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Local Illinois Wines Prove To Have Anti-Carb Properties

August 20, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists at the University of Illinois who analyzed the anti-carb effects of some local wines found that they compared favorably with the anti-diabetes drug acarbose, which inhibits enzymes responsible for carbohydrate absorption and assimilation. Alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase enzymes were inhibited by the bioactive compounds of blueberry and blackberry wines in a range of 91.8 percent for alpha-amylase compared to acarbose, and 103.2 percent for alpha-glucosidase compared to acarbose. That could someday mean a tasty – and dealcoholized – way to help people with diabetes decrease their blood sugar.
Michelle H. Johnson & Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, "Comparison of Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Capacity of Commercially Available Blueberry and Blackberry Wines in Illinois", Journal of Food Science, August 20, 2012, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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