Researchers at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania have identified a potentially valuable connection between the consumption of blueberry tea and diabetes.
Diabetes is a significant problem in countries across the world. More than 1.5 million people in Australia suffer from the disease and one-fifth of Tasmania’s population is at risk for or has already developed the condition. Treatment options that do not rely on injections of insulin are of interest to patients and doctors alike.
A senior research fellow at the Menzies Institute, Michelle Keske, has been interested in a combination of blueberries and their leaves, spearmint leaves, cinnamon and raspberry that has had some anecdotal successes. Early trials have resulted in some boosting of insulin in the body that has resulted in lowered glucose numbers in the blood stream.
Later this year, Keske will launch new studies with humans. She hopes to see if it is the combination of these fruits and spices that cause the result or a single component. She believes some of the impact is due to the polyphenols and flavonoids in blueberries.