Tea Osteoporosis Osteopenia - what is the connection? Consuming
caffeinated beverages has long been listed as a risk for bone loss. But recent research questions whether this
connection always exists.Might there be an exception for tea?
Could it be that tea drinking prevents Osteoporosis?
Here are some intriguing reports about caffeine bones and tea:
Some researchers think that it is polyphenols that are responsible for the better bone density among older tea drinking women. If this is the case, then many herb teas would not offer the same results because many do not contain any polyphenols so there would be no tea Osteoporosis Osteopenia connection with herbal teas.
Then, too, are other studies that conclude that the effect of tea on bone mineral density is so small that it does not significantly affect the risk of fractures. To read one of these tea osteoporosis osteopenia study click on "Habitual Tea Consumption and Risk of Osteoporosis: A Prospective Study in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Cohort" by Z. Chen1 , M. B. Pettinger2, C. Ritenbaugh3, A. Z. LaCroix2, J. Robbins4, B. J. Caan5, D. H. Barad6 and I. A. Hakim1.)
The Linus Pauling Institute offers some studies related to Tea Osteoporosis Osteopenia. The institute reports that "two large prospective cohort studies of U.S. women found no relationship between tea consumption and the risk of hip or wrist fracture over 4-6 years of follow up".
Other recent studies found that higher tea intakes were associated with slightly higher BMD in post menopausal women, but this finding did not translate into a lower risk of hip or wrist fracture (44). Further study is required to determine whether tea consumption affects the development of osteoporosis or the risk of osteoporotic fracture in a meaningful way."
So as you can see the research about tea osteoporosis, osteopenia is mixed. Still some men and women concerned about osteoporosis are substituting 'tea breaks' as relaxing stress relievers instead of coffee breaks. ( As you know coffee when taken at a typical coffee bar, often contains caffeine equivalent to that found in 3 - 4 regular cups.)
Go the the main discussion of caffeine bones for more about Tea Osteoporosis Osteopenia or read about some specific Osteopenia Treatments
End of discussion: Tea Osteoporosis, Osteopenia
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