Resveratrol improves the health of obese men lowering their blood pressure, blood sugar and liver fat within 30 days

November 11, 2011

Doctors at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and other university research institutions randomly placed obese men on 150mg Trans-Resveratrol or placebo daily for 30 days. They then had a 30 day washout period without supplementation or placebo to remove the immediate effects of the supplement and were switched to the other group; those previously supplemented with Resveratrol were now on placebo and those previously on placebo now took Resveratrol for an additional 30 days.

Giving the obese men Resveratrol improved metabolism and reduced blood sugar and insulin levels, reduced fat storage in the liver, improved energy production by enhancing mitochondrial function, and reduced markers of inflammation in the blood. It also lowered their blood pressure.

Resveratrol worked by mimicking the effects of a low-calorie diet with exercise in the obese men. The men were becoming metabolically healthier without yet going through weight loss. Obesity ups the risk of type 2 diabetes – a metabolic disease caused by insulin resistance. But after 30 days of Resveratrol, study subjects showed signs of improved insulin sensitivity.

A good diet and exercise are fundamental to disease prevention but for obese people who struggle with exercise, Resveratrol offers a safety net. The results of the study are published in the journal Cell Metabolism.