Green Tea for Your Bone Health

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Thursday, Jan 28, 2021 - 8:37pm

Skelly and I love a good cup of green tea for it’s flavor and for bone health.  Just taking a break and brewing a mug is a great way for me to slow down and de-stress. I look at my tea break as a mindfulness practice. I sip it peacefully and deliberately.  I feel the warmth of the cup as I embrace those precious moments of just being present and still.

But these tea breaks aren’t just for me.  One very special tea also makes my Skelly stronger.  I’m talking about green tea.

Green Tea Good for Bones
Irma and Skelly taking a break from the noise of life.

You’ve probably already heard about the health benefits of green tea.  Studies show it protects your brain, reduces the risk for certain cancers, lowers the risk of diabetes, and improves mood. All of those benefits are thanks to compounds in tea called polyphenols and catechins.  

Promising Research

Now promising new research is looking at green tea’s effect on bone mineral density and fracture risk.  

In 2011 researchers looked at a large number of animal studies and one human study of postmenopausal women (1).  They found positive connections between green tea compounds and 

In another meta-analysis in 2017 (2), researchers noted that dozens of studies support the link between green tea compounds and a decreased risk of osteoporosis.  They also found fewer hip fractures in men, increased bone density in obese patients, and much more.

Just last year a mouse cell study showed that green tea helped inhibit bone breakdown (3).  

What does this mean for your bones? 

Studies recommend enjoying up to 3 or 4 cups of green tea a day to get the bone effects as well as the other proven health benefits.  I drink 12 ounces (a mug size). I cup = 8 ounces.

Consider making your tea break a mindful practice.  It will help you reduce stress and that protects your bones, too.  

When brewing green tea, choose a good quality loose tea if you can. Tea bags are a 20th century invention.  That’s not the way tea was meant to be enjoyed. I would also skip the tea ball. Tea leaves are most happy and willing to give off their flavors and nutrients when left to move about freely in the pot. 

Rishi makes a lovely organic green tea.

Don’t worry too much about the caffeine.  Green tea — even when brewed at its strongest – contains only 1/3 of the caffeine found in coffee. You can reduce the caffeine content further if you brew the tea leaves for a few seconds, pour off some water, then brew the same tea leaves again. 

Further, because green tea actually leans towards alkalinity (4), acidity will not be a concern at all.

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From my loving bones to yours,

Irma Jennings, Holistic Bone Coach

References:

(1) Green Tea and Bone Health: Evidence from Laboratory Studies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3123403/?report=classic

(2) Association between tea consumption and osteoporosis: A meta-analysis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5728912/?report=classic

(3) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753332219323893

(4) https://www.drrusselljaffe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/dr.-russell-jaffe-alkaline-chart.png


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8 comments

  1. I would love to know how White tea compares to the data. It is a subtle flavour against the bitterness of green tea

    Comment by Maria on January 29, 2021 at 6:14 am
  2. Hi Maria. The research is on green tea so I don’t know the comparative qualities of White Tea. I understand the bitterness. Have you tried brewing it once and then re-brewing it to reduce the bitter taste? I do enjoy White Tea.

    Comment by Irma Jennings on January 29, 2021 at 8:29 pm
  3. What an informative post Irma! I love your suggestion of making your tea break a mindfulness practice as well. Whenever I can I like to stack my life….such a fabulous opportunity to do so. Two practices for our bones! I love it.

    Comment by SARAH PURCELL on January 29, 2021 at 6:54 am
  4. Thank you, Sarah, for your kind words.

    Comment by Irma Jennings on January 29, 2021 at 8:27 pm
  5. This post is so helpful as I replaced my morning cup of coffee with a cup of green tea today. From your article I feel I made a good decision. Thank you Irma!

    Comment by Maureen on January 29, 2021 at 9:32 am
  6. thank you, Maureen!

    Comment by Irma Jennings on January 29, 2021 at 8:26 pm
  7. Not all green teas are created equal can you name some brands that are the best to try. I have known the value of green tea for awhile but did not consider that loose leaf is the best.

    Comment by Sandra Ferguson on January 29, 2021 at 4:38 pm
  8. Comment by Irma Jennings on January 29, 2021 at 8:26 pm