Is Hibiscus Tea Good For Diabetes?

Is Hibiscus Tea Good For Diabetes?


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
hibiscus tea good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. When it comes to tea, I am southern. I like my tea sweet and cold. When someone asks me what type of tea I like,
that is what I answer, sweet iced tea. Of course, the sweet part comes from sucralose. So when asked about some of the other ‘teas’
I have no idea. Which is good, it forces me to do my research. Today I am going to talk about hibiscus tea. We will have a video very soon green tea. Hibiscus tea is a ruby-red beverage with a
tart flavor. The tea is made usually made from the flowers
of the Hibiscus sabdariffa L, also known as roselle or red sorrell. Hibiscus tea is technically not a tea, it’s
a tisane — a beverage made from steeping dried flowers, leaves or other parts of a
plant in boiling water. There are 40 different types of hibiscus and
some can cause some pretty nasty illnesses. A 2014 study published in the Journal Biochemical
and Biophysical Research Communications found that a phytochemical (plant-derived compound)
from the leaves of Sthalpadma or land-lotus (scientifically known as Hibiscus mutabilis
and commonly called Confederate rose) restored insulin sensitivity of cells and thereby helped
in lowering blood sugar levels in diabetic rats. This compound is similar in most hibiscus
plants, but much more research is needed and the next step would be to purify the chemicals
in this process and then check them for toxicity in humans. There are many claims that hibiscus tea can
“CURE” diabetes and many of those claims come from different small studies that found
hibiscus helped control blood sugar in animals, but I have found no reliable research on humans
and so those claims are unfounded. Is hibiscus tea good for diabetes? I don’t see the harm in the tea, in some
it may help you control you blood sugar. I just don’t see it as the cure others claim. I do want to give you a quick warning about
hibiscus tea. Research has found that the tea contains high
levels of aluminum that is completely absorbable. So limit your intake. Also there is growing concern about the extremely
high levels of manganese in the tea. Because of this, I can’t really say hibiscus
tea is good for diabetes, but I can’t say its necessarily bad either. It is a risk/reward situation that you will
have to assess and decide. I hope this answered your question is hibiscus
tea good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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