If you want to protect your health, you might want to try a enjoying a glass of wine with some chocolate and berries. It turns out all of these treats contain high levels of flavonoids that protect against type 2 diabetes.
Flavonoids, like flavones and anthocyanins, are antioxidant compounds that show great promise when it comes to your long-term health. You can find flavones in herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme and celery. Anthocyanins, on the other hand, are found in berries, red grapes, wine and other red or blue-colored fruits and vegetables.
Research has linked these compounds to a reduced risk of many chronic health conditions. Now, we can add diabetes to the list.
The research included nearly 2,000 women from the TwinsUK study. This is a large registry used to study genetics and age-related diseases. All of the women completed food questionnaires. These were used to evaluate their daily flavonoid intake.
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The researchers also analyzed blood samples. This allowed them to measure glucose regulation, inflammation and insulin resistance.
“We found that those who consumed plenty of anthocyanins and flavones had lower insulin resistance. High insulin resistance is associated with Type 2 diabetes, so what we are seeing is that people who eat foods rich in these two compounds – such as berries, herbs, red grapes, wine – are less likely to develop the disease,” said lead researcher Prof. Aedin Cassidy.
There was also another big benefit. The women who ate the most anthocyanins were the least likely to have chronic inflammation, an underlying cause of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
While this is great news, we do have a word of caution. Limit your wine consumption to one drink per day (5 ounces) for women and two drinks a day (10 ounces) for men. Amounts above these limits could result in negative health consequences.
This article was republished with permission from nutri-health.com.
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