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Tea and Type 2 diabetes

Many plants and foods can help reduce the risk of diabetes and also help regulate blood sugar levels in those diagnosed with the condition. Good foods include green beans, lettuce, and beetroot according to Dr. Pamukoff, MD, who has a clinic in London’s Harley Street. Now in his late ‘80s Dr. Pamukoff has Type 2 diabetes and has used and researched medicinal plants that have an insulin-like effect.

Collip and Best received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923 for the co-discovery of insulin with Banting and MacLeod. Pancreatic insulin was discovered in 1921-1922 and established as the universal drug for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. Right after the discovery of insulin, Collip and Best reported the presence of insulin-like substances in plant materials like green tops of onions, lettuce leaves, green bean leaves, barley roots, beetroots, and others. Charles Best was responsible with Frederick Banting for the clinical tests on animals and humans, but in 1923 he also reported that insulin-like materials were present in germinating potatoes and rice.

This pioneering research fascinated many scientists around the world who continued working in the area, including Pamukoff, who conducted a number of experiments on insulin-like substances since he opened his Scientific Phytotherapy Practice in 1972.

Dr. Pamukoff drinks a herbal tea containing insulin-like substances to help normalize his blood sugar levels, made of combination from honeybush and roybos teas. He keeps a box of each in his office. It is easy to make and take and he says it has a positive effect on his lifestyle:  put 1 l tea bag of honeybush and 1 tea bag of roybos in a mug with boiling-hot water; let it steep for 20 min. Drink 3 mugs of the plant combination six times a day, 15 minutes before your meal and 30 minutes after it.

He says that the use of medicinal herbs and food, combined with diet, is safe in diabetes type 2 when the blood sugar is under 10 mmol/L, but should be done in consultation with your doctor. He also recommends adding cinnamon powder to coffee and in food, as it can also help regulate blood sugar.


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