Herbal teas could improve blood sugar levels
Three cups of camomile tea a day could improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, according to a new study.
Researchers gave 64 people with diabetes either camomile tea or water to drink three times a day after meals for two months.
The participants had regular blood tests – and results published in the journal Nutrition showed that, after just eight weeks, the regular camomile tea drinkers had lower blood sugar levels and higher antioxidant levels compared with those who drank water.
The researchers, from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, suggest the antioxidant quercetin has an effect on enzymes that play a role in the development of diabetes.
Can you list all the months of the year? Backwards from December? And in fewer than 20 seconds?
This test has been used for years to detect certain conditions – and now, a new study has found it does accurately pick up mental impairment linked to dementia, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.
The researchers analysed the results of 22 studies and found that the speed and accuracy of the recitation can reveal the risk of neurological disease, reports the World Journal of Psychiatry.
The test is thought to be simple enough, while challenging the brain sufficiently to test a person’s attention, concentration, brain processing and memory.
The researchers say healthy people can usually complete the test within 20 seconds.
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