Those suffering from diabetes may have just found themselves a very good reason to hold tea parties more often.
The article below claims that mistletoe tea has blood sugar level lowering effects which is more than good news to the millions of diabetics around the world.
Backed with scientific studies and researches, mistletoe tea sounds very promising. However, I guess it's too early for the time being to ditch those insulin shots and maintenance tablets.
One of the exceptional herbs that has been identified is Mistletoe. Now the Mistletoe has poisonous berries so you definitely do not want to consume them, but the leaves possess almost magical powers, and have been shrouded in mystery since ancient times. The Druids held it in great reverence as a sacred plant the was almost universal in it’s curative effects for a plethora of disorders; Diabetes being one of them as well as for high blood pressure.
The Druids use to harvest the plant with great ceremony using a golden knife. The best time to harvest the plant was the beginning of October to the middle of December and again in March and April. A famous herbologist, Marie Treben, highly recommends its use for lack of energy, heart and circulatory disorders, dizziness, metabolic disorders, menstruation difficulties and prevention of cancer.
Interestingly, researchers at the University of Calabar conducted an assessment of mistletoe on the blood and organs, and found that adverse effects of salt load on these organs were reduced following chronic feeding on mistletoe extract. This 2007 study was published in The Internet Journal of Nutrition and Wellness and entitled “Effect of Mistletoe Extract on High Salt Fed Rats”, the researchers fed rats with a decoction from fresh leaves of mistletoe.
They observed that there was a reduction in the sodium ion level in the extract fed group compared with the control and salt loaded rats. It was also observed that the extract fed group had increased potassium ion levels compared to the control and salt loaded rats, while the salt loaded rats had significantly reduced potassium ion levels. Previous researchers have also reported that the extract has a blood glucose reducing effect which implies that the extract enhances glucose uptake by the tissues, which could be the probable reason for the better weight control observed in extract fed group compared to the salt loaded rats.
These findings would fully support Trebens observations that mistletoe tea can reduce blood sugar levels in animals. The best way to make this tea is through a process called cold infusion. This is done with a heaping teaspoon of Mistletoe that is soaked in one-fourth litre of cold water overnight. The next morning it is slightly warmed and strained, do not drink hot.
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