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Boning up with tea.

Women who drink tea may be slower to lose bone mineral density as they age than women who do not. Australian researchers following 1,500 elderly women over a period of four years found that non-tea drinkers lost approximately four percent of their total hip bone mineral density (BMD), whereas those who drank tea lost an average of just 1.6 percent of their BMD. Tea thus appears to be as effective as calcium supplements and exercise in reducing bone loss.

Researchers believe that the polyphenols and lignans in tea help to stimulate the production of bone-building cells.
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Title Annotation:Food in the News
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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