Green tea Osteopenia, Osteoporosis prevention and treatment.

 Green tea Osteopenia. This teach has long been popular drink China. This tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. It has been associated with many health benefits - mostly because of EGCG , a powerful anti-oxidant in the tea.    know it:

  • kills cancer cells
  • helps rheumatoid arthritis
  • reduces high cholesterol
  • is useful for those with cardiovascular disease
  • and now it has been shown in improve bone density

Scientific studies: green tea and bone loss

In 2008 the Journal Osteoporosis International published an article  "Protective effect of green tea polyphenols on bone loss in middle-aged female rats." (Rats are often used in Osteopenia, Osteoporosis studies when a study requires post mortem evaluation of bone density.

SUMMARY of this Green Tea Osteopenia, Osteoporosis study: "Recent studies have suggested that green tea polyphenols (GTP) are promising agents for preventing bone loss in women. Findings that GTP supplementation resulted in increased urinary GTP concentrations and bone mass via an increase of antioxidant capacity and/or a decrease of oxidative stress damage suggest a significant role of GTP in bone health of women.

After this research showed promise, there was a study of post-menopausal women.

In 2012 a study was published in which Postmenopausal women with osteopenia received green tea polyphenols (GTP) supplement and/or Tai Chi exercise for 6 months.

The study showed that GTP supplementation and Tai Chi exercise increased bone formation biomarkers and improved bone turnover rate. Tai Chi exercise increased serum parathyroid hormone. GTP supplementation, Tai Chi exercise, and the combination of the two all improved muscle strength in postmenopausal women with osteopenia.

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In 2013 a second study, Tea and bone health: steps forward in translational nutrition was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The authors Cl Shen, MC Chyu and JS Wang state in part:

" Cross-sectional and retrospective evidence indicates that tea consumption may be a promising approach in mitigating bone loss and in reducing risk of osteoporotic fractures among older adults. Tea polyphenols enhance osteoblastogenesis and suppress osteoclastogenesis in vitro. Animal studies reveal that intake of tea polyphenols have pronounced positive effects on bone as shown by higher bone mass and trabecular bone volume, number, and thickness and lower trabecular separation via increasing bone formation and inhibition of bone resorption, resulting in greater bone strength."

Special cautions about using Green tea to reverse bone loss

If you are drinking or planning to drink Green tea for any health reason, including improving your bone density, do be sure to buy ORGANIC GREEN TEA. 

This is very important.  Recent studies have shown that tea cultivation has become a heavy user of pesticides. And there is no way of knowing how much pesticide has been used by the farmer whose tea you are drinking. If you drink this tea for health reasons, do spend a few cents more and buy Organic green tea. Please.

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