Melissa Locker
May 1, 2018

Crack open the cabernet, and pull out the merlot – because red wine before bed may help you lose weight. You read that correctly.

Back in 2015, researchers at Washington State University were able to show that a little red wine before bed could help with weight loss, as reported by Woman’s Day. This magical sounding possibility is all thanks to a substance called resveratrol, which is a polyphenol found in red wine. Resveratrol can help transform stubborn white fat into beige fat, which is much easier to burn off. Beige fat is made of smaller cells that burn energy to keep our bodies warm, whereas white fat is used by the body to store energy and is what tends to expand when we gain weight. If you’re trying to lose weight, the more beige fat, the better and seems like resveratrol can help.

This ability to transform white fat into beige fat isn’t resveratrol’s only party trick either. Another study, this time conducted on bees, found that when bees had their diets supplemented with resveratrol, they ate less and lived longer. While, it’s a big jump to think that humans and bees will respond the same way to a substance, it certainly can’t hurt to have a glass of wine or two with dinner.

According to the smart minds at the Mayo Clinic, resveratrol is good for your heart, too. It helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol, prevents blood clots, and may lower risk of some of the factors that lead to heart disease. According to a Canadian study from 2012, resveratrol can also help develop muscle akin to endurance training, but without the whole sweating thing. That’s not all, either: A recent study conducted in France concluded that resveratrol was able to slow down the production of cancerous cells and should be considered a cancer-fighting agent.

In short: Red wine just might be good for you. (The reason red wine is a better option for white is due to the wine-making process. Resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of grapes and when you’re making red wine the grape skins are allowed to ferment longer than in white wine.)

While resveratrol sounds like a magic elixir, this isn’t an excuse to down an entire bottle of pinot noir on a nightly basis, of course. Consuming too much wine can actually disrupt sleep. If your sleep is disrupted, that can throw your hormones out of whack leading you to eat more, and defeating the entire purpose.

If you don’t want to drink wine, don’t worry, you can get resveratrol in other ways, including from three servings of raw fruit, which you should be eating as part of a healthy diet anyway. Blueberries, strawberries, and grapes are all natural sources of resveratrol and pretty tasty too.