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What Kind of Tea is Good for Diabetes?

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Tea is one of the favorite drinks by many, especially in the south and research suggests it’s also a healthy drink. Tea brings a number of health benefits including improving insulin sensitivity.

It really doesn’t matter if you like your tea hot in a cup or iced in a tall glass, tea has been shown to have many properties that are beneficial for those with diabetes.

Research suggests the following benefits may be enjoyed from tea:

Improving insulin sensitivity
Maintaining healthy blood pressure
Preventing blood clots
Reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
Reducing risks of developing type 2 diabetes
Reducing risks of developing cancer

Teas such as black tea, green tea and oolong tea contain polyphenols which researchers believe may increase insulin activity.

Polyphenols are known to have anti-oxidative properties which can help protect against inflammation and carcinogens.

In other words, the properties in tea can help to prevent type 2 diabetes as well as cancer.

A Dutch study from 2009 indicates that drinking three cups of tea could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 40%.

But what are the best teas for those of us with diabetes?

The latest research indicates that green and black teas are as effective as each other in providing health benefits.

Black tea is highly recommended for those with diabetes, as it contains a special polysaccharide compound that acts almost exactly like the diabetes drugs Precose and Glyset. These drugs are prescribed for Type 2 Diabetes, and they are effective at controlling the symptoms – by reducing the production of glucose.

Green tea can help to target diabetes specifically. Drinking green tea will stop your body from producing amylase – the enzyme that breaks down starches and turns them into sugar. As your body produces less amylase, it can only process so much starch at a time. This will slow down the rate at which it’s turned into glucose, slowing the rise in your blood sugar levels. Green tea will also slow down the rate of absorbtion of starches.

Other type of tea which have been found to have benefits include:

Oolong tea
Chamomile tea
Rooibos tea
Ginger tea

I would caution you concerning the green tea craze. Be sure to check labels. Many bottled green teas are full of sugar to help improve the taste because it can be quite bitter. It is best to brew your own tea and if you like it sweet, as I do, add sucralose or the artificial sweetener of your choice.

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