A new study has revealed that red wine can actually act as a cure for hormonal imbalance in women.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition which can cause infertility in women of childbearing age. In these patients, the ovaries produce high amounts of male sex hormones (known as androgens) such as testosterone. The consequences include weight gain, missed periods, acne, and excess hair on the face and body.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated that a polyphenol called Resveratrol, which is found in red wine, peanuts, blackberries and chocolate, was able to correct hormone levels in 30 patients with PCOS.
Based on the hormonal blood levels recorded at the beginning and the end of the study, the researchers noted a 23.1 percent reduction in testosterone levels among women who took the resveratrol supplement for 3 months.
In addition to addressing hormonal imbalances, scientists note resveratrol can also help treat diabetes by preventing insulin resistance.