Bone Health Improved With Tai Chi And Green Tea

A new study suggests drinking green tea and practicing Tai chi may promote bone health of postmenopausal women and reduce the risk of inflammation. The study was focused strictly on postmenopausal women. Researchers from the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center investigated the ability of green tea to work along with Tai chi to enhance bone strength.

Tai chi, derived from Tai chi chuan, is a traditional internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits. The three main aspects of tai chi are health, meditation, and martial arts. Tai chi is just as much a mind exercise as it is a body exercise. Its slow gentle movements build strength and flexibility. Extreme relaxation and a deep breathing pattern help move “qi” vital energy through to body. This is when the healing takes place.

Green tea consumption has it legendary origins in China more than 4,000 years ago. The tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis. There has been a large variety of studies conducted on green tea. There are also a lot of claims that have been left unproven. The United States Food And Drug Administration has only approved green tea for 1 product on the Prescription Drug Product List.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has released the bone health of postmenopausal women study finding at EurekAlert.org. It includes all of the particulars on the case study. There is already talk of further studies along the same lines in the near future.

Updated: April 11, 2011 — 5:15 am

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