Green Tea – Improves Your Bone Health, Too
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 14, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Already renowned for its potent antioxidant, weight loss, and blood sugar benefits, now bone density support can be added to the ever-growing list of health benefits of green tea. Already
Popular in Japan and China for thousands of years, green tea is rich in a group of plant compounds called catechins. In addition to being powerful antioxidants (40-200 times stronger than vitamins A, C, or E ), catechins are also associated with improvement in bone metabolism.
One particular catechin with this benefit is epigallocatechin (EGC). EGC has been shown to increase the formation of new bone (by osteoblasts), while simultaneously slowing down its breakdown (by osteoclasts). It also improves bone mineralization – the laying down of minerals into the bone matrix, making bones stronger due to increased density.
This is good news for anyone with osteoporosis concerns – and another reason to make sipping green tea a daily habit!
You can also enjoy its health-promoting benefits as a convenient and concentrated liquid extract from Natural Wellbeing
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan