Experts from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, the Royal Perth Hospital and the Flinders University of South Australia in Adelaide have recently conducted a study about the medical benefits of tea. They had an idea that tea might actually help elderly women to improve bone density and they wanted to see if increased tea drinking led to fewer fractures.
Studying close to 1200 women in their seventies over a ten year period, they asked each woman how much tea she regularly drinks and then watched their fracture rate. Women who drank three or more cups of tea every day were 30% less likely to suffer a break than those who drank less than one cup of tea a week.
The concluded that each cup of tea a woman drank each day cut the risk of a fracture by about 9%. As researcher Dr. Jonathan Hodgson explained, |There is increasing interest in the role of dietary factors in osteoporosis and fracture prevention. There is evidence that foods rich in flavonoids – such as fruits, vegetables and tea – may also be related to bone loss and fracture outcomes. Flavonoids are a large class of phytochemicals widely distributed in plant foods. And tea is the main source in many populations.”
He continued, “We have shown that a higher intake of black tea and flavonoids was associated with lower risk of fracture in elderly women. Our results support the hypothesis that tea and its flavonoids may be protective.”
He explained that more research is needed before anyone can conclude that these dietary recommendations would influence osteoporosis, but the findings are definitely interesting. The research was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.