Chamomile tea could curb diabetes
A new study claims diabetes sufferers could benefit from drinking three cups of chamomile tea a day.
The condition causes glucose levels in the blood to become too high, as the body cannot process it properly due to the pancreas not making any or enough insulin. Insulin helps glucose enter the body's cells.
Now scientists from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences claim they have found a way to curb the effects of diabetes - and it's as simple as having the hot herbal drink three times a day.
For the study, researchers gave 64 people with diabetes either chamomile tea or water to drink after each of their three daily meals for two months. The participants also agreed to regular blood tests.
Amazing results showed that after eight weeks, the chamomile tea drinkers had lower blood sugar and higher antioxidant levels when compared to those who'd had water.
The Iranian researchers believe it's all down to antioxidant quercetin, which is found in chamomile tea. It affects the enzymes that play a part in diabetes and therefore appears to help with the condition. The study was published in journal Nutrition.
Even if you don't suffer from diabetes, there are plenty of reasons you should start sipping on the herbal tea. According to naturalsociety.com, chamomile tea's antibacterial properties could prove your winter saviour, helping to ward off coughs and colds.
Anyone suffering from stomach problems should also brew themselves a cup. It's soothing and helps to relax the muscles of the intestines, preventing cramping. Especially those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) should switch from caffeinated teas and coffee to the chamomile drink.
And as beauty starts on the inside, it could also help with your complexion. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help to clear up the skin and could help those battling conditions like eczema and acne.