Here's a look at the latest resveratrol research. Scientists and specialists of many kinds are interested in the red grape antioxidant. You should be too.
You may have read news reports recently about how the number of new cases of type II diabetes is expected to double by 2050. The predictions will only be accurate if people fail to learn how to prevent the disease. Several studies have shown that type II diabetes is preventable and even reversible.
People do not die of type II diabetes, per se. They die of complications caused by the disease, which may include heart and kidney failure. Nerve damage caused by chronically high blood glucose levels can cause blindness. Most of the amputations performed in the US are due to diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage.
When blood glucose levels are high, insulin levels are also high. Chronically high insulin levels cause the cells of the body to become resistant to insulin. Normally insulin instructions the cell to absorb glucose from the bloodstream. When the cells become resistant, glucose is not used for energy. It continues to circulate and re-circulate. It can historically bind with proteins to form grotesque molecules called Advanced Glycation End-products or AGEs.
Insulin has inflammatory activity. Cells cultured in glucose secret large amounts of free radicals. These are all reasons why type II diabetes and high levels of glucose or insulin can lead to premature cellular aging and increase a person's risk of age-related diseases.
Several years ago, resveratrol research revealed that the nutrient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. A study published in April 2010 revealed that cells treated with the antioxidant secrete fewer free radicals.
Another published in October 2010 confirmed the results of earlier studies concerning the anti-inflammatory activity. The compound reduces inflammation by acting directly on specific genes within the cell's DNA.
Another study conducted by different researchers, but also published in October 2010 showed that the antioxidant protects against nerve damage. Dozens of studies indicate that regular consumption may reduce a person's risk of various kinds of cancer.
It is important to remember that most of the resveratrol research is considered preliminary. There is strong evidence of the benefits, but it is best not to highly too heavily on a single-ingredient supplement.