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Green Tea and Vegetables help offset frailty in aging Grandmothers

Jan 13, 2015

Green Tea and Vegetables help offset frailty in aging Grandmothers

A wonderful study demonstrates how drinking green tea frequently or consuming healthy produce helps maintain the strength and independence of aging women. In the study 2121 women 65 years of age or older who were grandmothers or acquaintances of dietetic students.

The researchers from the Department of Social and Preventive Epidemiology, School of Public Health, the University of Tokyo, examined the eating habits, antioxidant intake and the level of fitness or frailty in these women. Frailty was defined as the presence three or more of the following four components: slowness and weakness (two points), exhaustion, low physical activity, and unintentional weight loss.

The number of ladies with frailty was 486 or 23%. Antioxidant intake was associated with greater health and robustness with declines in the risk of frailty ranging from a drop of 59% to 65% in the risk of frailty depending on which method of analysis was used for total intake. Consumption of green tea, coffee, vegetables, and fruits which contribute to dietary antioxidant intake were all associated with lower odds of frailty. Vegetables lowered the risk of frailty by 53% and drinking some green tea lowered the risk by 23%. The study is published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging