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Does Drinking Black Tea Help Prevent Diabetes

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Black tea is known for being high in polyphenols and flavonoids, antioxidants that scavenge free radicals, keeping them from causing harmful oxidation reactions in the body. Researcher John Weisburger, PhD, 82, drinks 10 cups of tea per day and has authored over 500 papers, many of them on tea and how it detoxifies harmful chemicals.

Investigators at Data Mining International in Geneva, Switzerland, compared the popularity of tea in 50 countries with their prevalence of diabetes and other diseases.

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Their study, reported on in the November 2012 issue of the British Medical Journal, found that countries in which the most tea was consumed had the lowest prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. (Unfortunately, cancer, heart and blood vessel diseases and infectious diseases showed no such correlation).

From the results of this study, it was concluded further studies are warranted to discover whether this beverage can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. It is not known whether tea-drinkers in the high tea-drinking countries were necessarily those who did not get Type 2 diabetes, although the results are intriguing and studies into the actual biology of tea drinking will yield more definitive results.

Black, green, and oolong all come from the Camellia sinensis plant...

  • when the leaves are processed to make the green version, they are steamed and scalded for several minutes, then left to dry.
  • in the making of the black version of tea, the leaves are fermented before they are dried.
  • Oolong tea has been described as half way between green and black teas. It too is fermented, but only for half the time as black tea.

Tea is basically a healthful beverage, and if caffeine is a problem, decaffeinated tea is available with the same amount of antioxidants as regular tea.

A simple cup of hot tea or a glass of iced tea with sweetener is tasty, but more elaborate tea drinks have also been concocted. Adding orange juice, apple cider, cranberry juice, or other juices can give tea varied flavors and can be drunk in moderation along with a carefully planned diet.

  • offers a recipe for hot cranberry tea with orange juice. Or,
  • from the same source, try making a hot cranberry tea with orange juice, cranberry-raspberry juice, pineapple juice, and cinnamon.
  • also offers a recipe for a Japanese drink made with tea and brown rice.
  • the website at WhatsCookingAmerica has a recipe for a holiday tea blend using cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest, and vanilla along with black tea.

So eat healthily, drink tea and go for a walk after you have dinner to help control your weight and your blood sugar.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. You can take control of the disease... and take back your life. Maybe drinking tea will help!

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.

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The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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