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Know More Herbal Tea For Diabetes

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

With claims that herbal teas can cure diabetes, Anindra Siqueira examines whether this tea can really keep diabetes in check

Diabetes is a condition in which your body is unable to respond to insulin properly, which leads to high blood sugar levels and a host of other symptoms. People with diabetes need external insulin to help lead a normal life and there is a great deal of research being done to help people with this condition. And, because most of the claims that you’ll find floating around on the internet hardly state any truth and scientific evidence to back them up, you’ll need to be cautious before trying out any treatment or remedy. One such claim is that herbal teas can cure diabetes. While that is highly unlikely, let us take a few facts into consideration.

According to researchers from the Menzies Institute in Australia, a herbal tea with blueberry as the main ingredient was seen to reduce the dependence on insulin among people with type 2 diabetes. Pre-clinical trials showed that the blueberry herbal tea reduced blood glucose levels and improved the intake of glucose by the muscles. The blueberry herbal tea also contained spearmint leaves, raspberry and cinnamon — a combination of these ingredients could have helped with the condition too. Cinnamon has been previously linked with lower blood cholesterol and improved insulin sensitivity.

However, you shouldn’t overdo it with herbal teas because they can be made from any plant material, and chances are, some might even contain toxic substances. It’s best to check the ingredients properly before trying a herbal tea. If you’re not extremely sure, check with your doctor who will be able to advise you better on the effects.

Try these teas!
Other herbal teas to help with diabetes include:

  • Ginseng tea
  • Green tea
  • Licorice tea
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