The health benefits of yogi tea are being investigated by a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The researchers, from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, looked at the nutritional and health effects of yogis, which are rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and fiber.
They also looked at whether the tea, which is known to help with the digestion of various foods, may help people with type 2 diabetes, the leading cause of death in the US.
The researchers say they were able to identify the specific tea ingredient that was associated with improved metabolic health.
The researchers looked at more than 6,000 people with diabetes who were recruited through the Diabetes Prevention Program in Texas, which was created in the late 1980s to promote healthy eating and reduce the impact of diabetes on people’s lives.
The study is the first to look at the effect of a diet rich in nutrients on metabolic health in the general population, said the lead author, PhD student Jodi Cavanagh.
“We found that people who drank a diet high in nutrients were at a lower risk of dying from diabetes than people who consumed a diet low in nutrients,” she said.
“This finding is particularly relevant in light of the current obesity epidemic and the growing obesity pandemic, which has been linked to insulin resistance, insulin resistance and type 2 obesity.”
The study found that those who drank one serving of tea daily had a lower chance of dying of diabetes compared to those who ate less than two servings daily.
Dr Cavanag said the results were encouraging because, even with a low intake of nutrients, people could still benefit from consuming the tea.
“If you drink one serving daily, that could be a benefit for the entire person, and even more so for people who are at high risk for diabetes,” she told ABC News.
“The results suggest that it is not just the tea itself that can be beneficial.”
“The overall effect of drinking one serving every day was a significant benefit for those who consumed it, as it reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 22%,” Dr Cavanah said.
Researchers also found that the tea did not cause weight gain.
People who drank two servings of the tea a day had a reduced risk of obesity compared to people who only drank one.
“Overall, these findings indicate that consuming one serving per day can reduce the risk of diabetes, weight gain and related complications,” Dr Fadhel said.