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Berry wine could help diabetics control their blood sugar levels

on 11/09/12 at 5:08 pm

Booze News

Compounds in blackberry wine were found to inhibit an enzyme involved in absorbing carbohydrates.

A drink made from berry wine could help diabetics cope with their condition, say researchers.

People with type 2 diabetes struggle to control their blood sugar levels as their bodies do not produce enough insulin.

As a result they must be careful how many carbohydrate-rich foods they eat as the body turns them into glucose, making blood sugar levels rise.

Now a study from the University of Illinois, has found that compounds found in both blueberry and blackberry wines inhibit two enzymes that are involved in the body’s absorption of carbohydrates.

The team said lab tests revealed a blueberry-blackberry blend of wine inhibited the carb-degrading enzymes, known as alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase, almost as much as an anti-diabetes drug.

They now hope to create a non-alcoholic fermented fruit drink that keeps blood sugar levels low but also contains anti-inflammatory compounds found in the original wine.