February 2014

Resveratrol May Benefit Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

Resveratrol may benefit type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study.

Resveratrol is a naturally occurring molecule identified in over 70 plant species, including nuts, grapes, pine trees, and certain vines, as well as in red wine. Recently, substantial attention has been directed toward resveratrol due to its potential health benefits and the "French paradox," the finding that coronary heart disease mortality is lower in France than in other developed countries.

The new study had 62 participants with type 2 diabetes, from India. Participants were randomly split into a control group and a resveratrol group. The control group took blood sugar lowering medication, and the resveratrol group took the same blood sugar lowering medication and 250 milligrams daily of resveratrol. Researchers took blood samples and blood pressure before and three months into the study.

After three months of supplementation, the resveratrol group had significantly improved hemoglobin A1c levels, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol, compared to the control group. Fasting blood glucose and diastolic blood pressure were also reduced in participants taking resveratrol, although these reductions were not statistically significant.

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  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. 

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