Few Hong Kong researchers have reported evidence that green tea, the most popular beverage worldwide, now considered to be the best dietary supplement, can improve bone health.
The researchers noticed that the tea contains a group of chemicals that stimulate bone development and reduces breakdown.
The beverage has the ability to prevent and treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases affecting millions worldwide, the researchers suggest.
The study lead, Ping Chung Leung and his team noted that several studies have been associated with the beneficial effects of green tea in preventing heart diseases, cancer and other health conditions. Recent studies in human and cell cultures have suggested that the tea may also be beneficial to bone health.
The scientists exposed a group of cultured bone-forming cells to three major components present in green tea. They found that one particular component Epigallocatechin (EGC) boosted the activity of a main enzyme that promotes bone health by 79 percent. The component was also found to have considerably boosted levels of bone mineralization in the cells, which contributes to strengthening of the bone. High concentrations of ECG also blocked the activity of a particular cell that weakens bones. There were no toxic side effects to the bone cells reported by the study.
Meanwhile, recent news also carried information that green tea could be a potential new treatment for facial wrinkles, which could serve as an alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery. This was the result of a study carried out by few German scientists, whose non-invasive technique has proven that this lotion made of green tea extract works ten times faster than a similar anti-wrinkle treatment which uses LED alone. Moreover the promising results achieved in this experiment took only one-tenth of the time it took for LED therapy in reduction of wrinkles.