Blueberry Tea Could Help Reduce Insulin Dependence
Researchers are currently testing an herbal tea that features blueberry as the main ingredient as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the Menzies Institute in Hobart, Australia have been looking into whether or not blueberry tea has the ability to reduce dependence on insulin replacement therapies.
The tea includes a mixture of blueberry leaves, cinnamon, raspberry and spearmint leaves. This tea is a drink that Gerard Spicer has been drinking that he believes in helping him manage his Type 2 diabetes. The study is being lead by Michelle Keske of the Menzies Institute. According to Keske, the pre-clinical trials have indicated favorable results. The tea has enabled insulin to improve glucose uptake into the muscles and as a result lowers glucose levels thanks to the stimulation blood flow.
Diabetes is condition that affects millions of people around the world and Keske believes that the blueberry tea could be a solution because blueberries are rich in flavonoids and polyphenols which aid in blood flow stimulation. The next phase of the study will involve human trials which are scheduled for the later half of 2015.