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Cathy Wong, ND

Green Tea May Boost Bone Health

By October 7, 2009

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Sipping green tea may help you build strong bones, a new study suggests.

For the study, scientists treated a group of bone-forming cells (known as "osteoblasts") with three types of green tea extracts: epigallocatechin (EGC), gallocatechin, and gallocatechin gallate. In several days of treatment, EGC accelerated the activity of an enzyme known to stimulate bone growth. What's more, EGC inhibited the activity of osteoclasts (cells shown to weaken bones).

Keeping your bones strong as you age is important for preventing osteoporosis, a condition that affects one in six women and one in eight men over the age of fifty. Following a diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K - as well as getting regular exercise - can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

Not only promising as a natural bone-builder, green tea may help guard against stroke, gum disease, and some forms of cancer, according to previous studies.

Comments
October 8, 2009 at 4:27 am
(1) Jason Witt says:

Tea does many wonderful things for your health. It not only builds your bones strong like this, it also keeps you in good teeth. And fresh breath in a clean mouth. –Teaternity

October 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(2) naturallysroshti says:

tea helps my headaches, espacially afternoons.

November 1, 2009 at 9:54 am
(3) Jacqueline says:

For bone health, I have also been using ginger root tea as a way to alkalize my blood (another way to slow bone loss). After reading about green tea, I plan on adding a cup of it to my diet — thanks for the info. Here’s the blog where I got the idea for ginger tea (other suggestions there, if anyone is interested…) Wholesome, low calorie drinks that alkalize

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