Green tea reduced tooth loss
Results from the Ohsaki Cohort study show that people drinking more than 5 cups of green tea daily showed 23% reduced tooth loss.
This cross-sectional study reviewed questionnaires from 25,078 people (13,059 women and 12,019 men, from age 40 to 64 years old).
People who drank between 1 and 4 cups of green tea daily showed 18% reduction in tooth loss, while those who drank more than 5 cups daily showed 23% reduction (Koyama Y, Association between green tea consumption and tooth loss: Cross-sectional results from the Ohsaki Cohort 2006 Study, Prev. Med., January 2010).
The results were essentially the same for men and women.
Losing teeth may reduce the capacity to digest necessary fiber and nutrients that are needed to combat damage from aging.
Also, if the teeth are lost to infections, the infections themselves can become life-threatening.
While this study is preliminary, green tea may prove to be an inexpensive adjunct to good tooth health.
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