular diseases, as an anti-ageing factor… But so far we haven’t had news of its possible influence as accelerator of weight loss, something that would be added to a long list of good reasons to drink wine, always in moderation.
According to a recent study by Oregon State University, a specific type of red wine slows the growth of fat cells in the liver, a finding that would indicate, once all relevant testing is performed, that consumption of red grapes -fresh, in form of juice or fermented as wine- could help solving health problems related to obesity, especially hepatic steatosis, also known as “fatty liver” or FLD.
In particular, the compound responsible for this beneficial behaviour of some types of grape is the ellagic acid, also present in oak galls, in addition to several fruits (for example blackberries and raspberries) and nuts (walnuts, pecans…), green tea and oolong tea. This polyphenol is found in grape varieties such as Red Muscadine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, etc., and ageing in oak barrels multiplies its presence in the wine resulting of its fermentation, so the more ageing, the better.
The study, conducted by biochemists and molecular biologists from the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU in collaboration with the Universities of Florida and Nebraska, concludes that ellagic acid improves fat accumulation in the liver and reduces the presence of blood sugar (in an experiment performed with laboratory mice overfed with a high fat diet).
This finding, if a similar behaviour in humans is confirmed, would prevent the occurrence of this type of liver fat, very common in people with obesity and diabetes, merely adding to a balanced diet and moderate exercise, the consumption of a small bunch of grapes daily, a glass of red wine, grape juice or its equivalent in other foods with presence of ellagic acid, which is also beneficial in the treatment of chronic inflammation, cholesterol, free radicals and even some types of cancer.
Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a red wine with DO Robertson from the Arabella cellar produced with cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage and 13º of volume of alcohol.
Catena Malbec 2012 is the maker of this Catena Malbec 2012, a red wine from this DO: Mendoza based on the top of malbec from 2012 vintage and 14º of alcohol.