According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25 million Americans have some form of diabetes, and a further 79 million are in its preliminary stages. We know that eating well and staying active can help reduce the risk of this metabolic issue, but it turns out that targeting specific compounds can also bolster our defenses.
A new study from the University of East Anglia and King's College London in the United Kingdom has revealed that certain groups of flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) may cut down on internal inflammation, which in turn helps fight diabetes, heart disease and other serious health issues. The best part? Some of these nutrients come in downright delicious packages!
"This is an exciting finding showing that some components of foods that we consider unhealthy, like chocolate or wine, may contain some beneficial substances," said Professor Tim Spector of King's College London in an interview published by the U.K. Daily Mail.
The researchers recruited female twins to take part in the study and evaluated aspects of overall health, including insulin resistance and the presence of a certain beneficial protein in the blood. In general, women who ate more flavonoids – found in various fruits and vegetables as well as wine and chocolate – displayed fewer risk factors for diabetes.
But before you splurge on your favorite guilty pleasures, keep in mind that one benefit does not negate the dangers of excessive alcohol or sugar consumption. That being said, treating yourself just this once probably won't hurt. Valentine's Day may be weeks away, but why not celebrate this news with a cozy night of sexual intimacy, and combine the inherent benefits of these treats with the power of the best natural lubricants.