Acupuncture Today
July, 2005, Vol. 06, Issue 07
 
Share |

continued...

Green and Black Tea May Fight Cataracts Caused by Diabetes

In the JAFC study, meanwhile, researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania monitored the effects of green tea and black tea in four groups of rats: a normal (non-diabetic) group, a diabetic control group, a group of diabetic rats given green tea, and a diabetic group given black tea.

The teas were included in the rats' drinking water at a solution of 1.25 percent, which was equivalent to a human drinking 4.6 eight-ounce cups of tea per day.

The teas were fed to the rats every day for three months, at which time they were killed. The chemical composition of the rats' blood and eye lenses was then analyzed to determine whether the teas lowered blood glucose levels and reduced the incidence of cataracts, a common side-effect associated with diabetes.

According to the scientists, the teas "significantly decreased glucose, and ... also inhibited the pathological pathways of diabetes in lens, plasma, and red blood cells." On average, plasma glucose levels in the diabetic rats drinking tea were reduced between 28 percent and 32 percent, which corresponded favorably to a 2003 study of oolong tea in people with type 2 diabetes.4 In addition, tea consumption appeared to reduce the severity of cataracts. Rats in the diabetic control group had an average cataract rating of 3.02 (out of four). In diabetic rats given green tea, the average cataract rating was 2.61; in diabetic rats taking black tea, the average rating was 2.24.

"This paper is the first study to examine three mechanisms of diabetic pathology and show a relationship to a diabetic complication, cataracts," the authors wrote in their conclusion. "Both green and black teas appear to be of equal efficacy for improving the diabetic state by means of a hypoglycemic effect, which in turn inhibits the biochemical indicators of diabetic pathology."

AT News Update
e-mail newsletter Subscribe Today

AT Deals & Events
e-mail newsletter Subscribe Today

 

Buy Cheap Generic Viagra Best Ed Treatments Sales Online Viagra Sale Generic Overnight Shipping Viagra Venetian Las Vegas Discount Viagra Next Day Delivery Viagra Viagra Postal Order Viagra Australia Price Canadian Online Viagra Pharmacy Viagra Generic Drug Cialis Wholesale Online Levitra Online Us Canada Viagra Cialis On Line Brand Viagra No Prescription Cialis Pills And California Generic Viagra Uk Online Pharmacy Viagra Cost Uk Vardenafil Sale Viagra Uk Retailers Internet Pharmacy Viagra Buy Viagra S Journal Generic Cialis Without Prescription Levitra Order Prescription Cialis Pill Caverta 50 Mg Sildenafil Citrate Pills Canada Pharmacy Discounted Viagra 100 Viagra Mexico Mail Order Viagra Online Viagra For Women Survey Mail Order Generic Viagra Viagra Gold 800mg Reviews Canada Cialis Generic Best Price On Levitra Viagra Online Highpoint Generic Viagra Buying Viagra In Melbourne Pick Up Pharmacy Support Team Canada