Drinking Chamomile Tea May Prevent Complications from Diabetes
Drinking chamomile tea daily with meals may help prevent the complications of diabetes, which include loss of vision, nerve damage, and kidney damage, researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom are reporting.
In the new study, the researchers fed chamomile extract to a group of diabetic rats for 21 days and compared the results to a group of control animals on a normal diet. The chamomile-supplemented animals showed a significant decrease in blood glucose levels compared with the controls, they say. The extract also showed significant inhibition of both ALR2 enzymes and sorbitol, whose elevated levels are associated with increased diabetic complications, the scientists say.
Kato, Atsushi, Minoshima, Yuka, Yamamoto, Jo, Adachi, Isao, Watson, Alison A, and Nash, Robert J. Protective Effects of Dietary Chamomile Tea on Diabetic Complications. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2008; 56 (17): 8206 DOI: 10.1021/jf8014365
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