I regularly visit with seniors who are homebound or largely unable to get around. The two biggest complaints I hear from them are about pain and their lack of mobility. They hate that they’re unable to do the things they really love to do. Well, if you’d like to maintain your ability to enjoy life as you reach 80 and 90 years old (and older), a new study gives you one way to do just that.
In this new study, Japanese researchers followed nearly 14,000 people aged 65 or older for five years. They had each of these participants fill out questionnaires about general diet, green tea consumption, and lifestyle. After the study period, the researchers evaluated the answers and discovered a close inverse link between the risk of functional disability and how much green tea the participants drank. In other words, the more green tea they drank, the lower their risk of functional disability. And the results were dramatic!
The researchers found that those who drank the lowest amount of green tea (one cup or less each day) had the highest risk of developing moderate to severe functional disability. But those who drank the most green tea (five cups or more each day) had very little risk of functional decline. In fact, those who drank five or more cups of tea a day cut their risk of developing any functional and cognitive decline by close to half.
My only complaint about this study is that it’s a questionnaire study. These aren’t the most reliable. However, the results were dramatic, which gives it credibility. The researchers also noted that those who drank the most green tea were also more likely to eat better foods. They tended to eat more fruits, vegetables, and fish. And they weren’t as likely to have bad habits, such as smoking. So we can’t say conclusively from this study that all of these effects are from the green tea.
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Fortunately, there are other studies on green tea that show it does have a direct impact on your overall health and functional abilities, especially your cognitive abilities. Other studies show green tea can give your heart significant protection, and good circulation is a key component to staying healthy and functional throughout your life.
So if you want to avoid one of the biggest frustrations of aging — losing your ability to do what you love — then drink lots of green tea. The more the better. Not only will it help you do the things you love longer, you’ll be able to maintain your independence much longer. You’ll be able to dress and bathe yourself. And you’ll be able to drive safely longer.
If you don’t want to drink that much, drink as much as you can and then take a green tea supplement, such as Green Tea Extract, every day.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.