Resveratrol May Enhance Effects of Diabetes Drug Metformin
A recent study suggests that taking resveratrol supplements in conjunction with the anti-diabetic drug Metformin may amplify the positive effects of the drug.
The researchers examined a series of trials that took place at Albert Einstein Medical College between 2005 and 2014. In the first one, 500 mg per day of resveratrol was found to slow the progression of pre-diabetes into diabetes mellitus. In the second trial, 1-2 grams of resveratrol daily was associated with improved glucose metabolism and vascular function.
Additional trials showed that resveratrol taken with Metformin was associated with increased insulin sensitivity, lower blood glucose levels, and improved mitochondrial function. A preventative effect against diabetic retinopathy was also observed.
Researchers from Biotivia Labs conducted the study. It was published in the May 2014 issue of European Endocrinology.
Previous studies have shown resveratrol to be a powerful antioxidant with health benefits that include increasing energy levels, improving brain health, reducing the appearance of aging, improving metabolism, and improving liver function.
This 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.