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Tea's benefits extend to old bones, Japanese researchers claim - AFP

Please note: This is an opinion piece and not intended as health advice. Some people cannot have tea, and in fact, it is harmful to them. We happen to love and enjoy it, so are grateful if there are healthy benefits included in addition to thirst-quenching, refreshing attributes. But be sure to check with your physician before you make any changes in lifestyle/diet...to be sure that they are right for you.



Researchers in Japan say black tea could help treat osteoporosis, a bone condition affecting older people, but admit you need to drink an awful lot of it.

Scientists say the humble brew contains an antioxidant that can prevent the loss of bone density commonly seen in old age that makes the elderly more vulnerable to fractures.

The news is the latest claim for a drink that is a staple of countries around the world, and one over which never-ending arguments rage about how to brew the perfect cup.

Researchers led by Keizo Nishikawa of Osaka University found that theaflavin-3 (TF-3), the antioxidant, works by inhibiting the function of an enzyme called DNA methyltransferase, which destroys bone tissue.

The research, published in the online edition of the US journal Nature Medicine on Monday, found that mice suffering from osteoporosis who were given TF-3 showed recovering levels of bone volume, similar to those of healthy mice. ...more



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