Protect critical cells from diabetes damage with powerful fruit extract

When you think of the damage diabetes does in the body, you probably think of what it does to your vital organs -- how it wrecks your heart, rots your brain and absolutely knocks the pants off your poor pancreas.

But all that big damage starts out very small. It begins in your cells, especially the cells that line your blood vessels.

Protect those critical cells, and you can protect your entire body from the ravages of this life-ruining disease -- and now, the latest research shows one remarkably easy way to do just that.

You've likely heard of resveratrol before. It's often referred to as the "red wine antioxidant" because it's found in grape skins. It's already known to protect cells from aging. But the new study finds it can also protect some of your most important cells from the devastating toll of diabetes.

When you have diabetes, the excess sugar in your blood rips through the endothelial cells that line your blood vessels damaging the mitochondria, or the cell's power plants.

Without energy from the mitochondria, your endothelial cells can't do their job. And when your endothelium malfunctions, you face the infamous heart problems that follow a diabetes diagnosis the way day follows night.

But in tests on human endothelial cells and experiments on diabetic mice, resveratrol was able to reverse that deadly damage.

Like a top-notch electrician, the red wine extract rushes to fix your cellular power plants so the endothelial cells get the energy they need to go back to work.

It's a preliminary study, to be sure. But there's nothing preliminary about resveratrol's other well established benefits for diabetics and pre-diabetics, including improving glucose control and insulin sensitivity -- so if you have the disease or are at risk, boosting your resveratrol intake is certainly a good idea.

There's a catch with resveratrol and it's a pretty big one. It's often called the "red wine antioxidant" because you can find it in wine -- and of course the media likes to oversimplify it and make it seem as if the amounts found in wine will help you to fight disease.

That's not the case.

The amounts used in the most promising study would require drinking wine by the barrel rather than by the glass. You'd die of alcohol poisoning long before you got anything close to what you need to fight disease.

That's why the best way to get resveratrol is with a supplement, which can contain hundreds of times what you'll find in a single glass of wine.

Look for it on its own or as part of a quality antioxidant blend.