The popular plant extract has previously been shown to prolong life and reduce the rate of aging in roundworms, fruit flies, and yeast, due to its effects on a gene associated with longevity.
Now, a new study found that resveratrol reduces inflammation in humans that could lead to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
The researchers recruited 20 people and randomly assigned them to receive either placebo or a supplement containing 40 milligrams of resveratrol. The volunteers took pills once a day for six weeks.
Results showed that patients who took resveratrol have a lower level of “free radicals”, which are known to damage the blood vessel and a reduction in other chemicals (such as TNF) which are known to interfere with insulin action and cause diabetes.
Besides taking supplement, you can also get resveratrol by eating grapes, wine, peanuts, blueberries, and cranberries.
Sources: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2010
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