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Tea and Bone Density

I am always up for a cup of tea. I like all colors and varieties. Herbal, green, black, rooibos, iced, hot, with lemon, with cream — I am game for any and all.

I just learned of another reason to take time out for tea: It may slow the loss of bone density. A new five-year study measured the bone density of 275 women at the beginning and end of the study. They found that women who regularly drank black and green tea had higher bone densities. The results did factor in the use of calcium supplements and smoking history.

Researchers believe that it's the estrogen-like properties found in the phytochemcial called flavanoids, which are abundant in tea, that are protecting bones against thinning.

While the study focused on elderly women in their 70s and 80s, I think it is never to young to start a healthful habit. So put on the kettle and have a cup of tea.

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behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 8 years
awesome! I LOVE tea!!!
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 8 years
awesome! I LOVE tea!!!
purplebaltogirl purplebaltogirl 8 years
i've been hearing all these good things about tea lately, and my question is do these studies review both decaf and caffeinated teas? i am drinking decaf versions of black tea and also herbal teas now that i am pregnant. hopefully the health benefits are still there...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm drinking tea right now to get over a sore throat. I'm glad there is just one more health benefit to add from having some!
suzanne suzanne 8 years
I'm battling osteopenia... I can do tea :) Perfect!!! Whatever helps.
suzanne suzanne 8 years
I'm battling osteopenia... I can do tea :) Perfect!!! Whatever helps.
verily verily 8 years
That's awesome! I already drink a ton of tea. So, let's see...antioxidants, lower bone density loss, caffeine... score!
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 8 years
Green, white, red, herbal, I love it all!!! Even if it's not confirmed yet, the possibility of decrease of bone density loss sounds good to me.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
If only I liked tea...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
If only I liked tea...
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
yea i love oolong & lipton! yummy
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I'm an addict too, and I got my boyfriend hooked as well. I use to drink TONS of coffee but it upset my tummy way too much so I gave tea a chance and now I will choose it over coffee anyday!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I'm an addict too, and I got my boyfriend hooked as well.I use to drink TONS of coffee but it upset my tummy way too much so I gave tea a chance and now I will choose it over coffee anyday!
melda melda 8 years
i drink tea so much i am addicted to it i dont know if it is still a good habit
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