New research has shown that green tea extract can lower blood sugar levels in people with certain risk factors for heart disease.
This study was conducted for four weeks, in which this drink proved to be effective in reducing sugar and intestinal inflammation.
The researchers said this is the first study to assess whether the anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea can outweigh the health risks related to metabolic syndrome.
In fact, the disease affects a third of Americans, the authors said. This study was done on 40 people at Ohio State University in the US.
This research follows a previous one from 2019, in which less obesity and fewer health risks were associated with better gut health in rats that consumed a green tea supplement.
Lead author Richard Bruno said, “There is a lot of evidence that a high intake of green tea is associated with good levels of cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, but no studies have linked its benefits in the gut to these health factors.” “
The new study was published in the journal ‘Current Developments in Nutrition’. The document also reviews the benefits of green tea extract in reducing glucose and inflammation and reduced intestinal permeability in healthy people.
“This tells us that within a month we are able to reduce blood sugar in both metabolic syndrome and healthy people,” Bruno explained.
Patients with metabolic syndrome are diagnosed with at least three out of five factors that increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems.
A total of 40 participants — 21 with metabolic syndrome and 19 healthy adults — consumed gummies containing green tea extracts rich in anti-inflammatory compounds called catechins for 28 days.
The daily dose was equivalent to five cups of green tea. In the double-blind, randomized crossover trial, all participants spent another 28 days taking the placebo, with a month off from any supplementation between treatments.
Researchers confirm that participants, as advised, followed a diet low in polyphenols — natural antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, teas and spices — during the placebo and green tea extract phases of the study, So that any results can be attributed to the effects of green tea alone.
According to Bruno, the aim of this study is not to cure metabolic syndrome with a month’s worth of research, but it may offer a solution based on what is known about the causative factors of the syndrome.
The authors of the document said, “There is a possibility that green tea works at least partly to reduce the risk of developing it at the intestinal level or that it can be taken if you already have metabolic syndrome.” Reverse.”
*With information from Europa Press (Infosalus).