Saturday, May 28, 2011

Drinking Green Tea + Tai Chi = Healthy Bones

Green tea has been proven to have many benefits for human health. Previous research has shown that people who frequently consume green tea tend to have a lower risk of several chronic degenerative diseases, such as heart disease and osteoporosis.

And, a recent study has shown that drinking green tea accompanied by practicing tai chi can improve bone health and reduce the risk of inflammation in menopausal women. The results of this study were presented at the Experimental Biology meeting on April 10 last.

Researchers Chwan-Li Shen, a professor and a researcher at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, focuses on menopausal women and examine the potential of green tea work synergistically with poorer tai chi can improve bone strength.

The study involved 171 postmenopausal women who have weak bones of osteoporosis but not fully, for six months. Then, she put these women into four groups. One group was given placebo medication and without tai chi, the latter given green tea pills and without tai chi, a third were given placebo pills and activities of tai chi three times a week, while the fourth group given green tea pills and tai chi.

Later, Shen collect blood and urine samples, as well as assess the muscle strength of these women. The results showed equivalent consume four to six cups of green tea and doing tai chi can improve bone health in three months. A similar effect was also found for muscle strength at 6-month time point.

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