Tea (black, green, hibiscus tea) and kombucha in diabetes mellitus

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Tea and kombucha


Tea in diabetes mellitusDiabetes is disease of endocrine system associated with metabolic disorders in the body. Treatment of this disease consists of a complex of measures aimed at normalization of metabolic processes in patient’s organism. The effectiveness of treatment depends on the observance of a special diet, which is aimed to reduce the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood.

Diet for people with diabetes mellitus involves reducing carbohydrates in the diet and calorie intake, restrictions that are imposed on many foods and drinks. Often patients have a question: is it possible to drink tea (black, green or hibiscus tea) and consume kombucha in diabetes mellitus?

Tea is not contraindicated in diabetes mellitus, but only if the patients do not have diabetes related diseases (associated diseases) like for example stomach ulcers, hypertension, etc. The most useful for patients with diabetes is the blueberry tea. It can be made as of blueberry leaves and berries. It turns out that the berries and leaves contain a unique mix of useful substances that help to reduce level of glucose in patient’s organism.

Black tea

Black tea is also very useful for people with diabetes. That was the conclusion of researchers from the Scottish Dundee. According to their researches, in the leaves of black tea polyphenols are have energetic features, so they are capable to implement partially role of insulin, which people with diabetes mellitus particular need. Black tea is the most effective in the treatment of diabetes mellitus of second (2nd) type. Therefore, for the prevention and treatment of diabetes patient should drink and consume needed amounts of this liquid.

Green Tea

Green Tea The benefits of green tea are known to all. It includes a number of biologically active components, including catechins with special value, caffeine and theanine, which have the ability to dissolve the visceral fat that is accumulated on the internal organs of the abdomen. This property of green tea is particularly true for patients with diabetes mellitus of second (2nd) type and it is good for prevention of this disease. Daily use of green tea improves patient’s insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea Hibiscus Tea is not only a delicious drink, but it is also especially extremely useful for patients with diabetes mellitus (it is not worse than green and black teas). Hibiscus contains a number of vitamins, fruit acids, bioflavanodes and carbohydrates that have beneficial effect on the entire body. Hibiscus tea or red tea in other words is an excellent drink for weight loss thanks to its laxative and diuretic properties. In addition, use of hibiscus can reduce the risk of developing of hypertension.

Important: any tea (black, green and hibiscus tea) should be drunk without sugar, milk can be added to tea.

Kombucha in diabetes

Kombucha in diabetes mellitusUse of kombucha in diabetes mellitus is not recommended. The reason lies not in any properties of the fungus, and in sugar, which is contained in the infusion in quite great quantity. Although it is believed that kombucha helps regulate blood sugar levels. And indeed, if patient will consume acidic brew of Kombucha, it will help to reduce fluctuations in level of blood sugar. Additionally Kombucha reduces cholesterol in patient’s organism, it helps to normalize digestion, and relieve inflammation in the intestine. Also this drink contains a number of vitamins and minerals, organic acids, polyphenols and enzymes, making it very useful for health.

However, there is no scientific evidence of its safety use for patients with diabetes. Therefore, its use should be viewed with caution. It is recommended to dilute extract of kombucha with mineral water or herbal tea. When making tea it should be used with minimal amount of sugar. You can also use honey or special diabetic fructose as a replacements of sugar.

And you should always remember one good rule, before you introduce into personal diet any type or kind of drink, you should consult your doctor, because there may be any personal and individual contraindications in specific each case.