Regular consumption of tea can be very beneficial for people with diabetes, according to various studies. Different types of tea contain antioxidants and trace elements that help reduce inflammation, increase immunity and energy, and improve blood circulation. In addition, they make cells more sensitive to insulin.
The experts of the Food News portal have indicated which types of tea are useful in case of diabetes.
According to one study, people who consumed green tea for more than 12 weeks had a tighter waist and less body fat than those who did not consume it. Obesity is one of the main "instigators" of type 2 diabetes, and it increases the probability of the disease at least six times.
Green tea also contains epigallocatechin (EGCG), which has been shown to promote glucose uptake by skeletal muscle cells, resulting in lower blood sugar levels.
Hibiscus (karkade) tea
Diabetes is associated with high blood pressure and a high risk of heart attack and stroke. Drinking hibiscus (karkade) tea helps people with diabetes control their blood pressure levels. In addition, hibiscus has the ability to lower insulin resistance.
This tea has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the risk of damage to the pancreas, an organ that regulates blood sugar levels. Chamomile tea also reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, promotes healthy sleep. People with diabetes need enough sleep because even one sleepless night can cause the body to produce less insulin.
When black tea is fully oxidized, its catechins are converted to theaflavins and thearubigins, which are compounds with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and blood sugar-lowering properties. Animal studies have shown that black tea slows the absorption of carbohydrates and improves blood glucose control. Consuming black tea after sweet foods helps the body to better solve the problem of blood sugar increase, achieving its balance.