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Starting Tea Consumption Earlier in Life May Help Increase Bone Density As You Age

Estrogen, a hormone in women that protects bones, decreases sharply when women reach menopause, which can cause bone mineral density loss. According to a new study, drinking tea before menopause may help increase bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.

Participants in the study included 1,377 postmenopausal women under the age of 80 who took part in the Lennix Cohort Study. They were classified as non-tea drinking, tea drinking starting after menopause, and tea drinking before menopause. Those in the tea drinking groups were further classified based on tea drinking frequency. Bone mineral density was evaluated for all participants.

Participants who began drinking tea before menopause had significantly higher total and regional bone mineral density compared to those who did not consume tea or who began consuming tea after menopause. Participants who consumed tea 4 times or more per week prior to menopause had the highest levels of spine bone mineral density. No benefit was seen for women who began drinking tea after the onset of menopause.

The study was conducted by researchers from Zhejiang University,.It was published on January 29, 2021 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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