Teatime helps fight bone loss
You might think you know how to eat right to keep your bones strong.
You’ve been drinking milk because “it does a body good”… loading up on supplements…and choking down all that Greek yogurt…all because calcium is the name of the game when it comes to bone health.
But there’s something else you can enjoy, and there’s a good chance you already have it in your kitchen cabinet.
Because a new study out of Australia shows that drinking at least three cups of tea each day can slash your risk of devastating bone fractures by a third.
For years, scientists have suspected these antioxidant chemicals help to reduce the risk of major illnesses like cancer and heart disease.
For the study, researchers tracked the health of 1,200 women for ten years. Those who drank at least three cups of tea a day were almost a third less likely to break a bone than those who drank less than one cup of tea per week. Basically, for every cup of tea the women drank each day, they lowered their risk of a fracture by nearly 10 percent.
Now, the women in this study were, on average, 80 years old – but it’s never too early to make lifestyle changes to help keep your bones healthy. An estimated one in four women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease where the bones become brittle and fragile.
The study suggests that healthy plant chemicals found in tea leaves, called flavonoids, are a potent weapon against osteoporosis.
Flavonoids are found in all kinds of fruits and vegetables, help protect the plants from disease and provide the bright colors found in everyday fresh foods.
Tea, no doubt, is good for you. I enjoy an afternoon tea myself.
But the best way to fight osteoporosis is to combine a daily teatime with a combination of exercise and eating calcium-rich foods (not all at the same time, of course).
And for extra good measure, why not drink your tea like the Brits do – with a little milk?
Forget milk – tea could be secret to strong bones