Drinking chamomile tea daily with meals may help prevent the complications of diabetes. These complications can include loss of vision, nerve damage, and kidney damage.
Chamomile, also known as manzanilla, has been used for years as a medicinal cure-all to treat a variety of medical problems including stress, colds, and menstrual cramps. Scientists recently proposed that the herbal tea might also be beneficial for fighting diabetes.
Researchers fed chamomile extract to a group of diabetic rats for 21 days and compared the results to a group of animals on a normal diet. The chamomile-supplemented animals showed a significant decrease in blood glucose levels compared with the controls. Chamomile extract was also found to inhibit ALR2 enzymes and sorbitol, which are associated with increased diabetic complications.