Tea: Not everyone knows that drinking it regularly also helps prevent a serious health problem associated with menopause.
It improves mood, awakens metabolism, stimulates kidney functions, aids in digestion and reduces blood sugar levels: these are just some of the beneficial effects of tea. But not everyone knows that drinking it regularly also helps prevent a serious health problem associated with menopause.
A new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who started drinking tea before menopause had significantly higher bone mineral density after menopause than those who didn't drink tea before menopause.
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La bone mineral density o BMD (from the English Bone Mineral Density) is the quantity of mineral matter present per square centimeter of bone. It is mainly used to assess the degree of osteoporosis and the risk of pathological fractures (symptoms typical of menopause among other things), by means of an examination called bone densitometry.
Typically, menopause can cause a rapid decline in BMD. This, in turn, puts older women at risk for conditions such as osteoporosis, a debilitating bone disease. During the menopause, estrogen levels drop a lot.
A systematic review
The researchers looked at more than 1.300 women under the age of 80 and found that the link between high postmenopausal BMD and tea consumption was even more significant in women who drank more than four cups of tea per week.
This research supports an existing body of evidence that consuming any type of tea can help older women maintain BMD.
The findings indicate that pre-menopausal tea drinking correlates with higher BMD in postmenopausal Chinese women. The relationship is independent of concentration and the type of tea drinking.
Fonte: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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