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Why Drinking Black Tea Can Fight Diabetes

Why Drinking Black Tea Can Fight Diabetes

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Why Drinking Black Tea Can Fight Diabetes
(OrganicJar) Long known for its antioxidants, immune boosting and, most recently, antihypertensive properties, black tea could have another health benefit. Black tea may be used to control diabetes, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists. Next to water, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. Researchers from the Tianjin Key Laboratory in China studied the polysaccharide levels of green, oolong and black teas and whether they could be used to treat diabetes. Polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate that includes starch and cellulose, may benefit people with diabetes because they help retard absorption of glucose. The researchers found that of the three teas, the polysaccharides in black tea had the most glucose-inhibiting properties. The black tea polysaccharides also showed the highest scavenging effect on free radicals, which are involved in the onset of diseases such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. “Many efforts have been made to search for effective glucose inhibitors from natural materials,” says lead researcher Haixia Chen. “There is a potential for exploitation of black tea polysaccharide in managing diabetes.”

10 Health Benefits of Drinking Black Tea:

  1. Studies continue to show that tea is very good for you, and has some amazing health properties that cannot be ignored.
  2. Black teas contain antioxidants which prevent the damage caused by free radicals which can lead to numerous diseases.
  3. Drinking black teas can help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as it helps to expand the arteries, which increases blood flow to the heart.
  4. Research has shown the black tea can be used in the fight against cancer. Properties of the tea slow down the growth of cancerous cells without destroying healthy cells.
  5. Tea is also believed to help to delay the aging process. Nowadays there are many anti aging creams and lotions that contain tea extracts to help the skin look younger.
  6. Drinking black tea can help to burn fat and speed up metabolism. This makes it an ideal drink for those who are looking to lose weight, or who exercise regularly.
  7. Drinking tea such as black and green tea helps to reduce bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
  8. Tea contains fluoride, which can help to prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. (I personally believe fluoride to be dangerous, and even though tea does contain a small amount of fluoride, you can minimize this by buying young organic tea, and steeping for only 2 minutes or less)
  9. For those people with diabetes, drinking tea can help to decrease glucose levels, which can reduce the risk of cataracts, and other conditions brought about by diabetes.
  10. Investigations have shown that the benefits of black tea are lessened when milk is added. So, in order to take advantage of the amazing health benefits of this tea, it's recommended that you don't take your tea with milk or sugar.

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Source: sciencedaily.com

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  1. My dad has type 2 diabetes. He manages diabetes through Diet and Exercise and alo by taking food supplements like Alpha Lipoic acid which helps in preventing nerve damage. He also takes Chromium which helps in the regulation of blood sugar.

  2. #8 Tea contains fluoride, which can help to prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.

    Didn’t you recently post about the dangers of fluoride?

  3. Clay…I did write about the dangers of fluoride, which I personally believe to be true. The biggest danger is the amount of fluoride we consume since it’s in our water. Writing this article I continually came across tons of research from very reputable sources that I trust linking the fluoride in tea to improved tooth strength. Does that mean I’m pro fluoride…absolutely not. I think fluoride does help prevent tooth decay, but so do a bunch of natural alternative.

    I’m a HUGE tea fan and I continually get emails regarding the fluoride in tea. I thought I should mention this in the article.

    I really appreciate you commenting about it, I was expecting more people to say something. Really appreciate your support! Cheers!

  4. My dad too is a diabetic and I recommended him organic greens. He has it everyday in the morning and its been quite sometime. Improved a lot!

  5. Great hanging out tonight!!!


  6. Wow. I was really surprised by this article. I really though before that green tea was the best.. and black tea was the worst of them all..probably because of the color? Hahahaha. Well, having read all these, I will surely recommend diabetics to sip black tea after meals.
    However, are there any reports of hypoglycemia among Black Tea drinkers? How about liver failure?

    Thanks. Good luck!

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  7. Sir,I tried i fermenting black tea and used for Diabetic patients. It shown miracles, and gave positive results.Any one please try it are can mail me I will guide on this subject.

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    ISeems good contents,Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.


  9. Black tea accelerates the rate of metabolism thus preventing accumulaof sigars and cholesterol. It also has several other benefits. Drinking black tea helps prevent deadly clogging of arteries and reverses poor arterial functioning that can trigger heart attacks and strokes.

  10. Diabetes may finally have a cure through extensive stem cell research. But for now, diabetes can only be managed by drugs or food supplements that controls blood sugar. I take Alpha Lipoic acid and Chromium because they are helpful in regulating blood sugar.

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    Thx for the info..
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  13. recently i switched over to drinking black tea,results are amazing,and only now i read this article,trust me,i feel fresh as flower.

  14. I thought green tea is the best.Anyway, black or green tea, doesn’t really matter to me, I can benefit from both of them, it ‘s your choice. :)

  15. I am a type 2 diabetic. Up until three weeks ago, I was drinking coffee on a regular basis in the morning until one day I said, “I’m not addicted to coffee so why drink it”. My endocrinologist told me that coffee can affect your blood sugar…so….I went to the store and bought tea….Black Tea….I just thought I would be good. I drank it for one week and noticed that my blood sugar was pretty low in the mornings upon awaking…63, 67, even 47!!! Well, I kind of put 2 and 2 together. I researched it and lo and behold!!!….I found out it’s benefits. I thought it was just a fluke, but now, two weeks later, my blood sugars are well within range of normal!!! I’m hoping this lasts..because if so, this means I can cut down on my use of insulin. I even ate a crossant and my blood sugar was normal!!! WoooWhoo!!!!

  16. I am manager of a tea estate for decades and my father died if diabetes. I did not know. What a pity. Tea is food

  17. My favorite beverage: Is good black tea (freshly brewed, shaken with ice + add splenda + slice of fresh lemon) – AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH – beverage of heaven.

  18. Hi
    Would you pls share a guide using Tea for treating diabetis? Thank you

  19. I'm going to try the black tea just for health reason, I've been drinking green tea for a long time and love it.

  20. yup, black tea and green tea. been drinking them for many years. they kill the radical cells before they turn into cancer. also camomile tea is good for upset stomach and helping you relax and sleep aid too.

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