Help kiss metabolic syndrome goodbye just by touching your lips to a glass of this: grape juice. Seems that resveratrol -- a compound found in red grapes, red wine, and grape juice -- starts a helpful chain reaction that could keep metabolic syndrome in check. And that's a very good thing, because metabolic syndrome significantly increases the likelihood of heart disease.
Resveratrol's Big Bag of Tricks
Here's how it works: In an animal cell study, researchers watched it all go down. Seems that resveratrol triggers a process that results in a hormone called adiponectin -- and this hormone is something special. It helps protect the lining of blood vessels from inflammation, enhances the function of insulin, increases glucose tolerance, and stymies the development of both metabolic syndrome and heart disease. Pretty hot stuff. Especially for people who are struggling with their weight, since arterial inflammation and insulin and glucose problems can be a real problem for obese people. Not only that, but obese people tend to have lower adiponectin levels to begin with.