One Specific Fruit Combats Brittle Bones
When we’re young we regenerate bone tissue quickly. But as we age, our ability to grow new bone tissue slows down.
It’s a major problem for women over the age of 45…and over 8 million are affected by osteoporosis.
But recent research brings new hope. Dr. Bahram Arjmandi has found an all-natural solution to help prevent bone loss and fractures. He heads up nutrition research at Florida State University (FSU). He’s also the Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging.
Dr. Arjmandi has studied bone density loss in postmenopausal women for the last decade. And he’s just published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition which shows one specific fruit combats the problem. Even better…his research shows this fruit doesn’t just prevent bone loss…it even reverses it.
“All fruits and vegetables have a positive effect on nutrition,” says Dr. Arjmandi, “but in terms of bone health, this particular food is exceptional.”
And he’s not alone in his beliefs. There are other scientists and studies which back up his findings.
Dr. Bernard Halloran leads research at the University of California, San Francisco. He’s reviewed the findings and conducted his own studies into the same fruit…with the same results.
“This may be the first natural product that is capable of restoring bone that’s been lost due to aging,” says Dr. Halloran.
So what is this exceptional fruit? We’ll tell you what it is…how it helps your bones…and where you can get it.
The Bones of the Study
Dr. Arjmandi and his team have put their theory to the test over five successive studies. The first was conducted on lab mice. But the latest findings were based on a recent study at FSU using human subjects.
The research team set up a year-long study looking at women who were in post-menopause for one to 10 years.
They divided the women up into two groups. Both groups were given daily calcium and vitamin D supplements. But one group was supplemented with 100 mg of this specific fruit.
At the start of the study they took bone mineral density (BMD) measurements…and blood samples…to assess bone biomarkers. They did this again at three, six and 12 months intervals.
Women who ate the fruit had significantly higher BMD in the ulna…one of two long bones in the forearm…and the spine.
“Over my career, I have tested numerous fruits, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that (this fruit has),” says Dr. Arjmandi.
Back Bone of the Study
“In the first five to seven postmenopausal years, women are at risk of losing bone at a rate of three to five percent per year,” says Dr. Arjmandi.
He says the higher BMD was spurred by the fruit…which reduces the breakdown of bone.
It’s filled with compounds called polyphenols. These compounds help rebalance your bone-building cycle. There’s even evidence that shows they reverse bone loss…and help in bone formation.
Can it really be that simple? Just eat one specific fruit and keep your bones healthy and strong?
Dr. Arjmandi’s studies show that it is. And Dr. Halloran’s independent study supports those findings.
So just what is this fruit that can prevent bone loss…and even restore bone that’s lost through aging? In a word…plums.
Don’t Wait to Become a Prune
Plums are simple solution for a major problem. Broken bones can impact your quality of life in big ways. And treatment for fractures…costs over $19 billion each year.
“Don’t wait until you get a fracture or you are diagnosed with osteoporosis,” says Dr. Arjmandi.
He says you should take action now. Start eating two to three dried plums every day. Once your body is used to regularly eating plums…kick up your consumption to six or more.
It’s easy to make them part of your diet. You can eat them as a simple whole fruit. And you can use them in many recipes. Plus…if you’re on the run…they’re easy to eat on the go.
Another proven way to build your bone strength is to simply lift heavy things. Resistance is essential to maintaining bone density.
Dr. John Abramson is on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School. He’s been a family doctor for years.
“Strength training is one of the best ways to increase bone density in the spine naturally and prevent falls,” says Dr. Abramson.
You can add some ankle weights to your walk. Or purchase some dumbbells. A few exercises two to three times a week will help keep your bones strong.
To your best health,
Managing Editor, NHD “Health Watch”