I spend a lot of time with folks who struggle to function independently as they age. They lose their muscle strength, their balance, and their ability to control their muscles. So it’s vital you do everything you can to remain functional as you age. Eating properly, exercising, taking supplements, and avoiding medications are the best things you can do.
You probably know how important diet and exercise are. But you may not know how important the latter two are. Drugs seem to cause the most problems in these folks. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say after an event: “The doctor changed my medication.” Many lose their muscle control after staying on statins. Others get tired and confused from their pain medications. Or they get dizzy from their antidepressants. It’s an endless cycle of destruction. So stay away from drugs.
I’ve told you in the past about supplements that can help maintain muscle control and body function as you age. These include whey protein and apple peel supplements. But now a new study says there’s one more that fits both in the diet and supplement areas.
In this study, Japanese researchers wanted to find what helped folks over 65 stay functional as they age. So they followed nearly 14,000 senior citizens 65 and older for three years.
The one factor that was common among those with the least general decrease of functional disability was drinking five cups of green tea per day. Drinking less than five resulted in less decrease, but any consumption helped. Drinking the green tea resulted in less dependency for daily activities, fewer falls and accidents, and a better mood. In other words, the green tea provided the support many of my friends take drugs for – but without the dangerous side effects.
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The typical Japanese teacup is about half the size of the ones we use in the U.S. So drinking three cups of green tea each should provide the same level of support.
However, if you’re like me and don’t care for the taste of green tea, you can get the same benefits from taking Green Tea Extract. Taking one capsule daily will give you the same benefits found in this study.
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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.