Several months ago, I showed you why many researchers now consider Alzheimer's to be type-3 diabetes. There's growing evidence that insulin deficiency and insulin resistance contribute to this severe form of dementia. If Alzheimer's truly is a form of diabetes, then anyone with this disease or any other form of diabetes will love the results of new study on resveratrol.
Resveratrol, as you may know, is one of my favorite nutrients. Grapes and other fruits produce it to fight off fungus. And research shows it can help fight fungal infections in people as well. But it also boosts the immune system and your overall health. Now a study suggests it might be good for fighting insulin sensitivity and help with glucose control.
In this study, the researchers wanted to find out if there's any consistency in human clinical trials. Many of the studies investigating the effects of resveratrol on glucose control and insulin sensitivity are inconsistent. So these researchers wanted to dig a little deeper.
According to the researchers, they "performed a strategic literature search of PubMed, Embase, MEDLINE, and the Cochrane Library (updated to March 2014) for randomized controlled trials that estimated the effects of resveratrol on glucose control and insulin sensitivity." They found 11 studies that followed 388 people.
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The researchers used the Jadad scale, which is a procedure to independently assess the quality of a clinical trial's methodology. This allows the researchers to find the consistencies in the studies. And what they found in these 11 trials is great news for diabetes and Alzheimer's patients. They found that “resveratrol consumption significantly reduced fasting glucose, insulin, hemoglobin A1c, and insulin resistance (measured by using the homeostatic model assessment) levels in participants with diabetes.” In other words, taking resveratrol can help fight any illness associated with insulin resistance.
But there was a downside to the study. The researchers didn't find any significant effect of resveratrol on glycemic measures for nondiabetic participants. So if you don't have a form of diabetes, then resveratrol may not help you prevent the disease. While I don't expect any nutrient to do everything, I'm skeptical of these results. Many other studies suggest it does help prevent diabetes. And with all the other health benefits of resveratrol, it's worth taking whether you're healthy or not.
I am, however, excited that this study found that resveratrol consistently reduces glucose levels and insulin resistance. Add this information to previous research that specifically identified resveratrol as a nutrient that can help fight Alzheimer's, and you have considerable evidence that it needs to be part of any Alzheimer's treatment program.
But I wouldn't depend on just resveratrol to fight Alzheimer's or diabetes. You'll need a lot of other nutrients, including those found in Advanced Polyphenol Formula, diet, and exercise to fix diabetes. Alzheimer's is much more difficult to treat than type-2 diabetes, so make sure you're working with a knowledgeable physician as well.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND
Weber, Belinda. Medical News Today, 22 October 2013.