Red wine is more than just a beverage. In fact, many researches have already showed its promising medical benefits. Being rich in antioxidants, red wine (when taken in moderation) can be beneficial to the body. A recent study has revealed that red wine can influence blood sugar regulation among diabetic patients. A compound called as Resveratrol is said to have the ability to manage blood sugar levels. This means that can the compound can prevent blood sugar levels from getting too high or too low.
A team of Indian researchers tested sixty-two people with type 2 diabetes, in which 31 people were given one resveratrol supplement every day for a period of 3 months. After the test duration, the researchers found out that the 31 people given the supplements showed reduced glucose levels compared to the other half who didn’t take the supplements. In addition to that, the 31 test subjects who were given resveratrol showed a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure as well as total cholesterol levels.
The reason how resveratrol affected glucose and cholesterol levels remain unclear, but the what the researchers are certain about is that resveratrol can assist in activating insulin secretion or inciting the protein responsible for insulin and glucose sensitivity.
Although the study should really promising results, more research needs to be done to gather more scientific evidences to back up this claim. After reading this, you might want to rush to the liquor store in and buy as many bottles of red wine as possible in the hopes of effectively controlling your blood sugar, but that wouldn’t be a good idea. A red wine bottle contains about fourteen milligrams of resveratrol/liter. The test subjects in the experiments tool 250mg/day of resveratrol supplement, so to consume the same amount you have to chug down several red wine bottles or eat down gobs of grapes. And by the time you are done, you have also consumed staggering amounts of sugar and alcohol which can already outweigh whatever potential health benefits resveratrol has.
In conclusion, including resveratrol in your diet isn’t a bad idea (since it may actually help in controlling blood sugar levels as the study demonstrated) however do not rely on it to manage the disease (diabetes) just yet, at least not until more researches are done to back up its promising health benefits.