Resveratrol from Grapes May Regulate Blood Sugar
Increasing research has shown that resveratrol--found in red and purple grapes and in red wine--influences important metabolic pathways in the body and may benefit health
A plant chemical found in grapes and red wine known as resveratrol has become increasingly known for its heart health benefits. Now a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that resveratrol may also be good for blood sugar regulation.
Improved glucose control
Animal studies have suggested that resveratrol may help regulate blood sugar. This study looked at the effects of resveratrol on blood sugar in people with diabetes. Specifically, 19 men with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to receive 5 mg of resveratrol twice a day or placebo for four weeks.
Glucose regulation was measured through lab tests and results showed that insulin resistance decreased in the resveratrol group, which means their glucose was better regulated.
While the authors caution that the significance of these study findings has yet to be determined, they add that such studies help us gain further understanding about insulin regulation and the role of foods and nutrients such as resveratrol in common conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
It's in the grapes
Increasing research has shown that resveratrol--found in red and purple grapes and ultimately in red wine--influences important metabolic pathways in the body and may benefit our health. Here are some important tips to consider:
(Brit J Nutr 2011, page 1 of 7 doi:10.1017/S0007114511000316)
Jane Hart, MD, board-certified in internal medicine, serves in a variety of professional roles including consultant, journalist, and educator. Dr. Hart, a Clinical Instructor at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio, writes extensively about health and wellness and a variety of other topics for nationally recognized organizations, websites, and print publications. Sought out for her expertise in the areas of integrative and preventive medicine, she is frequently quoted by national and local media. Dr. Hart is a professional lecturer for healthcare professionals, consumers, and youth and is a regular corporate speaker.