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Diabetes: Not Green tea! This red drink helps ‘reduce’ blood sugar levels and it's not beetroot or tomato

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Yes, non-milk teas have been gathering a lot of popularity over the last few years. It is now widely accepted that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages we can drink.

Among the many benefits of drinking green tea regularly are:

  • Reduction in breast cancer risk
  • Protection against gynaecological malignancies (ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer)
  • Lower bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Lower chances of developing hypertension Minimising diabetes (high blood sugar) and Lower body fat
  • Protecting the brain from both cognitive decline and stroke
  • Better lung health
  • Better dental and overall oral health

But now researchers are talking of a herbal tea that scores all the above and MORE.

In a comparison of the antioxidant content of 280 common beverages, hibiscus tea, derived from the flower of the same name and also known as roselle, sorrel, jamaica, or sour tea, ranked number one, even beating out the oft-lauded green tea, reports Dr Michael Greger in nutritionfacts.org.

Since hibiscus tea show exceptional benefits in controlling hypertension, researchers tested hibiscus tea head-to-head against a leading blood pressure drug. What do you think were the results?

Two cups of strong hibiscus tea every morning (using a total of five tea bags) was as effective in lowering subjects’ blood pressure as a starting dose of Captopril taken twice a day, but without the drug’s side effects, reports Dr Greger on his website.

That is an important plus as an unaddressed hypertension problem can otherwise hike your risk of medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.

Chemist and researcher, Dr Tim Bond from the Tea Advisory Panel, explained to Express.co.uk that the red drink can lower your blood glucose through different mechanisms. Dr Bond said: “Various polyphenolic compounds are found in hibiscus tea.

“Ferulic acid is one such that appears to reduce blood glucose by reducing insulin resistance and levels of pro-inflammatory compounds in the blood. “Other polyphenols in hibiscus may inhibit the enzymes that break down carbohydrates, thus delaying the breakdown of carbohydrates to glucose and lowering blood glucose,” Dr Bond added.

According to the Express.co.uk report, another benefit of hibiscus tea is the weight loss aspect. Excess fat or flab formation is obstructed, the body is catalysed to burn fat faster and in the process, it also reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes.

How much hibiscus tea to drink in a day?

According to Dr Michael Greger's "My Daily Dozen" recommendations, one should ensure 5 daily servings of hibiscus extract drinks (one glass or 12 ounces each). "Two of my favourites are hibiscus tea and my Hibiscus Punch concoction. After drinking the tea, rinse your mouth with water to keep the tea’s natural acids from softening your tooth enamel. And, given the extraordinary manganese content in hibiscus tea, I wouldn’t recommend drinking more than a quart a day," says Dr Greger.

The bottom line is that just because something shows good results in a certain quantity, one must not overdo the usage as anything in wrong proportions or frequencies can be harmful. Consult your doctor before you add or delete not just the hibiscus tea drink to your daily diet but otherwise as well. No changes in health care should be arbitrary and must not interfere with your routine medication.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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