Safflower Tea May Help Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis
A study from Catholic University in Korea indicates that safflower tea may help improve bone health and perhaps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The research was published in the February 2011 edition of Nutrition Research and Practice.
Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass through the thinning of bone tissue and loss of density. It occurs over time and seems to be linked to low levels of vitamin D, low calcium levels, and inadequate exercise. Osteoporosis leads to thousands of hip and spinal injuries in the United States every year, particularly in postmenopausal women.
40 postmenopausal women between the ages of 49 and 64 years old were recruited for the study, and randomly placed into two groups. One group was given a safflower tea supplement and the other was given a placebo over a period of 6 months.
At the end of the study, the placebo group showed significant loss of bone density, but the safflower tea supplement group did not. The safflower tea group also showed increases in plasma genistein and enterolactone, both of which have been associated with a reduced risk of osteoporosis.
Because osteoporosis occurs over the course of one's life, it is important to focus on reducing the risk of the disease. In addition to drinking safflower tea, good nutrition, weight-bearing exercise, stress reduction, and adequate levels of vitamin D have been shown to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.