Aging is hard even for the healthiest of us. But it gets even harder if you suffer a disability. Staying healthy and independent can really make a huge difference in your quality of life during your Golden Years. And a new study says you can do one simple thing to greatly increase your odds of avoiding disability and living vibrantly as you age.
In this study, researchers analyzed the data of 13,988 Japanese people. The researchers had seen studies on a particular beverage and disability and wanted to confirm its effectiveness. Previous studies showed that it lowers your risk of diseases that cause functional disability. These include stroke, cognitive impairment, and osteoporosis.
To confirm these previous studies, the researchers used questionnaires to gather data on lifestyles. In particular, they wanted to know how much green tea the participants drank. They also pulled disability information from a public database on long-term care insurance.
The researchers compared those who drank less than one cup per day to those who drank one to two cups, three to four cups, and five or more cups of green tea daily. They found that those who drank the most green tea had a 33% reduced risk for disability. As consumption went down in the other groups, so did the protection. For those drinking three to four cups a day, there was a 25% increase in protection. And if they drank one to two cups a day, it gave them 10% more protection than those drinking less than one cup.
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The researchers said they need to do more research before drawing a conclusion. This is only partially true. This was a questionnaire study and shows only a potential association. It doesn’t prove cause and effect.
However, these results are impressive. A 33% reduced risk in disability is significant. And since we know green tea can boost immunity, improve urine flow, fight cancer, prevent osteoporosis, protect your brain, and relieve joint pain, among many other health benefits, there’s no reason not to draw a conclusion.
That conclusion is simple — drink green tea. The more the better.
For many, drinking a lot of green tea isn’t an option. In those cases, you can take Green Tea Extract and get many of the same benefits. It’s a powerful way to maintain your health and fight disease.
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Tomata Y, Kakizaki M, Nakaya N, et al. Green tea consumption and the risk of incident functional disability in elderly Japanese: the Ohsaki Cohort 2006 Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Jan 25. View Abstract
Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Mar;95(3):732-9. Epub 2012 Jan 25.
Green tea consumption and the risk of incident functional disability in elderly Japanese: the Ohsaki Cohort 2006 Study.