Diabetes May be Delayed by Drinking Green Tea

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

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The Medical College of Georgia has come out with some amazing research on Green Tea, a powerful antioxidant apparently lies lurking within it fresh, green depths that can help delay the onset of Diabetes 1.

“Researchers were testing EGCG, green tea’s predominant antioxidant, in a laboratory mouse with type 1 diabetes and primary Sjogren’s syndrome, which damages moisture-producing glands, causing dry mouth and eyes.

“Our study focused on Sjogren’s syndrome, so learning that EGCG also can prevent and delay insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes was a big surprise,” says Dr. Stephen Hsu, molecular/cell biologist in the School of Dentistry.

They found it also worked well in their original disease focus.

In the mouse, EGCG reduced the severity and delayed onset of salivary gland damage associated with Sjogren’s syndrome, which has no known cure.

“EGCG modulates several important genes, so it suppresses the abnormality at the molecular level in the salivary gland. It also significantly lowered the serum autoantibodies, reducing the severity of Sjogren’s syndrome-like symptoms,” Dr. Hsu says. Autoantibodies are antibodies the body makes against itself.

Both type 1 diabetes and Sjogren’s syndrome are autoimmune diseases, which cause the body to attack itself. Autoimmune disorders are the third most common group of diseases in the United States and affect about 8 percent of the population, says Dr. Hsu. Sjogren’s syndrome can occur alone or secondary to another autoimmune disease, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes.

The study, published in the Oct. 24 issue of Life Sciences, supports earlier research showing EGCG’s impact on helping prevent autoimmune disease.” (Physorg.com)

More and more information about antioxidants is coming out every day, but what does it really means for us? We need to get back to basics, back to eating real food, food that is farmed with nutrients in mind and eating it while it is still fresh and alive.

Get lots of organic, whole, raw food back into your diet and live longer and healthier is the outcome of all this new research into what’s good for us.

Be Fit! Be Well! Do it online…

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