These findings may result in introduction of a new chamomile-based drug for patients with Type 2 diabetes, which is found to be spreading worldwide.
Chamomile (Manzanilla), has been long used to cure several medical problems, including colds, stress, and menstrual cramps. Scientists had recently suggested that the herbal tea may also prove beneficial in fighting diabetes, although this theory is yet to be scientifically proven.
In this particularly study, Atsushi Kato, together with colleagues, fed diabetic rats with chamomile extracts for 21 days and compared the results with a group of control animals on normal diet. The animals which received chamomile supplement, showed considerable decrease in blood glucose levels, when compared to the controls.
The extract also showed significant inhibition property of both ALR2 enzymes and Sorbitol, which when found in high levels increases diabetic complications.
The study appeared in the September issue of ACS Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.