Treat Your Diabetes with Green Tea

If you are a human being and you’ve been awake at any point for the last decade, you probably know all about the health benefits of green tea.

This stuff is touted as the omnipotent cure for just about everything – probably because, due primarily to its high levels of antioxidants, it nearly is. Studies have found that green tea holds the potential to fight cancer, heart disease, and dementia, burn fat, and help with diabetes management and prevention.

But just how can green tea help, you ask? Well, here are two major ways that green tea can work with your body to help manage your diabetes, and they will have you clamoring for your next cup:

An Insulin Boost – No Needle Needed

As we all know, diabetes is characterized by improper functioning of insulin in the body. It’s because of this that diabetics need insulin pumps, regular blood tests, and to monitor the amount of sugar they take in. But green tea could help to set a diabetic mind at ease; the polysaccharides in tea can regulate blood sugar in the same way insulin does. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, green tea can boost insulin activity in the body by more than 15-fold!

Drink Your Glucose Levels Down

Blood sugar levels are almost always being monitored when you have diabetes, which contributes to a restrictive diet (which usually involves limiting your starch intake). However, studies have indicated that green tea extract reduces the normal elevation of glucose and insulin, even when 50 grams of starch are ingested. A single cup of green tea inhibits amylase activity by up to eighty-seven percent – an important thing for diabetics, since amylase breaks starches down into simple sugars, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream.

This all sounds lovely, we know, but it is important to remember that green tea is not an antidote for diabetes. Following a careful diet and taking the necessary insulin or medication is the best way to keep your body at tip top shape. But, if you’re looking for a refreshing beverage that lives up to the health hype, boil yourself a cup of the green stuff!

Source: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

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