Style & ShowbizHealth

Put the kettle on; tea is good for your bones

Tea may have unexpected health benefits
Tea may have unexpected health benefits

We all know tea can solve nearly any problem but now having a regular cuppa can also help your bones, even if you don't take milk.

A new study, published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition has found that there is a strong link between drinking tea and improved bone density.

While many of us reach for the kettle for a quick pick-me-up or just a refreshing drink to have on your break, there is now medical science backing up the notion that tea is genuinely good for you.

The study looked at a number of pieces of research around the globe and found a link between tea drinkers and increased bone mineral density (BMD) in women.

Researchers believe that the favinoids in the tea plant can mimic oestrogen and may help keep bones stronger for longer, especially in post-menopausal women.

The study found that in England post-menopausal tea drinkers had five per cent better BMD than non-tea takers and that the amount of tea drunk did not affect the outcome.

It seems one to three cups a day is as useful as six.

They also found that adding milk to the brew made no difference to the effects on BMD.

However, it seems that men don't get the same benefit from tea drinking, though diseases associated with low BMD such as osteoporosis is far more common in women.