Red Wine, Black Tea, May Help Regulate Blood Sugar in Type 2 Diabetics | My Favorite Tea

From: Newswise

Red wine has been shown to protect people from heart disease, even when they follow a diet high in saturated fat, and the healing powers of tea are becoming the stuff of legend. Now, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have shown that these beverages may hold promise for regulating the blood sugar of people with type 2 diabetes. …

The team also tested four kinds of tea, including black, oolong, white and green teas. Water extracts of black tea had the highest effect on inhibiting the activity of alpha-glucosidase, followed by white tea and oolong tea.

Wine and tea had no effect on a pancreatic enzyme called alpha-amylase that breaks down starch, which could help patients avoid the side effects of medications used to control blood sugar.

A major drawback of medications that control both enzymes is the bacterial fermentation of undigested carbohydrates, especially starch, in the colon, which can lead to side effects such as flatulence, bloating and diarrhea,” says Shetty. “Tea and wine had no effect on the breakdown of starch by alpha-amylase, which could potentially help patients avoid these side effects.”

Read Entire Story

_________________________

My Favorite Tea: Barry’s Gold Blend

Available in Anchorage at Celtic Treasures

I’ve discovered that it’s important to buy with the box’s plastic wrap intact, for its goodness to remain.

And vacuum packing in canning jars then helps preserve its vitality.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption In Middle Age Can Lower Cardiac Risk, Study Shows

From: Science Daily

Previous studies have pointed out the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption as a factor in lowering cardiovascular risk. In a study conducted by the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, researchers found that middle-aged non-drinkers who began consuming moderate amounts of alcohol saw an immediate benefit of lower cardiac disease morbidity with no change in mortality after four years.

Click for Story, which also has these links:

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Decreases Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease Death In Men (Mar. 25, 2004) — Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have found that light to moderate alcohol consumption – categorized as up to one to two drinks a day – among men with hypertension, … > read more

Alcohol Linked To Decreased Hypertension Risk In Young Women (Mar. 11, 2002) — Moderate alcohol consumption can lead to a reduced risk of developing hypertension in young women, according to researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s … > read more

Light To Moderate Drinking Reduces Risk Of Cardiac Events, Death (Jul. 25, 2006) — Older adults who consume one to seven alcoholic beverages a week may live longer and have a reduced risk for cardiac events than those who do not drink — an association that appears independent of … > read more

Study Finds That Moderate Drinkers May Have Lower Risk Of Mortality After A Heart Attack (Apr. 18, 2001) — People with heart disease who consume moderate levels of alcohol may have a lower risk of mortality after suffering a heart attack than those who abstained from alcohol, according to study led by … > read more

Moderate Alcohol Use, Exercise, Keys to Longevity, Study Finds

From: Fox News

A little exercise combined with a little alcohol may be the key to living a longer life, according to a new study published in the European Heart Journal.

The study found people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol and are physically active have a lower risk of death from heart disease and other causes compared to people who don’t drink at all.

Click here for the full study

In fact, the Danish researchers found people who neither drink nor exercise have up to a 49 percent increased risk of heart disease than people who either drank, exercised or did both.

Click for Story