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Q:

what is the best tea for diabetes?

Amy Campbell

A:

There are two main types of tea: teas from the Camellia sinensis plant (“regular” tea), which include black, green, white, oolong and herbal teas. Regular teas are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, which are substances that may have a protective effect against heart disease, some types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Other studies have shown that drinking several cups of tea a day may help lower the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Research with lab animals indicate that green tea may be helpful with weight control, but it’s too soon to know if green tea can help humans lose weight. There are many different types of herbal teas. These teas are made from herbs, roots, fruits or seeds. The health benefits of drinking herbal teas aren’t as well known, and some herbal teas, such as those made with comfrey, senna, aloe, lobelia and ephedra can be dangerous. Some people have noticed that cinnamon tea can be helpful with lowering blood glucose levels, but you should speak with your healthcare provider before trying this. If you drink tea, choose mostly black, green or white tea. Ideally, brew tea yourself instead of buying powdered or bottled tea, which often contains sugar and additives and are high in calories. Because tea contains caffeine, you may wish to choose a decaffeinated tea, if you find that you have difficulty sleeping.

June 24, 2012 at 7:25 am

2 replies

Dr. P
Dr. P 2012-07-09 15:10:15 -0500 Report

I can only tell you what teas I drink. Mint (fresh mint leaves in boiling water). it's a stimulant. For diabetes, I drink bitter melon tea. It lowers glucose levels. So, I guess you should figure out what benefit are you looking to receive from the tea

Deaconess Jane
Deaconess Jane 2012-07-02 10:56:48 -0500 Report

Some good information, but you left me confused. You start the article stating, "There are two main types of tea:" but then only speak of "regular teas". So, what is the second type of tea?