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|Sarah McGowan-Freije, NatureCity author & contributor|
Green tea is enjoyed by more people worldwide than any other beverage, and a recent study suggests that drinking green tea could help reduce your risk of “age related functional disability.” Age related functional disability describes the difficulty that some people have completing daily activities, ranging from doing housework to simpler tasks such as bathing.
The study was conducted by Japanese researchers at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine and was published on January 25, 2012, in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Participants included 13,988 Japanese individuals over the age of 65. For three years the researchers examined their green tea drinking habits and placed the participants in five groups: those who never drank green tea, those who occasionally drank green tea, those who drank 1-2 cups per day, 3-4 cups per day, or more than 5 cups per day.
They found that the participants who drank at least 5 cups daily were associated with the lowest levels of functional disability, with only 7.1% suffering from this affliction. In comparison, 8% of the participants who drank 3-4 cups, 11% who drank 1-2 cups, and 13.3% who drank less than one cup daily were functionally disabled.
This study adds to an already impressive body of science backing the various health benefits of green tea. These benefits are usually attributed to the high level of powerful antioxidants found in green tea called polyphenols, which have been shown to promote weight loss, improve heart health, aid in digestion and decrease the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
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