Better Health in Old Age thanks to Green Tea

Posted on February 6, 2012

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Since the first, green tea has been known to provide many health benefits. This is because green tea contains antioxidants. A recent study in Japan said the older adults who drink green tea regularly may make them more nimble and independent.

Green tea contains specific antioxidants chemicals – especially a compound known as EGCG – that may help prevent cell damage in the body. Even some experts have also studied the effects of green tea in fighting cholesterol to the risk of certain cancers with mixed results.

For this new study, researchers from Japan to observe the extent of the effects of green tea consumption reduces the risk of weakness and physical disability in older adults. Research involving almost 14,000 adults age 65 and older. Results showed that participants who drank more green tea, are less likely to experience or suffer from “functional disability” during the next three years.

Functional disability in this case refers to the problems associated with a person’s ability to perform daily activities, such as doing household chores to basic needs such as clothes and toiletries.

Data show that nearly 13 percent of adults who drank less than a glass of green tea a day, at risk of functional problems. While those who drank at least five cups a day, have a lower risk, which amounted to 7 percent.

Researchers explained that green tea lovers generally have a healthy diet – the more the consumption of fish, vegetables and fruit – and have a better education, lower smoking habits. In addition, they also tend to be more socially active and a lot of support from friends and family.

Tomata Yasutake, lead investigator of the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine says that although the above factors have been considered, but green tea itself has the ability to reduce the risk of disability is lower. By Yasutake, people who drank at least five cups a day, one-third less likely to develop disabilities than those who drank less than one cup a day. And those who drank an average of three or four cups a day had 25 percent lower risk.

Other studies also mention that the green tea extract can increase leg muscle strength in elderly women. In general, green tea is considered safe when consumed in moderate amounts. But remember, green tea also contains caffeine, which some people may need to be avoided. In addition, green tea also contains small amounts of vitamin K, which means it can interfere with the work of a drug such as warfarin (to prevent blood clotting).

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