tea increases bone mineral density and prevents osteoporosis

Osteoporosis continues to be the single most common bone disease, reaching epidemic proportions, especially among women. Could something as simple as sipping tea be the answer?

Maybe. This meta-analysis may be the first to specifically look at drinking tea and the risk of osteoporosis. It included 16 observational studies. It left out controlled studies because they measured outcomes differently. Seven of the studies looked at bone mineral density (BMD) and nine looked at osteoporotic fracture. All the studies were of good quality.

The seven studies that looked at BMD found that drinking tea significantly increases BMD compared to people who do not drink tea. This finding is important.

A meta-analysis of the nine studies that looked at broken bones found no association with tea drinking. But, when two studies with different designs were left out, the risk of breaking a bone plummeted by a significant 23% with tea drinking.

This study shows that drinking tea may significantly strengthen bones and may protect against osteoporotic fractures.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if controlled studies were included. It would be even more interesting to see what would happen if they included only the very healthy green tea.

Nutr Res 2017;42:1-10

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