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Jennifer Chan, Assistant Managing Editor
February 09, 2012

Drinking Green Tea Can Reduce the Disability that Comes with Age

Research shows drinking green tea is a healthy habit you should consider picking up. By Jennifer Chan

It’s hard to step away from the iced coffees and the fancy frappes, but once in a while, it’s nice to drink tea for a change. Today, instead of ordering your usual, why don’t you buy yourself a cup of green tea? In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers are saying that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of disability when you grow older. 

For three years, researchers studied nearly 14,000 adults aged 65 and above. They found out that only seven percent of those who drank at least five cups of tea a day suffered from functional disability. Meanwhile, those who drank less than a cup each day were more likely to lose the ability to dress or bathe themselves, with 13 percent of them showing signs of functional disability.

For all its evidence, the study does not prove that green tea alone can keep people agile even as they age. The researchers noted that the green tea drinkers had healthy diets and low smoking rates.  One important finding they also had was that green tea extracts seem to boost leg muscle strength in older women. This could be the connecting factor the study needs to tie the drink with the reduced disability findings.

So try including green tea in your diet. Not only does it give your palate a bit of variety, it can also keep your cells from getting damaged. In the end, though, eating healthy is still your best bet if you want to live a longer, happier life, so make sure you combine your tea drinking with a nutritious diet.

Want to eat healthy but don't know where to start? Here are some articles you can check for tips:


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Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
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