An Israeli company plans to introduce a herbal tea to the UK this year which it claims can substantially reduce the blood sugar levels of diabetics.
Glucodan tea, which was developed by Nufar Natural Products, is a natural mixture of medicinal herbs for reducing and balancing sugar levels in the blood. The tea reduces sugar and breaks down carbohydrates and fats, which rise to dangerous levels in diabetics after they eat a meal.
The company claims the tea, which contains herbs including stevia, gymnema sylvestris, salvia fruticosa, olive leaves, eucalyptus, and lemon grass rehabilitates and activates the pancreas
causing it to secrete insulin, a hormone which helps the cells absorb glucose from the bloodstream and use it to produce energy, thereby reducing sugar levels in the blood. In addition, says Israel
Solodoch, the founder and CEO of Nufar, the tea helps diabetics absorb the insulin into their bodies.
"Drinking Glucodan tea decreases the body's resistance to insulin," he explains. "The cells get re-influenced by the insulin, absorb the sugar, disassemble it and as a result stabilize the levels of sugar in the blood."
There are currently two million people suffering diabetes in the UK, and it is estimated that well over a million more have the condition without being aware of it.
Nufar, which began selling Glucodan tea in Israel three years ago, has carried out successful clinical trials on the herbal tea. Patients who have used the tea, drinking between two to three cups
a day, claim that their blood sugar levels have fallen dramatically.
Nufar has developed eight herbal teas to treat a variety of medical problems, ranging from high cholesterol to hypertension, heart disease, asthma, urinary infections and obesity. All the herbal brews contain natural ingredients, many of which grow in the hilly region of the Galilee. The products contain no industrial extracts, preservatives or colourings.
One of the things that makes these medical brews unique, according to Solodoch, is that they contain cranberry and stevia – a plant that is 300 times sweeter than sugar but is not ingested in the body. This makes them naturally sweet and tasty, without the need for any additional sugar or artificial sweeteners. "These are not capsules or food additives, or liquids that you force down with added sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them palatable," says Solodoch.
"People enjoy the taste of the tea and at the same time treat themselves for whatever condition they are suffering from."
Solodoch also plans to introduce two other herbal brews to the UK market in the near future, Cholesteren, a tea developed to lower cholesterol, and Pressure, which is designed to reduce high blood pressure. The remedies will be sold at health food shops and pharmacies throughout the UK.
Reproduced with permission: Bicom