By Kathleen Blanchard RN for eMaxHealth.com
Researchers may have found a tasty way to help control diabetes from carbohydrate blocking compounds in Illinois blueberry and blackberry wines. The compounds inhibit enzymes that are responsible for absorption of carbohydrates while providing people with diabetes the health benefits of wine, sans the alcohol.
Elvira de Mejia, a Univeristy of Illinois professor of food chemistry and food toxicology explained in a press release that researchers are exploring making a dealcoholized fermented berry drink made from blackberries and blueberries that have that have antioxidants that curb inflammation and disease. Compounds in the wine also inhibit the enzymes alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase that break down carbohydrates.
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