If you have gone through menopause and want to maintain good bone health, one tip, well, two: drink green tea and practice taichi. That at least is the teaching which seems to be taken from a study by the Center for Health Sciences of the Technological University of Texas (USA), which for six months followed the effects of these two practices on 171 postmenopausal women.
The results show that the consumption of 4 to 6 cups of green tea daily - the polyphenols it contains are known for their potent antioxidant activity - and the practice of taichi - a traditional Chinese form of moderate aerobic exercise based on the body-mind philosophy , to increase bone strength - independently increased bone health markers at three and six months, respectively. A similar effect was discovered in muscle strength at six months.
The authors highlight the effect of substantial improvement of polyphenols and taichi together on the biological markers of oxidative stress. Since oxidative stress is the main precursor of inflammation, the discovery suggests that green tea and tai chi may help reduce the risks not only of serious chronic degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, but also of other inflammatory diseases.
In addition, participants in the study who took taichi classes also reported feeling significant benefits in their quality of life in terms of improvement in emotional and mental health.