Resveratrol Improves Insulin Function and Longevity

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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Resveratrol Improves Insulin Function and Longevity
Resveratrol is a natural antiseptic compound produced in plants when they are under attack, especially by mold. It is highly concentrated in red grapes that grow in damp or moldy areas. It is also contained in roots of plants used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, such as Polygonum cuspidatum.

Researchers have long been fascinated by the cardiovascular, anti-cancer, and anti-aging properties of resveratrol. Recent research has focused on the ability of resveratrol to activate a gene known as SIRT1, which helps the repair of DNA as well as improving insulin function.

In the most recent mouse experiment researchers were able to show that small amounts of resveratrol can improve the ability of cells to respond to insulin – a primary problem of any person with insulin resistance and diabetes. This was the first research to show that resveratrol directly improves insulin resistance. This is an animal study, more research is planned with humans.

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