It was a couple of decades ago when we first heard about that “French Paradox,” and the amazing compound in red grapes called resveratrol.
At the time, a lot of those reporting on it would joke that this was just a ploy to get people to drink more red wine!
But the power of resveratrol is no joke.
And since that time, researchers have been closely examining Mother Nature’s remedy for a vast array of health issues and learning more and more wonderful things along the way.
Now, a new study out of Boston University School of Medicine has found something out about resveratrol that everyone needs to know — especially those with type 2 diabetes.
Big Pharma actually tried to cash in on resveratrol several years ago. Glaxo spent hundreds of millions to purchase a company that was trying to make a synthetic version of the compound so it could file for a patent on it.
Guess what? It didn’t work.
But take some natural ingredients that you’d never find in a laboratory like red grape skin and a plant known as Japanese knotweed (a pesky plant you want in a supplement but not in your garden!) — and voila! You’ve got something that does work.
No mad scientists required.
The high amounts of the compound contained in these natural substances are what most resveratrol supplements are made from.
And those supplements are able to do some incredible things.
The most recent research on resveratrol out of Boston University found that people with type 2 diabetes (yes, people, not lab rats!) who took modest amounts of resveratrol in supplement form were able to reduce the stiffness in their arteries — what’s known as arteriosclerosis.
But the patients who were helped the most by resveratrol supplements were those who had extremely stiff arteries!
Taking a 100 mg dose every day for two weeks reduced their arterial stiffness by almost 5 percent. And taking a 300 mg dose every day for two weeks was able to reduce it by over 9 percent.
Yes, you heard that right — the entire experiment lasted only a month! And yet those with the worst case scenario of hardening of the arteries saw a nearly 10 percent improvement.
Can you imagine what the beneficial effects would be after six months… or a year? And those doses are right in line with what’s easily available in supplement form. It’s as if a gold brick to help heart disease is right in our midst, and yet the mainstream refuses to acknowledge it.
Another testament to the power of this miracle antioxidant is that in those who took a placebo, arterial stiffness actually increased!
While this study was done with people who have type 2 diabetes, hardening of the arteries — which can lead to a heart attack or stroke — is one of those things that goes along with aging whether you have diabetes or not. The reason this is especially important for diabetics, however, is that their arteries can start stiffening at a younger age, with even more devastating consequences.
Of course, if that was all resveratrol could do for our health, it would certainly be enough. But helping your arteries is only the beginning!
The compound has also been found to:
- activate SIRT1, what’s known as the “longevity gene,”
- protect against Alzheimer’s disease by helping to prevent the buildup of brain plaque,
- help fight inflammation and flare-ups for those who have COPD,
- lower cholesterol and reduce so-called sticky platelets that can form clots, and
- prevent the spread of cancer cells.
But where previous studies have found this natural compound really shines is when it comes to regulating blood sugar.
Numerous studies have discovered resveratrol can improve blood-sugar control and decrease fasting blood sugar, insulin and insulin resistance. Researchers have been so amazed by what it can do for diabetics that one team said it can be compared to the “benefits achieved with front-line antidiabetic drugs.”
Now, while resveratrol can be found in red wine (and dark chocolate, too!), you’d have to indulge in a whole lot of wine and chocolate to match what was used in this study.
So while those are always good to enjoy, your best bet is to get a high-quality resveratrol supplement made from either Japanese knotweed or red grapes — or both.
“Resveratrol might help diabetics’ arteries” Steven Reinberg, May 4, 2017, WebMD, webmd.com