Berries, tea and herbs could reduce your risk of type II diabetes

By 22. January 2014Blog, Health, Nutrition

..for women at least. So says a paper to be published in the February edition of the Journal of Nutrition.

The researchers focussed on flavones found in herbs and vegetables such as parsley and celery, and anthocyanins, found in berries and vegetables such as purple cabbage.

Nearly 2000 women took part in the study and intakes of the flavonoids were calculated based on answers to a questionnaire. Insulin resistance and inflammatory biomarkers (indictors of type II diabetes) were measured from blood samples.

Higher anthocyanin and flavone intake were associated with significantly lower insulin resistance, and anthocyanin intake was associated with lower inflammation levels.

The best news is that the intake required is easily achievable in the diet.

So switch your white cabbage in your coleslaw to purple, keep eating those berries and drinking that tea. It would appear it’s doing you good.

The paper is available from the Journal of Nutrition website.