When you’ve got diabetes, it’s hard to ever fully relax. To keep the disease in check, you have to constantly monitor your blood sugar… control your sugar cravings… and motivate yourself to get moving.
All that, and you’ve got to worry about the never-ending list complications down the line, like stiffened arteries.
Because the stiffer your arteries are, the more you’re at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
But according to a new study, there’s a natural way to ease your mind – and relax your blood vessels – because an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol may reduce blood vessel stiffness in folks with type 2 diabetes.
The study, presented at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association, involved 57 people with type 2 diabetes who had stiffness of the aorta, the artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
The participants didn’t actually drink any wine over the course of a month – they took either a resveratrol supplement or a placebo.
At the end of the study, those who took resveratrol saw decreased aortic stiffness.
Even better, those who benefited from the resveratrol the most where those who began the study with the STIFFEST blood vessels!
Among this small group, 100 mgs of resveratrol taken in the first two weeks of the study reduced stiffness by nearly 5 per cent, while 300 mgs taken in the second two weeks reduced it by 9 per cent.
Compare that to the placebo group, who only saw their aortas get STIFFER by the end of the study.
And that’s not all resveratrol can do – whether you’ve got diabetes or not.
A recent study showed that resveratrol also guards against the buildup of plaque in your arteries by reducing an artery-clogging compound produced by your gut.
Resveratrol has been shown to also prevent arthritis pain , ward off cancer and heart disease , and protect against cognitive decline.
And, unlike beer or fruity cocktails, a glass of red wine a day has actually been shown to IMPROVE blood sugar levels !
So, if you love your cabernet or merlot, raise a glass. It’s good for you – in moderation.
But to get the maximum benefit of this antioxidant’s most therapeutic effects, you’ll have to do more than sip the light fantastic.
Resveratrol is also found in Paleo-friendly snacks like peanuts and berries, but your best bet is to take a supplement, which is widely available for just pennies a day.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Red Wine Antioxidant Might Help Diabetics’ Arteries, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_165223.html
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