A new study suggests supplementation with Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, may provide support for blood vessels against the negative effects of high blood sugar. Early stages of diabetes are found to cause detrimental changes in coronary microvascular function according to data from both animal and cell studies. These changes are linked to mitochondria dysfunction. The mitochondria, is what provides energy to the cell. Resveratrol, the phytonutrient found in red wine and grapes, seems to protect the function of the mitochondria and hence provides cardiovascular health for individuals suffering from diabetes.
Endothelial cells were used in this study to look at the effects high blood glucose levels may play on mitochondrial dysfunction and cell health. Diabetic rats were then used to determine the benefits resveratrol may play in cardiovascular health. Coronary microvascular dysfunction was seen in the early stages of diabetes during this study.
It is known that mitochondrial function decreases as individuals’ age. Aging is a risk factor known for many neurodegenerative and age related diseases. This led researchers to try to determine if mitochondrial dysfunction could lead to degenerative diseases. Oxidative stress has long been proposed as promoting mitochondrial dysfunction. Antioxidants such as vitamins E and C as well as CoQ10 may also play a role in combating oxidative stress.
Further study is warranted.
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