As a woman, one of the health concerns that is always looming in the back of my head is osteoporosis – the development of weaker and brittle bones as a part of the ageing process.
It’s estimated that 20 per cent of Caucasian women age 50 and older suffer with have osteoporosis and more than half of all Caucasian women in the same age group are estimated to have low bone mass – meaning their bones are getting weaker but they don’t yet have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis of weakening bones is a concern for me, firstly because it mostly affects women and secondly I can’t imagine what it must feel like every time you walk out your front door being afraid of breaking a bone… because even small hazards can become big risks for a fall… a patch of uneven pavement… an unexpected stair… or a rain-slick patio.
Fortunately, it looks like there is a simple and delicious way that you can help protect your bones and increase your bone mineral density (BMD). And if you live in Britain, you don’t have to do much to incorporate this bone-protector into your life.
I’m talking about Britain’s favourite drink: tea.
According to a new study, you can step outside with renewed confidence – because there’s a natural way to without the harsh side effects of drugs.
In the first study looking into the topic, researchers looked at the link between tea drinking and BMD. The researchers evaluated the date of 16 studies, involving a total of nearly 140,000 participants, and found that drinking tea can increase your BMD and potentially reduce your risk of breaking a bone.
Apart from improved bone density, the researchers also promising results in the fracture department, because it seems like tea drinkers can cut their risk of a broken bone by 23 per cent.
Previous research have also shown that drinking at least three cups of tea each day can slash your risk of bone fractures by a third.
The best kind of tea to drink is green tea, which is loaded with polyphenols – a type of plant nutrient – that may give tea its bone-strengthening power. Oolong tea is also rich in polyphenol content, but black tea has the least of these powerful compounds.
Other natural ways to strengthen your bones include consuming calcium-rich foods like dairy products, fish, broccoli, leafy greens, and almonds.
Remember calcium needs magnesium and vitamins D and K to boost its performance especially when it comes to protecting your bones.
And finally, keep moving because regular exercise fights osteoporosis, too.
To a healthier life,