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Resveratrol May Help Diabetics Regulate Blood Sugar

Three months of oral supplementation with resveratrol helped diabetics in a recent study regulate their blood sugar and lower their blood pressure.

Participants in the study included 62 adults with diagnoses of type-2 diabetes mellitus. Over the course of three months, half of the group took 250 mg per day of resveratrol along with their normal hypoglycemic agents. The other half of the group took only their normal hypoglycemic agents.

At the conclusion of the study, the resveratrol group had average hemoglobin A1c levels of 9.65, while the control group had levels of 9.99. The higher the hemoglobin A1c level, the higher the risk of developing complications from diabetes.

The resveratrol group also recorded systolic blood pressure levels of 127.92 mmHg, significantly lower than the 139.71 mmHg recorded in the control group. Additionally, significant improvements were seen in total cholesterol and total protein levels in the resveratrol group, but not in the control group.

The study was conducted by researchers at the JSS College of Pharmacy in Tamilnadu, India. Their results were published online ahead of print on July 30, 2012, in the journal Nutrition Research.

Resveratrol has been the subject of a number of studies recently that have shown it to be a powerful antioxidant with health benefits that include increasing energy levels, lowering cholesterol, improving brain health, reducing the appearance of aging, lowering the risk of lung cancer, improving metabolism, regulating blood glucose levels in diabetics and improving liver function.

This powerful antioxidant can be found in red wine, grapes, grape seed extract, and peanuts. A glass of red wine a day can provide a good amount of resveratrol, but excess drinking will reverse the positive health benefits. Another good way to get resveratrol is through a high quality supplement.

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