Sipping your favorite brew of tea offers so many benefits to both body, mind, and even attitude. Who doesn’t instantly feel better, feel happier, when pouring a perfectly steaming cup of tea? It’s delicious and a product of nature — so it’s not surprising that every variety of tea offers its own health-helping qualities. Green tea, of course, is a health and healing powerhouse that helps keep weight down, infuses antioxidants, and even lowers the risk of some types of cancers. Black tea offers energy-stimulating caffeine, can reduce chances of stroke and heart disease, and eliminates potentially dangerous bacteria in the mouth. While these two teas are quite popular with tea lovers, they aren’t the only health powerhouses.
The most recent news about the bountiful benefits of tea involves a variety already known for its calming and soothing effects: chamomile. As World Tea News reports, a recent research study conducted at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in the country of Iran discovered that chamomile tea can help those who drink it to lower their blood sugar. Over the course of eight weeks, the researchers examined what happened when more than 60 individuals with diabetes changed their daily drinking habits.
Half of the participants in the study were given water to drink after each meal; the other half were given cups of chamomile tea. Throughout the duration of the study, researchers took and recorded body measurements and blood samples. When the study ended, the researchers found that those who spent the weeks consuming chamomile instead of water had lower blood sugar — and an increase in the amount of antioxidants in their blood stream. Even more benefits existed as well, as the insulin levels and glycosylated hemoglobin (glucose-bound hemoglobin in someone’s blood) were lowered.
What, exactly, is it that makes chamomile tea the healthiest choice for those with diabetes and other blood sugar problems? The study’s researchers think that it’s quercetin, an antioxidant particular to chamomile leaves that works with the enzymes involved in a diabetic body’s response to food. Researchers, however, aren’t yet sure how long the benefits of chamomile last — because the study lasted just eight weeks, they plan to extend its length in order to determine just how often drinking chamomile tea is best.
So, if you struggle with your blood sugar levels, or are perhaps suffering from an ailment like type 2 diabetes, consider choosing chamomile. It can help your body work its way towards better health.