Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grape skins and therefore in wine, has been prooved by a scientific study to be very beneficial against a hormonal problem that 10% of women of reproductive age around the world suffers from: Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. This is according to the study published in the Endocrine Society Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The endocrine problem causes women to produce higher levels of testosterone and other androgen hormones such as dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, DHEAS, which can cause infertility, menstrual irregularities and weight gain, as well as increase risks of diabetes
The study was conducted at a university in Poland where 30 women diagnosed with PCOS underwent tests where one group was given a resveratrol supplement while the other group was given a placebo.
After 3 months of the study, women who consumed resveratrol showed a reduction in testosterone and DHEAS levels by 23.1% and 22.2%, respectively, while the placebo group saw a 2.9% and 10.5% increase. In addition, women under resveratrol showed increased insulin sensitivity throughout the study.
"There are not many treatments for PCOS, and there are those that reduce the ability to conceive," explains Antoni Duleba of the University of San Diego, "however, resveratrol is a natural substance that does not appear to show any side effects." "Although it is too early to know whether this treatment will lead to the complete restoration of regular menstrual cycles or if fertility will improve, we have faith that it will soon and we will be safe. The bad news is that to get the resveratrol administered during the test would need to drink 100 to 200 liters of wine a day," concluded Duleba.
We know that the consumption of resveratrol and other antioxidants contained in red wine can be very beneficial to our health, as long as it is consumed moderately. In the long run, and as more studies continue to confirm the benefits of wine, it is better to continue drinking not to be at risk.
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