Resveratrol Protects Diabetics Against Heart Disease


blueberriesA few years ago, resveratrol was all the rage. It was thrown in all kinds of supplements, from those made for weight loss to those made for boosting brain health. While the supplement market often takes a healthful food or natural substance and truly tweaks it beyond recognition, the resveratrol fad was actually based on truth. In a recent study, researchers have found this substance to actually protect diabetics from heart disease.

Several studies have indicated resveratrol (as found in grapes and red wine) to have many health benefits. Traditional doctors will tell you it’s all a bunch of hoo-ha, but they would also have you taking pharmaceutical drugs instead of natural solutions any day.

One of the more recent studies indicating the benefits of resveratrol looked specifically on its effects in diabetics. The study, published here in the journal Genes & Nutrition, found that resveratrol protects the blood vessels from damage commonly caused by blood glucose fluctuations in diabetics.

Diabetics frequently experience surges of blood glucose as their bodies are unable to regulate blood sugar naturally. This increased blood sugar is known to damage arterial walls by creating small tears or cracks in the lining of the vessels. These cracks become home to plaque, which can lead to coronary artery disease and heart disease down the road.

Chinese scientists found that these cracks can be stopped with resveratrol. The substance can help maintain vascular strength and structure even when the vessels are put under regular strain of raised blood sugar levels, a promising finding for diabetics and anyone else who is interested in a healthy cardiovascular system.

Resveratrol is most often thought of as the substance in red wine, and that’s one of the best places to find it. But, people are cautioned against drinking several glasses and calling it their “medicine.” Instead, one glass of wine could be enough to reap the benefits without causing any harm that excess alcohol consumption is associated with. Alternatively, you can get resveratrol from red grapes.