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Black Tea Beneficial for Diabetes Patients

Famous for its antioxidants, immune boosting, and antihypertensive properties, black tea is again hogging the limelight with yet another health benefit. A recent study found that black tea may also help in controlling diabetes.

Bulk of the gathered related literature has already proven that next to water, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. Chinese researchers studied the polysaccharide levels of green, oolong, and black teas and examined whether they could be used in the treatment of diabetes. In particular, they looked for a kind of polysaccharide that can help retard the absorption of glucose.

Of the three teas examined, the researchers found that the polysaccharides in the black tea have the most glucose-inhibiting properties. “The black tea polysaccharides showed the highest scavenging effect in free radicals which are also involved in the development of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis,” the study authors stated.

“Many efforts have been made to search for effective glucose inhibitors from natural materials,” lead researcher Haixia Chen said. “There is a potential for exploitation of black tea polysaccharide in managing diabetes.”

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