Drinking Just One Cup of This Beverage Daily Helps Ensure Your Bones and Brain Stay Strong as You Age
Well + Good discusses the benefits of drinking tea for bone health according to experts including Sue Xiao Yu, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, clinical nutritionist at HSS.
According to Yu, “The major bone benefits of drinking tea are due to its powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, catechins, and flavonoids.”
She explained, “The potent polyphenols found in tea have shown to help increase bone mineralization, delay bone mineral density reduction, and increase the levels of vitamin D in your body." (And vitamin D deficiency is pretty common, so that last one is extra important for many of us.)
“Catechins also help to protect bone building cells in the body, while flavonoids have estrogen-like properties that help to prevent bone loss,” Yu added.
She noted, “Black, green, and oolong teas are also recommend because they are the most commonly consumed in the world.”
“There are many other nutrients that are just as important for bone health. These include calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin K, just to name a few,” Yu recommended. “It is vital that you allow follow a well-balanced diet that incorporates a variety of different foods and food groups to get adequate nutrients to support bone health.”
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