A new study reported in Endocrinology, the journal of the Endocrine Society, provides new insights about resveratrol and how it impacts diabetes sufferers. Older studies have established that resveratrol consumption benefits diabetic patients, however the latest study looks at the mechanism that resveratrol uses for the benefits. Findings show that resveratrol effects are brought about through the brain’s own mechanisms, while also benefiting pancreatic functions.
Diabetic mice used in the research where infused with resveratrol within the brain. Sirtuins in the brain where shown to be activated by the infusion, specifically in those parts of the brain that regulate glucose metabolism. Resveratrol used over a period of time normalized the animals with hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and those with hyperinsulinemia (excess levels of insulin).
The stimulation of sirtuins that lead to the control of diabetes, is yet another benefit that has been found and added to the large list of of remarkable properties of this amazing phytochemical.
The scientists research was conclusive, as they had kept variables like leptin hormones which regulate appetite and food-intake in check while doing the research. The implications of resveratrol to potentially impact the human brain, intervene to regulate insulin and control sugar opens new research into treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Resveratrol is readily available in natural foods and drinks like red grapes, red wine, and peanuts. However most doses used in research would have you eat 20kg a day of peanuts to get the same amount, or drink over 500 bottles of wine. Thankfully there are micronized resveratrol supplements that have it all in a single capsule, are readily available, easy to carry and will not spoil.
Resveratrol has documented benefits to health, like it’s ability to provide provide protection against cardiovascular, degenerative diseases, enhance liver, pancreatic functions, anti-aging benefits and now it is proven to have a direct impact on the brain. The discovery regarding the resveratrol’s impact on the brain, brings forth a new interest for diabetics and new exciting research for scientists.
The current resveratrol research has focused on how it impacts different systems and organs of the body in order to find cures for irremediable and chronic conditions such as HIV and cancer. Some of the encouraging findings include pretreating pancreatic cancer cells with resveratrol to increase their sensitivity to radiation, and resveratrol’s efficacy to allow HIV to be more responsive to antiretrovirial drugs. It has also been suggested as an alternative treatment to Hormone Replacement Therapy, since it does not cause many of the numerous debilitating side effects.