Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Tea and your blood sugar - looks look the English have good reason to drink tea

I've paraphrased the first 3 paragraphs from an article on Dr Mercola's website, which u can read on
Looks like the bloody limeys got it right when it came drinking a spot of tea!

Researchers from King's College London and the University of Central Lancashire have found that drinking black tea may be beneficial for people with diabetes, - Who knew?? Looks like the black tea elixir stimulates an insulin response and reduce blood sugar levels. I think I'll go make a cup right now!

Sixteen participants drank glucose in three different forms. Glucose in water, water plus a small amount of caffeine, or water plus instant black tea.

"Two hours later , plasma glucose concentrations were significantly reduced in those who consumed 1 gram of tea, compared to the plain water and caffeine drinks. Drinking black tea also increased insulin levels compared with the other drinks, after 90 minutes.

Tea’s protective benefits have been linked to polyphenols, including:
  • Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
  • Epigallocatechin
  • Epicatechin gallate
  • Epicatechin
These compounds may offer blood sugar benefits by stimulating B-cells -- pancreatic cells responsible for insulin production -- to produce insulin in your body, according to researchers.

Black tea makes up about 78 percent of the global tea market."


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