A new study claims that drinking chamomile tea daily may help prevent the complications of Type 2 diabetes, such as blindness, heart disease and kidney damage.
UK and Japanese researchers gave a chamomile extract to rats with diabetes. The extract appeared to cut blood glucose levels and block activity of an enzyme associated with the development of diabetic complications.
"More research would be needed before we can come to any firm conclusions about the role chamomile tea plays in fighting diabetes-related complications," said Dr Victoria King, Research Manager at Diabetes UK.
"Diabetes UK wouldn't recommend people with diabetes increase their chamomile tea intake just yet. Eating a healthy balanced diet, taking regular physical activity and adhering to any prescribed medicines remain key ways to effectively control blood glucose levels, blood pressure and blood fats.
"Good diabetes management will help reduce the risk of serious complications such as stroke and blindness."
Benefits of chamomile
Chamomile, also known as manzanilla, has been regarded as a medicinal “cure-all” for years to treat a variety of medical problems including stress, colds and menstrual cramps.
The research was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.