Common vices for many of us are coffee and tea — basically anything that will get us pumping in the morning. However, our caffeine addictions may not be as bad for us as we thought. When it comes to tea, studies have indicated that certain brews may be able to help with stomach aches, speed up metabolism and even decrease the risk for certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. It turns out tea may also be good for our bones. A new study indicates that tea consumption may correlate with higher bone mineral density.
Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is the measure of calcium and various minerals in our bones. BMD is often used as an indicator for osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. This study looked at men and women of different ages from different countries to see if there was any correlation between regularly drinking tea and BMD. The study found the greatest potential benefit in postmenopausal women who drank tea on a daily basis. They found this population had a five percent higher BMD than non-tea drinkers.
You don’t have to sip much for this potential health perk. The study found no difference in participants who drank one to three cups a day vs. those who consumed four or more cups a day. Like any new study, more research needs to be done before a true connection between tea drinking and bone health can be made, but in the meantime, bottoms up!
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