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A Comprehensive Review of Tea's Cultural Significance, Production Techniques, and Therapeutic Potential in the Field of Diabetes

22/5/24

By:

Saumya Dwivedi


 J Medi Ntri Vol 2 Issue 1Page 01-04

A Comprehensive Review of Tea's Cultural Significance, Production Techniques, and Therapeutic Potential in the Field of Diabetes


Saumya Dwivedi1, Sapna Sharma2, Kshitij Bhardwaj3


Abstract

Tea is an aromatic beverage made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It has been a part of many civilizations across the world and represents social rituals, hospitality, and tradition. It is made by combining Camellia sinensis leaves with hot water or milk. Tea is ingrained in many different cultural situations, from formal ceremonies to modern casual gatherings. With regional variations in preparation techniques, serving etiquette, and symbolic connotations that reflect the complex fabric of human heritage and traditions, it has great cultural value. In addition, a variety of complex manufacturing processes, including those related to planting, harvesting, processing, and brewing, are used to make tea.

Green, black, white, oolong, and herbal teas are among the varieties that go through various processing techniques, each of which imparts diverse flavors, fragrances, and constituents that are health-promoting. Tea's bioactive components—such as polyphenols, catechins, flavonoids, and alkaloids—make it a promising therapeutic agent when it comes to managing diabetes. Research indicates that tea drinking may have positive effects on insulin sensitivity, oxidative stress, and glucose metabolism, which may reduce the risk factors for diabetes mellitus. Tea may help people with diabetes or prediabetes improve their glycemic control, lipid profile, and cardiovascular health, according to epidemiological research and clinical trials. Tea's anti-diabetic effects can be attributed to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and insulin-sensitizing qualities, which provide a comprehensive strategy for managing and preventing diabetes.

This thorough analysis emphasizes the inherent relationship between tea's medicinal benefits in reducing the prevalence of common illnesses like hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the cultural legacy, production complexities, and other therapeutic benefits in reducing the world's diabetes burden. Accepting tea as a symbol of culture and a healing tool has the potential to improve international understanding, advance scientific research, and improve overall health.


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