Researchers at the University of the Basque Country in Spain have discovered that an antioxidant compound known as resveratrol may be effective in helping those who are overweight or obese lose body fat.
Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound found in red wine, grapes, grape juice, peanuts and some berries according to reports from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
In a study comparing the benefits of the antioxidant and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), resveratrol came out on top as it was shown to reduce triglyceride levels while the researchers observed no weight loss effects of CLA.
Authors of the study said that combining resveratrol with a low-calorie diet may promote weight loss in individuals with excess body fat due to its triglyceride-lowering effects.
Further studies may be needed to examine any additional benefits or adverse effects of the compound.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports than an estimated one-third of Americans are obese. The condition has been associated with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and hypertension.