20 Teas, Juices and Drinks That Reverse Diabetes
20 Teas, Juices and Drinks That Reverse Diabetes
- Aronia juice
- Chamomile tea
- Cranberry juice
- Green tea
- Guava leaf tea
- Marjoram tea
- Pomegranate juice
- Red wine
- White mulberry tea
- Yerba mate tea
12-20. Other drinks
Many studies have examined the effects of alcohol intake on blood sugar control. These have subsequently been pooled and meta-analyzed to arrive at a more reliable conclusion.
A 2015 meta-analysis that looked at 14 studies on humans found that moderate alcohol consumption improves blood sugar control (it lowers HbA1c). Moreover, the analysis found that alcohol consumption increases insulin sensitivity in women.1
A 2006 meta-analysis found that type 2 diabetics who consume moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower risk of dying, compared to alcohol abstainers.2
Another study on type 2 diabetics found that moderate alcohol consumers had a lower risk of new or worsening diabetic kidney disease or eye disease (retinopathy), and a lower risk of death, compared to alcohol abstainers. The protective effects were larger for those who drank mostly wine.3
Heavy alcohol consumption leads to a greater risk of death, however,3 and should be avoided.
2. Aronia juice
You may never have heard of aronia juice, but you can buy it in many places if you look around. Aronia is also known as chokeberry, or black chokeberry. Studies have shown that aronia berries/chokeberries are antidiabetic.
In one study, diabetics who drank one glass (2 deciliters) of sugar-free, artificially sweetened, aronia juice had 20% lower blood sugar after just one hour.4
Remarkably, diabetics that consumed the juice with a carbohydrate-rich breakfast had 11% lower blood sugar after one hour. In other words, the juice prevented and reversed the usual blood sugar spike seen after a high-carbohydrate meal.4
Furthermore, drinking one glass (2 deciliters) of the juice per day for 3 months reduced fasting blood sugar by 31% in type 2 diabetics.4 The juice also reduced HbA1c, cholesterol and blood fats.4
If you can’t find sugar-free juice, get one with naturally occurring sugar. Studies in rats have demonstrated that aronia juice is antidiabetic even if it contains some sugar.5
3. Chamomile tea
Chamomile has antidiabetic properties that have been demonstrated in type 2 diabetics,6 and several rodent studies.7-11
In a human study, type 2 diabetics were instructed to drink 1.5 deciliters of chamomile tea (5 fl oz) three times per day immediately after each main meal, while the control group consumed water. After 8 weeks, the chamomile tea group had significantly lower HbA1c, insulin resistance, cholesterol, blood fats (triglycerides) and LDL cholesterol, compared to the control group.6
4. Cranberry juice
In one study, type 2 diabetics were randomly assigned to consume 1 cup (240 milliliters) of cranberry juice per day for 12 weeks, or a placebo drink. By the end of the study, blood sugar was significantly lower, and heart disease risk factors were improved, in the cranberry juice group compared to the placebo group.12
In another study, overweight, middle-aged, adults consumed either 2 cups per day of sugar-reduced cranberry juice for 8 weeks, or a placebo drink. Cranberry juice reduced fasting blood sugar, insulin resistance, blood pressure and inflammation, compared to placebo.13
5. Green tea
A multitude of studies have examined the effects of green tea on blood sugar control. Due to the large amount of studies, the results have subsequently been pooled and meta-analyzed in an attempt to get a more accurate picture.
6. Guava leaf tea
Guava leaf tea is approved in Japan for prediabetics as a ”Food for Specified Health Uses”, thanks to its antidiabetic properties.15
Specifically, human studies have found that drinking guava tea before eating carbohydrate reduces post-meal blood sugar (reduces glycemic index).15
Longer-term studies found that drinking guava tea with every meal for 12 weeks reduced insulin resistance in type 2 and prediabetics.15
7. Marjoram tea
Marjoram tea is beneficial for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disease which, just like diabetes, is characterized by insulin resistance.
In a recent study, women with PCOS were assigned to consume a cup of marjoram tea or placebo tea twice daily for 1 month. By the end of the study, insulin resistance was significantly lower in the marjoram tea group.16
Marjoram tea can be purchased as tea bags, or you can brew your own with marjoram spice and boiling water.
8. Pomegranate juice
Studies on humans demonstrated that pomegranate juice improves blood sugar control, and can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, too.17-19
Another study found a neutral effect on blood sugar, but found that pomegranate juice was anti-inflammatory.20
An animal study is also worth mentioning. A pomegranate rind supplement reduced blood sugar by 48% in just 6 hours in diabetic mice. It also improved nerve function and reduced pain caused by peripheral diabetic neuropathy.21
9. Red wine
As mentioned, alcohol itself improves blood sugar control (HbA1c). Red wine may be even healthier thanks to various plant compounds, like resveratrol.
Moderate amounts of red wine consistently improves health in diabetics. 22-26
For example, drinking 360 ml (12 fl oz) of red wine per day resulted in significantly higher insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics, in just two weeks.22
In another study, on type 2 diabetics who had recently suffered a heart attack, one small glass of red wine per day for 1 year reduced insulin resistance and inflammation, and improved heart function and HDL cholesterol.23
A glass of red wine per day can also improve liver health in type 2 diabetics,24 reduce blood sugar, and make it easier to fall asleep at night.25
Red wine even benefits type 2 diabetics with kidney disease. A study found that one small glass per day for 6 months improved kidney health – an effect not seen with white wine, or without alcohol altogether. 26
Clearly, type 2 diabetics can benefit from moderate red wine consumption. An appropriate amount would be around 1.2 to 3.6 dl daily (4 to 12 fl oz) – or 1 to 3 small glasses – which I think is best consumed with dinner. This minimizes the risk of accidents.
10. White mulberry tea
Studies have shown that white mulberry leaves reduce fasting blood sugar, HbA1c and insulin resistance in humans.27
The berries may also be antidiabetic, but I haven’t seen any research on that. Your best bet is a white mulberry tea or supplement. White mulberry tea can be purchased in many health food stores. If you can’t find it locally, look online.
11. Yerba mate tea
Yerba mate is a plant most known for its weight loss effects. However, studies also show that yerba mate has antidiabetic properties.
In type 2 diabetics, drinking 1 liter (roughly 1 quart) per day of yerba mate tea for 2 months significantly reduced fasting blood sugar and HbA1c, and improved cholesterol as well.28
12-20. Other drinks
Here are 9 more scientifically proven drinks that can reverse your diabetes (and improve your health in other ways):
- Aloe vera juice. In diabetics, one tablespoon of aloe juice twice a day reduced blood sugar.29, 30
- Blueberry juice. The antidiabetic effects of blueberry juice are documented.
- Cocoa. A meta-analysis published in 2011, which pooled the results of 24 studies of cocoa on 1106 participants, found that cocoa consumption reduces insulin resistance, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, and raises HDL cholesterol.31 Cocoa, of course, can be consumed as a beverage. Simply add cocoa powder to hot water and stir. Add stevia as a sweetener if desired.
- Fenugreek. A study on type 2 diabetics found that 10 grams per day of fenugreek powder mixed with hot water led to a 25% reduction of fasting blood sugar in 8 weeks.32
- Indian gooseberry juice. Indian gooseberries are also known as alma fruit. In diabetic rats, the juice reduced blood sugar.33
- Onion juice. Animal studies have demonstrated that onion juice (as well as freeze-dried onion powder, and other onion preparations) has antidiabetic effects.34
- Plum juice. Obese rats given Asian plum juice (Prunus Mume) had lower blood sugar and higher insulin sensitivity compared to rats given water.35
In another study on obese rats, juice made from purple plums attenuated weight gain by reducing calorie intake, and reduced blood sugar and insulin resistance, compared to a similar amount of water with added sugar.36
- Tomato juice. In patients with the metabolic syndrome, drinking tomato juice 4 times per week for 8 weeks significantly reduced insulin resistance, inflammation and cholesterol.37
- Vinegar diluted in water. Vinegar is well documented to improve blood sugar control. Diluted in water, it makes for a refreshing drink.
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- Koppes LL, Dekker JM, Hendriks HF, Bouter LM, Heine RJ. Meta-analysis of the relationship between alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease and mortality in type 2 diabetic patients. Diabetologia. Apr 2006;49(4):648-652.
- Blomster JI, Zoungas S, Chalmers J, et al. The relationship between alcohol consumption and vascular complications and mortality in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. May;37(5):1353-1359.
- Simeonov SB, Botushanov NP, Karahanian EB, Pavlova MB, Husianitis HK, Troev DM. Effects of Aronia melanocarpa juice as part of the dietary regimen in patients with diabetes mellitus. Folia Med (Plovdiv). 2002;44(3):20-23.
- Valcheva-Kuzmanova S, Kuzmanov K, Tancheva S, Belcheva A. Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of Aronia melanocarpa fruit juice in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. Mar 2007;29(2):101-105.
- Rafraf M, Zemestani M, Asghari-Jafarabadi M. Effectiveness of chamomile tea on glycemic control and serum lipid profile in patients with type 2 diabetes. J Endocrinol Invest. Sep 7.
- Weidner C, Wowro SJ, Rousseau M, et al. Antidiabetic effects of chamomile flowers extract in obese mice through transcriptional stimulation of nutrient sensors of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) family. PLoS One.8(11):e80335.
- Khan SS, Najam R, Anser H, Riaz B, Alam N. Chamomile tea: herbal hypoglycemic alternative for conventional medicine. Pak J Pharm Sci. Sep;27(5 Spec no):1509-1514.
- Kato A, Minoshima Y, Yamamoto J, Adachi I, Watson AA, Nash RJ. Protective effects of dietary chamomile tea on diabetic complications. J Agric Food Chem. Sep 10 2008;56(17):8206-8211.
- Cemek M, Kaga S, Simsek N, Buyukokuroglu ME, Konuk M. Antihyperglycemic and antioxidative potential of Matricaria chamomilla L. in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. J Nat Med. Jul 2008;62(3):284-293.
- Eddouks M, Lemhadri A, Zeggwagh NA, Michel JB. Potent hypoglycaemic activity of the aqueous extract of Chamaemelum nobile in normal and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. Mar 2005;67(3):189-195.
- Shidfar F, Heydari I, Hajimiresmaiel SJ, Hosseini S, Shidfar S, Amiri F. The effects of cranberry juice on serum glucose, apoB, apoA-I, Lp(a), and Paraoxonase-1 activity in type 2 diabetic male patients. J Res Med Sci. Apr;17(4):355-360.
- Novotny JA, Baer DJ, Khoo C, Gebauer SK, Charron CS. Cranberry Juice Consumption Lowers Markers of Cardiometabolic Risk, Including Blood Pressure and Circulating C-Reactive Protein, Triglyceride, and Glucose Concentrations in Adults. J Nutr. Apr 22.
- Liu K, Zhou R, Wang B, et al. Effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. Aug;98(2):340-348.
- Deguchi Y, Miyazaki K. Anti-hyperglycemic and anti-hyperlipidemic effects of guava leaf extract. Nutr Metab (Lond).7:9.
- Haj-Husein I, Tukan S, Alkazaleh F. The effect of marjoram (Origanum majorana) tea on the hormonal profile of women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomised controlled pilot study. J Hum Nutr Diet. Feb 9.
- Banihani SA, Makahleh SM, El-Akawi Z, et al. Fresh pomegranate juice ameliorates insulin resistance, enhances beta-cell function, and decreases fasting serum glucose in type 2 diabetic patients. Nutr Res. Oct;34(10):862-867.
- Parsaeyan N, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Mozayan MR. Effect of pomegranate juice on paraoxonase enzyme activity in patients with type 2 diabetes. J Diabetes Metab Disord.11(1):11.
- Tsang C, Smail NF, Almoosawi S, Davidson I, Al-Dujaili EA. Intake of polyphenol-rich pomegranate pure juice influences urinary glucocorticoids, blood pressure and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance in human volunteers. J Nutr Sci.1:e9.
- Sohrab G, Nasrollahzadeh J, Zand H, Amiri Z, Tohidi M, Kimiagar M. Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on inflammatory markers in patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Res Med Sci. Mar;19(3):215-220.
- Raafat K, Samy W. Amelioration of Diabetes and Painful Diabetic Neuropathy by Punica granatum L. Extract and Its Spray Dried Biopolymeric Dispersions. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.2014:180495.
- Napoli R, Cozzolino D, Guardasole V, et al. Red wine consumption improves insulin resistance but not endothelial function in type 2 diabetic patients. Metabolism. Mar 2005;54(3):306-313.
- Marfella R, Cacciapuoti F, Siniscalchi M, et al. Effect of moderate red wine intake on cardiac prognosis after recent acute myocardial infarction of subjects with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabet Med. Sep 2006;23(9):974-981.
- Banini AE, Boyd LC, Allen JC, Allen HG, Sauls DL. Muscadine grape products intake, diet and blood constituents of non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic subjects. Nutrition. Nov-Dec 2006;22(11-12):1137-1145.
- Shai I, Wainstein J, Harman-Boehm I, et al. Glycemic effects of moderate alcohol intake among patients with type 2 diabetes: a multicenter, randomized, clinical intervention trial. Diabetes Care. Dec 2007;30(12):3011-3016.
- Nakamura T, Fujiwara N, Sugaya T, Ueda Y, Koide H. Effect of red wine on urinary protein, 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, and liver-type fatty acid-binding protein excretion in patients with diabetic nephropathy. Metabolism. Aug 2009;58(8):1185-1190.
- Trimarco V, Izzo R, Stabile E, et al. Effects of a New Combination of Nutraceuticals with Morus alba on Lipid Profile, Insulin Sensitivity and Endotelial Function in Dyslipidemic Subjects. A Cross-Over, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial. High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev. Apr 14.
- Klein GA, Stefanuto A, Boaventura BC, et al. Mate tea (Ilex paraguariensis) improves glycemic and lipid profiles of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes individuals: a pilot study. J Am Coll Nutr. Oct;30(5):320-332.
- Yongchaiyudha S, Rungpitarangsi V, Bunyapraphatsara N, Chokechaijaroenporn O. Antidiabetic activity of Aloe vera L. juice. I. Clinical trial in new cases of diabetes mellitus. Phytomedicine. Nov 1996;3(3):241-243.
- Bunyapraphatsara N, Yongchaiyudha S, Rungpitarangsi V, Chokechaijaroenporn O. Antidiabetic activity of Aloe vera L. juice II. Clinical trial in diabetes mellitus patients in combination with glibenclamide. Phytomedicine. Nov 1996;3(3):245-248.
- Shrime MG, Bauer SR, McDonald AC, Chowdhury NH, Coltart CE, Ding EL. Flavonoid-rich cocoa consumption affects multiple cardiovascular risk factors in a meta-analysis of short-term studies. J Nutr. Nov;141(11):1982-1988.
- Kassaian N, Azadbakht L, Forghani B, Amini M. Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and lipid profiles in type 2 diabetic patients. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. Jan 2009;79(1):34-39.
- Patel SS, Goyal RK. Prevention of diabetes-induced myocardial dysfunction in rats using the juice of the Emblica officinalis fruit. Exp Clin Cardiol. Fall;16(3):87-91.
- Akash MS, Rehman K, Chen S. Spice plant Allium cepa: dietary supplement for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrition. Oct;30(10):1128-1137.
- Utsunomiya H, Yamakawa T, Kamei J, Kadonosono K, Tanaka S. Anti-hyperglycemic effects of plum in a rat model of obesity and type 2 diabetes, Wistar fatty rat. Biomed Res. Oct 2005;26(5):193-200.
- Noratto G, Martino HS, Simbo S, Byrne D, Mertens-Talcott SU. Consumption of polyphenol-rich peach and plum juice prevents risk factors for obesity-related metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease in Zucker rats. J Nutr Biochem. Jun;26(6):633-641.
- Tsitsimpikou C, Tsarouhas K, Kioukia-Fougia N, et al. Dietary supplementation with tomato-juice in patients with metabolic syndrome: a suggestion to alleviate detrimental clinical factors. Food Chem Toxicol. Dec;74:9-13.