Saturday, September 19, 2009

Drinking tea strengthens bones

Drinking tea not only refreshes your mind but also this ancient drink has beneficial effects on bones, a new study has disclosed.

The Australian study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed tea may help preserve the hip structure in elderly women.

The findings showed that bone mineral density is 2.8% higher in tea drinkers. In addition, during a 4-year period the tea drinkers lost an average of 1.6% of total hip density compared to 4.0% in non-tea drinkers.

Previous studies had also shown that drinking tea was associated with a higher bone mineral density and a reduced risk of hip fracture. Bone mineral density is the second most important risk factor for hip fractures apart from aging.

Lifestyle factors, including dietary intake of calcium, protein, and sodium, affect bone density and the risk for hip fractures.