Saturday, September 20


New research suggests that drinking chamomile tea may help to prevent many of the complications associated with diabetes, such as kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.
Japanese and English researchers added chamomile extract to the diets of diabetic rats for 21 days. Results showed a significant decrease in blood glucose levels in rats given the chamomile extract, compared to a control group of rats fed a normal diet. The chamomile extract was also found to inhibit aldose reductase (ALR2) an enzyme which plays a role in the development of many of the complications of diabetes, including: diabetic neuropathy, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and nephropathy.

The authors conclude: “These results clearly suggested that daily consumption of chamomile tea with meals could contribute to the prevention of the progress of hyperglycemia and diabetic complications.”

Credits: World Health - Diabetes

New research suggests that drinking coffee may protect women from developing cancer of the uterus, the fourth most common cancer in women in the US. Researchers from Japan’s National Cancer Center conducted a study of 53,724 Japanese women to determine whether coffee consumption had any effect upon the risk of developing endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer.

Over the course of the 15-year-long study 117 women developed endometrial cancer. Results showed that coffee consumption was significantly associated with a decreased risk of endometrial cancer. In fact, women who drank more than three cups of coffee per day were more than 60% less likely to develop endometrial cancer than women who drank fewer than two cups of coffee per week. It is thought that coffee decreases circulating insulin and estrogen levels, high levels of which are linked to the development of endometrial cancer.

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