Everyone has heard how terrific green tea is for your health, but most people are not aware of what all of its wonderful healing and protective benefits are. Not only do the components of green tea help to induce weight loss, prevent tooth decay, lower blood pressure and keep cancer at bay, but surprisingly, green tea has also demonstrated the ability to lower blood glucose levels by enabling insulin to become more sensitive.
Before the discovery of injected insulin, being diagnosed with type I diabetes was a death sentence. Science has come a long way since then, enabling those with any type of diabetes to live longer and higher quality lives. The list of pharmaceuticals to keep blood glucose levels in check has grown profoundly over the years, but the major question is, are these medications safe?
Every medication has side effects, and despite each particular medication’s advantages, they have the potential to cause irreversible damage in the body. Of course controlling the potentially debilitating effects of having blood glucose levels far outweighs the potential for serious side effects. Just drinking 2-3 cups of green tea on a daily basis, or taking some type of green tea supplement can help to minimize the necessity for these medications. Caffeine is known for increasing blood glucose levels, so ensuring that the green tea that you purchase is decaffeinated is important. The decaffeinated version of green tea still contains its beneficial factors, simply without the caffeine.
It is important to remember that when incorporating green tea into your diet, you should never stop taking any prescription medication without a doctor’s permission, and to monitor your glucose levels regularly. When your blood glucose levels do drop, a doctor will determine whether or not your medication needs to be decreased or discontinued. If your goal is to get off your medication, though, green tea alone will not produce this result if your diet remains full of fast foods, double portions and junk food. Following a healthy diet along with the green tea and exercise are excellent ways to lower blood glucose levels.
You can’t go wrong with green tea-a few servings a day, customized to taste the way you like, can prolong your life by normalizing the actions of the insulin that is produced by your body. Drink it hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened, or with cinnamon and honey to experience additional benefits that you never thought were possible. Who would have ever thought that such a delicious tasting drink could be so healthy? Obviously, not all “health” drinks taste awful.