More Research about the Many Benefits of Green Tea

It's amazing how many benefits of green tea have been discovered! From improving heart health to strengthening our bones to helping with weight loss, the list of green tea benefits seems to go on and on.

Recent research targeting green tea's benefits is supporting the traditional knowledge that has been passed down to us through the generations. Here is more of what scientific studies are telling us about our beloved green tea.

Green Tea lowers High Blood Pressure

In a 2004 study of the long-term effects of tea drinking on high blood pressure (BP), research results showed that including green or oolong tea regularly in your diet can considerably lower your risk of developing high BP.

The tea-drinking habits of over 1500 Taiwanese participants were  examined in this study.

The research found that the risk of developing hypertension decreased by 46% for tea drinkers who enjoyed at least 120 ml (1/2 cup) green or oolong tea each day for a year or more. And, drinking over 600 ml (2 1/2 cups) tea each day reduced that risk by 65%.

No additional risk reduction was found if tea was consumed regularly for over a year.

If you'd like to read more about this study, you'll find the article here.

Your Green Tea Benefits!

What do you think of green tea? Is healthy, delicious green tea a regular part of your day? We'd love to hear your comments and opinions about green tea! Click here to share your thoughts with other visitors to our site. 

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Benefits of Green Tea for Bone Density and Strength

A 2002 Taiwanese study with 1000 male and female participants over the age of 30 discovered that tea drinkers who enjoyed green, black, and/or oolong tea at least once each week for 6 or more years had much higher overall bone mineral density (BMD) than those who didn't drink tea on a regular basis.

And, after 10 years' regular tea consumption, proportionately higher BMD in the total body, hip, and lumbar regions was found.

BMD, which is the level of certain minerals in your bones, shows how strong and dense your bones are. Low BMD increases the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis.

This study found that the duration of tea consumption was more significant than the amount of daily tea consumption.

You can read more about this study here.


A 2009 research review conducted at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, targeted the relationship between regular consumption of green tea and bone health.

In this review, numerous studies were found to show that enjoying green tea regularly was an effective way to strengthen bones, lessen the bone loss that occurs due to aging and chronic inflammation, and provide protection against fractures and osteoporosis in women and men of all ages.

Interested in reading this informative research review? You'll find it here.


Another study in 2012 in Lubbock, Texas, again focused specifically on green tea and bone health, with over 170 postmenopausal women with osteopenia participating in the research.

'Osteopenia,' which is a lower-than-normal BMD, increases the risk of osteoporosis.

Once again, green tea was shown to be beneficial for health and wellness...

Benefits of Green Tea

This study showed that enjoying about 4 cups of green tea each day significantly lowers oxidative stress - which means improved bone health and protection against osteoporosis.

If you're interested, you can learn more here. 

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Reading about all of these benefits of green tea can be overwhelming... can this simple beverage truly provide all of these health and wellness benefits?

Thanks to age-old knowledge about the benefits of green tea and the many modern-day scientific studies telling us much of the same, we can feel very good about the steamy, aromatic cup of green tea in our hands.

Healthful, delicious, soothing - an amazing combination in one simple tea!

Does green tea have any side effects or risks I should know about?

Green tea has so many benefits that we may forget that drinking green tea has some potential side effects, as well. Click here to find out more.

If you'd like to keep reading, you'll find more research about the benefits of drinking green tea here. Or, if you'd enjoy reading an overview of green tea benefits (instead of more research), click here.

Why not try...

  • Instead of your usual plain green tea, why not try a flavored or scented green tea? How about lemon, jasmine, mint, blackberry, or ginger peach?  
  • Green tea is also delicious iced - simply brew it to double strength, add lots of ice and lemon, and you'll have a refreshing beverage that's healthy, too! You'll find some tips for making iced tea here.

More about Green Tea Benefits


Green Tea Benefits - Wondering why we hear so much about green tea for good health? Drop by our Green Tea Benefits pages to see why green tea is so good for physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Green Tea & You! - We'd love to hear what you think of green tea! Share your experience with green tea with our other readers, and see what other visitors to our site have to say about this popular tea, too! 

Green Tea Steam - A recipe and tips for a wonderfully soothing and beneficial green tea facial steam that will pamper your complexion and lift your spirits!

Green Tea Skin Benefits - Adding green tea to your diet and using green tea topically can result in healthy, beautiful skin. 

Green Tea Research - Learn more about some of the current research targeting the multitude of benefits of green tea for health and wellness.

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