Strong & Healthy Bones – with Green Tea!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Worried about osteoporosis? Bone density? If so, consider a good cuppa—green tea, that is!
Certain chemicals in green tea can improve bone health—great news for those prone to osteoporosis or worried about their bone density.
Epigallocatechin (EGC) is the chemical in green tea responsible for the majority of improvement shown in bone metabolism. EGC increases the formation of new bone while simultaneously slowing down its breakdown; it also improves bone mineralization, meaning that bones become stronger due to increased density.
So what’s the best type of green tea for bone health? (and its many other health benefits)
Matcha! Matcha is the powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies (and now widely available in supermarkets and healthfood stores). It has a higher EGC content than bags or loose-leaf brewed green tea. Matcha, more specifically its EGC-content, is an exceptionally powerful antioxidant whose health benefits extend beyond bone health: it’s been shown to help improve immunity and reduce heart disease.
Some people even swear by it for weight loss!
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