There is good news for women here in Syracuse who like green tea and tai chi. They are both good for the health of postmenopausal women. Science Daily has reported “Green Tea and Tai Chi Enhance Bone Health and Reduce Inflammation in Postmenopausal Women.” High quality green tea is available from Teavana at the Carousel Center, Tel: 315-422-2875 and the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA Syracuse offers Tai Chi lessons at 2817 James St., First floor rear Syracuse, NY 13206, Tel: Tel: (315) 476-5760.
Green tea, which has been historically consumed in the Orient and is now well liked internationally, is loaded with compounds called polyphenols which are known for their potent antioxidant activity. Scores of epidemiological studies have shown that people who consume the highest levels of green tea polyphenols (GTP) generally have lower risks of several chronic degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Studies have shown that the mechanism behind this correlation may have to do with the lowering of chronic levels of inflammation.
Dr. Chwan-Li Shen has now spent over 2 decades studying how and why some Eastern lifestyle norms, which include drinking green tea, might be beneficial for Westerners as well. In this research Shen focused on postmenopausal women and investigated the potential for green tea to work synergistically with tai chi. Tai chi is a traditional Chinese form of moderately intense aerobic fitness activity which is grounded in mind-body philosophy, to enhance bone strength.
The results of this study showed that consumption of GTP with a level equivalent to about 4-6 cups of steeped green tea daily and participation in tai chi independently enhanced markers of bone health by 3 and 6 months, respectively. Muscle strength showed a similar effect at 6 months. Furthermore, women in this study taking tai chi classes also reported significant beneficial effects in quality of life in regard to improving their emotional and mental health.
And of significance was the substantial effect that both GTP and tai chi had on biological markers of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a main precursor to inflammation and this therefore suggests green tea and tai chi may help reduce the underlying etiology of not only osteoporosis, but also of other inflammatory diseases.
Mandel News Service