Can Red Wine Help Treat Diabetes?


The health benefits of red wine have long been discussed by doctors and scholars everywhere, and a glass a day is even recommended by some physicians. Red wine has been known to lower your cholesterol, keep your heart healthy, and even fight cancer. The secret here, is that red wine is very rich in the antioxidant resveratrol. Resveratrol can help reduce your bad cholesterol, and some research also suggests that it could help reduce inflammation. Today, a new study has revealed that it could also help patients with diabetes.

Nutra Ingredients reports that the study was published in the International Research Journal of Pharmacy and "examine[d] the effectiveness of resveratrol in lowering blood glucose in conjunction with standard anti-diabetic treatment of type 2 patients in a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blinded parallel clinical trial." Red wine, along with grapes, are excellent sources of resveratrol.

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The resesarch involved 66 people with type 2 diabetes. They were randomly assigned to either a control group or an intervention resveratrol supplementation group. The supplementation group were given one gram a day for 45 days, while the control group were given placebo tablets.

Dr. Ali Movahed told Nutra Ingredients, "The central finding of the study was that supplementation of resveratrol (along with standard anti-diabetic medication) for a short-term is beneficial in lowering blood glucose and insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes." He added that if "future trials also confirm the positive outcomes observed in our study, resveratrol could become an adjunct in diabetic medicine. Newer treatments are required to complement and enhance the efficacy of existing diabetic regimen."

Recent data from the American Diabetes Association indicates that almost 26 million individuals in the United States suffer from diabetes, with seven million individuals living undiagnosed.

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By Ryan Bisram| September 27, 2013
Categories:  Eat

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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