Resveratrol’s fat reducing property may make it a good prediabetes diet supplement and for stopping prediabetes metabolic syndrome.
A study* published in the May 2011 Nutrition & Metabolism using an animal model suggests the antioxidant compound resveratrol may reduce body fat levels by decreasing the formation of fat tissue. Lab rats fed a fat producing diet supplemented with resveratrol had less body fat than non-supplemented animals.
The scientists divided 16 rats into two equal groups. Both groups were fed a high calorie obesity-inducing diet, but one group had their diet supplemented with resveratrol (30 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day).
After six weeks of study, the researchers found that both groups had the same body weights, but that the resveratrol fed animals had significantly lower fat tissue levels attributed to a reduction in the activity of fat producing enzymes as well as a reduction in the activity of enzymes that facilitate the uptake of fatty acids from triglycerides in the blood. This is a small study using animals, but suggests that resveratrol may also offer fat and weight management potential in humans. I would like to see similar results in future human studies.
Resveratrol is most commonly known for its presence in grapes and red wine. As I have posted before, interest in Resveratrol increased in 2003 when Harvard researchers reported that resveratrol was able to increase the lifespan of yeast cells. The research, published in Nature, placed resveratrol in the media spotlight with talk of an “anti-ageing pill.” Since then studies in other organisms have linked resveratrol to a longer lifespan.
Other studies evaluating resveratrol’s effects have suggested a wide range of potential biologic properties including; anti-cancer effects, anti-inflammatory effects, cardiovascular benefits, anti-diabetes potential, energy endurance enhancement, and protection against Alzheimer’s disease.#
*Nutrition & Metabolism, May 2011, 8:29 “Changes in white adipose tissue metabolism induced by resveratrol in rats” Authors: G. Alberdi, V.M. Rodriguez, J. Miranda, M.T. Macarulla, N. Arias, C. Andres-Lacueva, M.P. Portillo.
#These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Resveratrol is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.