Sip some green tea once in a while along with eating the right food for your prediabetes diet plan to avoid type 2 diabetes and its nasty complictions.
The smart readers of Nutrientology know the hallmarks of prediabetes metabolic syndrome:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increased waistline
- Insulin resistance
- Elevated triglycerides
- Reduced HDL
Readers and their family members with these problems will be pleased to know that a recent study showed a green tea extract diet supplement may lead to improvements in the medical problems associated with prediabetes as well as other favorable benefits such as reduced inflammation.
Green Tea – Prediabetes Study
The study gave a green tea extract diet supplement to 56 obese people with high blood pressure and found reductions in levels of:
- Blood markers of inflammation known as C-reactive protein (CRP)
- Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF alpha).
- Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
- Oxidative stress
This study used a daily supplement dose of 379 mg of green tea extract.
Study participants had either the 379 mg green tea extract or a placebo daily for 3 months.
Results showed that taking the green tea extract supplement was associated with:
- An average decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 4.9 and 4.7 mmHg, respectively.
- Significant improvements in LDL and HDL cholesterol levels
- Statistically significant improvements in insulin levels and blood sugar levels.
- Reduced TNF alpha
- CRP levels decreased by 0.9 mg/L.
However, when I see study results using a relatively small amount of people for a short period of time, and the results support all the metrics tested, I become a little skeptical. Nevertheless, there does seem to be something to this “green tea thing.”
Black tea has also shown health benefits, but green tea has more water soluble polyphenols than black tea.
I have previously posted on the apparent beneficial effect of green tea as a possible addition to the type 2 diabetes diet plan for healthier blood sugar levels.
For coffee lovers, I have also posted on green coffee beans and a possible benefit for weight management.
For the beloved Nutrientology geeks that want more details, the main polyphenol found in green tea extract is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Others are epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), and epicatechin (EC).
The healthy and unhealthy alike should sit down to a nice cup of green tea every once in a while. You may also consider taking an occasional ECGC containing green tea supplement.
Does anyone have any brewing suggestions for making green tea? Anything to add that may spice it up a little? Please post a comment and share your recipe.