Controls Blood Sugar
Green tea controls blood sugar. Tea extracts belong in the diabetic food pyramid and are among the world’s best studied nutrients and have been researched for years in leading European universities and hospitals. Some have been in clinical use in Europe for decades, with millions of documented cases.
Almost all of what we know as modern day medicine has been derived either directly or indirectly from folk medicine, which relies on tea-based treatments. Even today, as much as 80% of the world (four billion people) use tea-based supplements as part of their primary health care.
Many of the drugs that are commonly used today are tea in origin. In fact, the Office of Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health reports that about one-fourth of the prescription drugs dispensed in the United States have at least one active ingredient derived from tea-based or plant material.
Green Tea Polyphenols
Green tea polyphenols are members of flavonoids. Catechins found in green tea have been shown to provide a number of health-promoting benefits:
Green Tea Controls Blood Sugar
- Catechins are antioxidants with the ability to scavenge reactive oxygen species.
- Catechins in green tea have fluid stabilizing properties.
- Catechins have a thermogenic (fat burning) effect in the body.
- Green tea polyphenols may help to improve fasting blood sugar levels.
When starch is consumed, it requires the enzyme amylase to break it down into simple sugars that can be absorbed in the blood stream. Green tea polyphenols inhibit amylase.
One study showed that just one cup of green tea inhibited amylase activity by 87%. Another study showed that green tea extract reduced the normal elevation of glucose and insulin when 50 grams of starch were ingested.
High blood levels of glucose and insulin predispose people to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and are associated with accelerated aging.
For many people, sugar is the primary culprit in the accumulation of body fat. One animal study showed a significant reduction in body fat in response to green tea catechin supplementation.
Drink green tea! It's that simple. However, drinking tea may not be enough. We also suggest supplementing with a high quality gree tea extract.
The active constituents in green tea are polyphenols, with an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) being the most powerful. The antioxidant activity of EGCG is about 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C and E. One cup of green tea may provide some polyphenols but often not enough.
Take a green tea supplement that provides at least 700 mg of green tea polyphenols.
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