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Resveratrol Might Be Good For Diabetics

By jeremyc | May 13, 2017

Berries and red wine are rich in antioxidants which might help improve heart health in people with diabetes, according to researchers.

In a new study, researchers investigated if a particular antioxidant found in some fruits, like grapes, cranberries, and blueberries, and wine is good for heart health of diabetics.

The antioxidant in question is a polyphenol called resveratrol. A few studies have hinted at polyphenols offering protection against cardiovascular disease by regulating inflammation and bettering vascular function.

Our arteries lose their suppleness as we age. This in turn might lead to different heart-related conditions, like high blood pressure, stroke, and coronary heart disease.

The arteries of diabetics show signs of early aging. However, in a few animal studies, resveratrol was found to reduce aorta’s stiffness. Aorta is the primary artery in humans responsible from transporting blood from heart to other body parts.

In the latest study, the researchers examined if resveratrol has similar beneficial effects in humans. The researchers found that this compound might have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular health of individuals with diabetes.

However, researchers agree that this short-term study cannot be taken as a proof. Long-term studies are needed to further test how resveratrol affects vascular function.

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