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Green Tea & Diabetes: potential mechanism for Glucose lowering effects

November 15, 2011

It is suggested that drinking green tea regularly can reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes mellitus according to recent research.

Tea contains flavan-3-ols, like epigallocatechin gallate; however, the mechanisms of action are still subject of extensive research.

A review by Révész et al, suggests evidence for the biologic actions of tea flavan-3-ols on specific Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) targets.

Results suggest that Epigallocatechin gallate inhibits glucose transport across the ER membrane reducing glucose production.  These mechanisms likely contribute to the chemopreventive and glucose-lowering effects of tea catechins.

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