Green tea promotes gut health and reduces blood sugar

A new study from Ohio State University shows that consuming green tea extract for four weeks can reduce blood sugar levels and improve gut health by lowering inflammation and decreasing “leaky gut.”

Researchers looked at people with metabolic syndrome (a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and obesity) and healthy people, and found that within one month they were able to lower blood glucose in both groups. 

“Most physicians will initially recommend weight loss and exercise. Unfortunately, we know most persons can’t comply with lifestyle modifications for various reasons,” said the lead researcher. “Our work is aiming to give people a new food-based tool to help manage their risk for metabolic syndrome or to reverse metabolic syndrome.”

Gut inflammation and blood glucose levels for all participants were significantly lower after taking green tea extract. There were also lower instances of ‘leaky gut’, an initiating factor for obesity and insulin resistance. Further study may show that green tea may be able to reverse some cardiometabolic disorders, such as cardiovascular disease and increased blood pressure.

“We did not attempt to cure metabolic syndrome with a one-month study,” said the researcher. “But based on what we know about the causal factors behind metabolic syndrome, there is potential for green tea to be acting at least in part at the gut level to alleviate the risk for either developing it or reversing it if you already have metabolic syndrome.”

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