Chamomile tea

Drinking three cups of camomile tea a day could improve control of blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes, according to an Iranian study.

Researchers from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences recruited 64 participants with type 2 diabetes, all of whom were aged between 30 and 60.

The Tabriz team wanted to determine how the effects of camomile tea would affect blood sugar control and levels of antioxidants in the participants – which can protect or delay against cell damage.

The participants drank camomile tea three days a day immediately after meals for eight weeks, while a control group followed the same routine, but drank water instead.

Those in the camomile tea group experienced a number of benefits compared to the control group, such as significantly reduced HbA1c and serum insulin levels, as well as significantly increased total antioxidant capacity.

The researchers concluded that the “short-term intake of chamomile tea has beneficial effects on glycemic control and antioxidant status in patients with type 2 diabetes,” and that camomile tea could be useful in reducing diabetes risk factors.

They added, though, that further research involving a larger sample population and a longer intervention period is required to demonstrate significant clinical improvements in type 2 diabetes patients.

The findings were published in the journal Nutrition.