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President's prescription: green tea

In the south, we love our sweet tea, but in many cultures tea is consumed at social events, like afternoon tea and even at tea parties. This week Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President Dr. Tedd Mitchell tells us green tea could help your bone health.

Tea is the second most consumed beverage after water. Researchers are looking to how this cup of green tea could help postmenopausal women fight osteoporosis.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that about 10 million Americans have osteoporosis with another 34 million at risk for the disease.

Osteoporosis means bones have lost density or mass. As your bones become less dense, they become weaker. Throughout life, a person is constantly breaking down old bone and replacing it with new bone. Osteoporosis is a major health issue in postmenopausal women.

Menopause can cause damage to your bones. During menopause, estrogen levels in your body drop and estrogen plays an important role in bone health. Unless the estrogen you lose is being replaced, your bones can become thin and brittle."

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Researcher Dr. Leslie Shen is working with a National Institutes of Health study to find what benefits green tea may have for these women.

Evidence has shown an association between green tea consumption and the prevention of bone loss in the elderly. Ingestion of green tea and green tea bioactive compounds may be beneficial in reducing bone loss in postmenopausal women and decreasing the risk of osteoporotic fractures. We assume that green tea at an optimal dose would favor bone formation and slow down destruction of the bone.

The long-term goal of the study is to develop complementary and alternative medicine interventions including dietary supplements such as green tea polyphenols for bone health.


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