You’ve probably heard of resveratrol before. Most folks have these days.
The plant extract is often referred to as the “red wine antioxidant,” and it is indeed found in the red grapes that we make wine out of.
But this natural anti-inflammatory is also found in most fruits with higher concentrations in purple and red ones such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and apples. And you’ll even find it in some other common foods, including pistachios, peanuts, and dark chocolate.
Research has found the compound may help reduce inflammation, naturally lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and discourage heart attack triggering clots from forming.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
But while resveratrol’s claim to fame is its link to heart health, it turns out this powerful polyphenol has another trick hiding up its sleeve. And if you’ve ever struggled to lose weight, this could be the leg up you’ve been looking for.
Because, incredibly, resveratrol may have the power to help you effortlessly burn through more calories. According to exciting new animal research, the natural antioxidant may be able to flip your body’s metabolism switch into fat-burning mode.
Gain 40% less weight with resveratrol
Researchers at Washington State University fed a bunch of mice a high-fat diet. But a smaller group of the critters also got a daily dose of resveratrol that would be equal to about 12 ounces of fruit for a human.
The effect of the fruit extract was nothing short of stunning. The lucky rodents that got the resveratrol gained 40 percent less weight than the pudgy control mice, according to the study published in the International Journal of Obesity.9
Researchers say the resveratrol achieved this feat by stimulating what’s essentially the Holy Grail of weight loss. And that’s energy-burning beige fat. According to the lead scientists on the study, the diet which contained just 0.1 resveratrol successfully transformed the blubbery white fat we all love to hate into fat-burning beige fat.
Put the power of resveratrol to work for you
For years scientists believed fat only came in two forms. There is white fat that stores energy like that dreaded belly bulge. And then there’s brown fat that burns through lipids to produce energy.
But a few years ago, researchers had a breakthrough. It turned out that white fat can be transformed, or “browned,” into a third kind of fat called beige fat. And now we know that resveratrol can fast forward this conversion.
More research is being done, but there’s no need to wait around for that to be completed. You can start putting the power of resveratrol to work for you starting today. For example, a handful of blueberries with breakfast and an apple at lunch should get you to the amount of the resveratrol used in the study. If you’re having trouble fitting in your servings of fruit, there are supplements available too.