Why Anyone With Diabetes Should Consider Taking Resveratrol
If you’re a lover of red wine, you probably already know that the glass you enjoy every night with dinner has heart-protective , anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. These health benefits come courtesy of a very important antioxidant that’s abundant in the skin of red grapes, and therefore red wine—resveratrol.
As if those health-promoting qualities aren’t impressive enough, emerging research continues to add to the list of reasons everyone should take resveratrol.
Specifically, a recently published study has found that resveratrol may reduce the risk of diabetic nephropathy—a progressive kidney disease that affects many of those who suffer from diabetes.
In this study, diabetic rats were given resveratrol for eight weeks. Kidney function testing during the study period included plasma glucose, 24-hour urinary protein and creatinine. (Creatinine is a waste product produced by muscle metabolism. Healthy kidneys easily filter this substance, but poorly functioning kidneys don’t filter it as well, leading to increased levels in the blood.)
In addition to those tests, researchers examined the kidneys of the mice for various pathological changes.
The results indicated that the resveratrol decreased levels of plasma glucose, creatinine and urinary protein excretion, and also helped with kidney enlargement. More importantly, they also witnessed reduced expression of glutathione S-transferases Mu (GSTM), which means less oxidative stress in the body.
The researchers stated, “these findings suggest that resveratrol help prevent the progression of diabetic nephropathy.”
Should you add resveratrol to your supplement regimen?
If you have diabetes, definitely discuss with your doctor the advantages of adding resveratrol to your daily regimen.
As mentioned earlier, red wine is an excellent source of this nutrient. But when it comes to alcohol, moderation, of course, is key—particularly for diabetics. Four ounces a day is plenty.
If you don’t like red wine or can’t/don’t drink alcohol, you can get resveratrol in supplement form. Look for a product that contains a minimum daily dosage of 300 mg. (Ideally, you should take 400 mg per day.)
Larissa Long has worked in the health care communications field for more than 13 years. She co-authored a self-care book titled Taking Care, has written countless tip sheets and e-letters on health topics, and contributed several articles to Natural Solutions magazine. She also served as managing editor of three alternative health and lifestyle newsletters — Dr. Susan Lark’s Women’s Wellness Today, Dr. David Williams’ Alternatives, and Janet Luhrs’ Simple Living.