Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar (Hyperglycemia). Hyperglycemia is caused by defects in insulin secretion.
Diabetes can cause chronic damage and dysfunction in various organs and tissues, especially the eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, and nerves.
At present, there is no cure for diabetes, but diabetes can be controlled by a variety of treatments. Dietary therapy is the basis for the treatment of diabetes, and some patients with mild diabetes can control their condition with dietary therapy alone.
Drinking tea is a good choice for dietary therapy. Regularly drinking tea not only has a health-preserving effect, but also can control diabetes. Here are 6 Chinese teas having a good effect on treating diabetes:
1. Green tea
Green Tea is a kind of unfermented tea which retains the most natural nutrients of the fresh leaves, especially the content of tea polyphenols which is more than 85%. Tea polyphenols have the effect of lowering blood sugar level and improving liver and kidney.
Diabetic patients are susceptible to atherosclerosis and tea polyphenols can effectively inhibit atherosclerosis.
Scientific research shows that EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) in green tea can play a part of the role of insulin. EGCG can significantly reduce blood sugar and insulin levels.
2. Black tea
Black tea is a kind of fermented tea which generates theaflavins and thearubigins during the fermentation process.
Theaflavins, known as “soft gold” in tea, has a good function of lowering blood lipid and has no toxic side effects. This study was published in JAMA, an international authoritative medical journal.
A common symptom of diabetic patients is abnormal cholesterol. Theaflavin can not only combine with cholesterol in the intestine to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the food, but also inhibit cholesterol synthesis in the human body.
Theophyllin is abundant in black tea, and it is an important component of the “red” color of black tea soup. Theophylline is a powerful antioxidant that helps aging organisms resist biological oxidation.
3. Burdock tea
Burdock tea is a pure natural tea made from Chinese herbal burdock root. Burdock has the effects of treating diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anti-cancer and so on.
Burdock tea is rich in water-soluble cellulose, which can help interrupt the cycle of cholesterol and promote the elimination of cholesterol. It is very suitable for diabetics to drink.
4. Kuding tea
Kuding tea literally called Bitter Nail tea is also a natural tea. It is a tribute tea in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD).
Kuding tea has a good curative effect on diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular diseases, so it is favored by middle-aged and elderly people.
If you drink Kuding tea, you can reduce blood pressure and blood lipid in twenty or thirty days. This is the value of Kuding tea.
5. Corn silk tea
Corn silk is used as a traditional Chinese medicine in China. In traditional Chinese medicine, corn silk is also called “Dragon Beard” due to its health-care function.
Corn silk tea not only has the effect of clearing heat and detoxifying, but has a significant effect on reducing blood lipid, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Corn silk porridge is commonly used to treat diabetes in southern China.
These five kinds of tea are very popular for diabetic patients. In addition to dietary therapy, diabetic patients should cooperate with exercise therapy to control diabetes.
Proper exercise can improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin, reduce body weight, reduce body fat, enhance physical strength, improve work ability and quality of life.