Drinking Red Tea For Diabetes Management
Drinking red tea has been found to be beneficial for type-2 diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes. Red tea contains abundant antioxidants that slow down the sugar spikes following meals commonly experienced by people suffering from type-2 diabetes. The main challenge of managing diabetes is to keep blood glucose levels optimum without many fluctuations to prolong diabetes complications like high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney damage, vision problems etc.
What is red tea?
A herbal infusion in which the leaves of the Rooibos plant are steeped in boiling water and strained later. The herbal tea made using Rooibos plant leaves are marketed as Red Tea.
How Does Drinking Red Tea Benefit Diabetic Patients
Red tea contains natural antioxidants that slows pace of glucose passing through the small intestine and thereby reduces amount of glucose entering the blood stream. This phenomenon prevents the sugar spikes experienced immediately after a meal by people suffering from type -2 diabetes. This property of red tea is ideal for people who want to manage diabetes through naturopathy.
Another interesting aspect of controlling diabetes by drinking red tea is that red tea contains polyphenols in high concentration and polyphenols inhibit the enzyme responsible for glucose entering the blood stream. Prescribed diabetic medications too target the inhibition of alpha-glucosidase similar to the action of red tea.
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