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Green Tea Can Increase Calcium and Strengthen Bones


Drinking Tea Everyday Can Strengthen Your Bones and Osteoporosis

Bone loss as people age is a normal process of aging. However, osteoporosis can debilitate older individuals leaving them disabled and unable to function. Older people are at a higher risk of falling and causing a fracture to happen because that person's bones are weak from the osteoporosis. Symptoms of osteoporosis are leg and foot cramps, a loss of height due to disk loss, and pain that can be felt in the low back, hip, and wrist. Recently, researchers have found that drinking black and green teas everyday can lead to a lesser risk of fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Not only does tea (black or green) deliver essential nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants, it may lower your risk of hip fractures and other bone issues such as osteoporosis as well. Most of us have known that black tea and green tea have many health benefits such as lowering risks to cancer, lowering blood pressure, increasing mental awareness, and reducing kidney stones. "By the year 2020, when 40 million American women will be over the age of 65, between 18 and 33 percent of them will suffer from a hip fracture by the time they reach the age of 90. Of those who sustain hip fractures, 12–20 percent will die of related complications," (http://www.drnorthrup.com/womenshealth/healthcenter/topic_details.php?topic_id=60)

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation website osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan. It is expected that every 1 in 3 women will get this bone disease in their life and experience osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporosis isn't just a disease that affects women, but men as well. Men over the age of 50 are at risk of experiencing a hip fracture which is similar to the prevalence rate of prostate cancer (http://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statistics#category-14).

In a study conducted by Osteoporosis International researchers found that participants who drank 1-4 cups of black or green tea per day decreased their risk of hip fracture by 37 percent. Green and black tea's leaves contain polyphenols that can ease cellular inflammation that can degenerate bone tissue. In a similar study conducted by Mediterranean Osteoporosis found that both men and women over the age of 50 who drank tea every day did reduce their risk of osteoporosis by 30 percent.

Additionally, researchers have been finding that green tea promotes bone remodeling within three months of consumption and reduced oxidative stress damage. Drinking tea can slow the process of bone loss and also build up bone and delay the onset of osteoporosis (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/19/drinking-tea-may-help-prevent-chronic-illnesses/57808190/1).

Although, drinking tea is only one thing to do to prevent osteoporosis and fractures from occurring it is an easy task to do daily, and the cost is minimal as opposed to treatment later in life for osteoporosis. There is a long list of daily regimes that need to be followed in order to help prevent or stop osteoporosis including eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, and taking supplements of calcium and vitamin D. Now adding tea to your diet can help prevent osteoporosis in the future.