A study shows how this very common drink used above all to relax and digest, also manages to keep blood sugars at bay if taken after meals
If you have type 2 diabetes and need to keep your blood sugar at bay, you may want to start drinking this herbal tea right after meals. A study has shown how it manages to lower the values just 15 minutes after its intake, especially after meals.
It is chamomile, a medicinal plant used for centuries in kitchens for its calming and anti-inflammatory effects, but also increasingly appreciated for its regulatory benefits on blood sugar levels which make it particularly suitable for those suffering from diabetes.
The research, conducted by the Iranian team of the Tabriz Medical University, involved a sample of 64 people aged between 30 and 60. To conduct the test, each of them drank a cup of chamomile tea immediately after each meal, then three times a day. At the same time, a control group drank a simple glass of water. The changes were followed for 8 weeks. The results are unequivocal: the group that drank three cups of chamomile tea a day saw a reduction in HbA1c and serum insulin levels. It also improved the presence of antioxidants, which help the cells in our body stay healthy.
This research is yet another confirmation of an important notion: although diabetes signals an inability of the body to process sugars, we can directly combat this problem starting from the table and the choice of what we eat. But we also drink.
Given the high temperatures, we could start keeping a bottle of chamomile tea in the fridge to drink immediately after meals.
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