Tea for Obat Herbal? Yes, different teas offer a variety of health-promoting benefits, especially for people dealing with type 2 diabetes. These benefits include helping with weight loss, lowering high blood pressure, and protecting your body’s cells against the damage that high blood sugar levels can cause. Let’s take a closer look at some specifics:
1. Hibiscus tea. One of the common parts of type 2 diabetes is having high blood pressure or hypertension and high blood lipids (that is, fats including cholesterol and trigylcerides, as part of the whole picture of hyperlipidemia), in addition to problems with blood sugar regulation.
Hibiscus is an herb (plant) that several research studies have shown can lower high blood pressure and get high blood lipid levels down as well, including in type 2 diabetes. Other than rare allergic reactions, hibiscus is well-tolerated and seems to have no side-effects.
To get health benefits, you may need to drink multiple cups of well-steeped hibiscus tea each day, but isn’t that better than having to take a high dose of a drug to lower blood pressure? Most people on antihypertensive drugs report side effects that bring down their quality of life.
Doctors are not sure of all of the mechanisms by which hibiscus can help, but it probably includes the effects of substances called anthocyanins in the plant. These compounds can block the oxidation of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which is the damaging factor in developing heart and blood vessel disease.
2. Green tea. Green tea has been touted as a supposed miracle substance on its own. Using antioxidant effects, green tea may even protect the retina of the eye against the damage that high blood sugars can cause. But it does not stop there. Flavonols in green tea probably also help protect against the damage from LDL cholesterol on blood vessels.
Certain flavonols may also reduce insulin resistance, which is a core reason why type 2 diabetics cannot use glucose in their bloodstream effectively as fuel for their cells. Green tea may help somewhat with the high blood sugar, but perhaps not as much as other natural substances.
Many supplement makers claim that green tea extracts will be enough to cause major weight loss, but the research is much less clearcut. Still, the evidence shows that green tea can produce a small weight loss effect in people who are already overweight. The amount of weight loss, unfortunately, does not appear to be clinically meaningful. Still, the other health benefits of green tea make it a worthy addition to your daily regimen.
3. Fenugreek. If you want to get a bit more out there in your herbal tea choices, fenugreek’s claim to fame is an ability to lower high blood sugar levels better than some other natural supplements or herbs. Some studies suggest that this herb may help you reduce your HbA1C, which is the longer term measure of how well your blood sugar has been controlled for a period of about 3 months at a time.