In humans, as in many organisms, bone is not a dead tissue but a living dynamic metabolic system that relies on a delicately maintained balance between bone formation and bone resorption. Cells called osteoblasts make bone while cells called osteoclasts resorb it.
For the study, the researchers exposed a group of cultured rat osteoblast-like cells to three catechin chemicals for several days. The chemicals were epigallocatechin (EGC), gallocatechin (GC), and gallocatechin gallate (GCG), all main components of green tea.
Osteoporosis is a major health problem in both elderly women and men. Epidemiological evidence has shown an association between tea consumption and the prevention of age-related bone loss in elderly women and men. Ingestion of green tea and green tea bioactive compounds may be beneficial in mitigating bone loss of this population and decreasing their risk of osteoporotic fractures.
Ceylon Green tea has been said to be very good for your bones. Studies show that drinking green tea immensely helps in keeping your bones healthy.
The very key to this is high fluoride content found in green Ceylon tea. It helps keep your bones strong. If you drink green tea every day, this will help you preserve your bone density.
Studies by Chinese experts show that, drinking this type of tea over a long period increases the bones density in both men and women.
Scientists in Hong Kong have discovered that a compound found in green tea stimulates bone formation and helps to slow its breakdown.
In a laboratory, scientists looked at the effects of three major components of green tea – epigallocatechin (EGC), gallocatechin (GC) and gallocatechin gallate (GCG) – on bone-forming cells (osteoblasts) from rats.
Over several days, the researchers found that one of the compounds in particular, EGC, boosted the activity of an enzyme that promotes bone growth.
As well as promoting bone growth, EGC blocked the activity of osteoclasts. Osteoclasts are cells that break down old bone as part of an ongoing process called bone remodelling, where old bone is replaced with new bone.
Finally this research was carried out on rat cells grown in a laboratory under controlled conditions.
This is achieved through the chemicals found in the green facilitating in increasing the bone density. People who have been drinking this Ceylon tea for a long time have been found to have gained immense bone density.
As such drinking Srilankan green tea habitually would prove immensely beneficial to our health especially our bones which form our structure.