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Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition of disordered glucose metabolism. The main source of glucose in the body comes from the digestion and hydrolysis of dietary carbohydrates. The digestive enzymes - pancreatic alpha-amylase and the intestinal alpha glucosidases - are responsible for digesting carbohydrates to form glucose.

Inhibition of these enzymes and hence the inhibition of glucose formation could contribute to the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. A growing number of studies have shown that people who drink three to four cups of black tea per day have a lower risk to type 2 diabetes than those who drink between zero and two cups per day. The protective effect of tea may be due to the variety of compounds present in tea, including the flavonoid antioxidants found in tea, which are known to help protect body cells from damage. Read on to find out more.

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