For women over 75, drinking more tea just might mean less risk of bone fractures.
According to a study out of Australia, published just last month in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who drank 3 or more cups of black tea per day had a 30% lower risk of fracture compared to those who drank less than 1 cup per week. Scientists followed more than 1100 high-risk women over 10 years to come to this conclusion.
The researchers attribute this drastic difference in risk of hip and osteoporotic fractures due to the flavonoid content of tea (and diet in general). Flavonoids are important health-promoting compounds found in edible plants such as vegetables, tea, fruit, berries, and red wine. You can learn more about flavonoids here.
The more flavonoids you consume, the better overall it may be for your health and your bones.
Aim for 3 or more cups of tea per day, said the study. Perhaps it’s time for a cup of tea or a big bowl of veggies.
Leave a comment below and let us know how you get your daily dose of bone-protecting flavonoids.
(As a side note, it’s really encouraging to see a research study looking at tea other than green tea. In this case, go black tea!)