If you’re suffering from type 2 diabetes, start drinking kombucha tea. The fermented drink reduces blood sugar levels in just four weeks.
Diabetics aren’t able to efficiently process sugars from carbohydrates, and kombucha can lower levels of blood sugars—known as glucose—to within safe limits.
In one test, carried out by researchers from Georgetown University Medical Centre, the tea reduced fasting glucose levels from 164 to 116 milligrams per decilitre of blood within four weeks. Recommended safe levels before eating are between 70 and 130 milligrams per decilitre.
The researchers gave eight ounces of the tea every day to six of 12 people suffering from diabetes, and the rest were instead given a placebo drink. After four weeks, and after a two-month ‘washout’ period, the groups switched.
Kombucha is fermented with bacteria and yeasts, and the researchers analysed the tea they used and discovered it was mainly comprised of lactic and acetic acid bacteria, and a yeast known as Dekkera.
With 96 million Americans being pre-diabetic, and the disease itself being the eighth leading cause of death as well as being a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure, adding kombucha tea to the diet is a simple and effective remedy, the researchers say.