Polyphenol resveratrol may boost effect of oral hypoglycemic agents in Indian patients

A daily resveratrol supplement used for 3 months improved glycemic control in a small study of Indian patients with type 2 diabetes who were already taking oral hypoglycemic agents, found researchers from the JSS College of Pharmacy in Tamilnadu, India.

Key Point: Oral supplementation of resveratrol improves glycemic control and holds promise as an adjuvant agent for the management of type 2 diabetes.

Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound; it has gained fame as the bioactive compound in grapes and red wine. Sasruta and Charaka, famous Indian medicine scholars during 1356-1220 BC, wrote about the medicinal benefits of grapes in their medical treatises “Sasruta Samhita” and “Charaka Samhita," respectively (FAO Corporate Document Repository: http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6897e/x6897e06.htm).

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