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Black tea, long known for its antioxidants, immune boosting and antihypertensive properties, could have another health benefit.
Researchers studied the polysaccharide levels of green, oolong and black teas and whether they could be used to treat diabetes.
The researchers found that of the three teas, the polysaccharides in black tea had the most glucose-inhibiting properties. The black tea polysaccharides also showed the highest scavenging effect on free radicals, which are involved in the onset of diseases such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.