Reverse Bone Loss with This Summer Fruit

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. In fact, over eight million suffer from osteoporosis.

But recent research brings new hope. Dr. Bahram Arjmandi has found an all-natural way 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. He published a study in the British Journal of Nutrition showing that one specific fruit combats the problem.

His research shows this fruit doesn’t just prevent the problem…it can help reverse bone loss.

“All fruits and vegetables have a positive effect on nutrition,” says Dr. Arjmandi, “but in terms of bone health, this particular food is exceptional.”

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.

Sweet Solution to Bone Loss

“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.

But How?

It’s filled with compounds called polyphenols. These compounds help rebalance your bone-building cycle. Evidence shows they help in bone formation.

That’s why eating this specific fruit and keep your bones healthy and strong.

Dr. Arjmandi’s studies show that it is. And Dr. Bernard Halloran backs up his findings.

Dr. Halloran leads research at the University of California, San Francisco. He conducted his own studies on the same fruit. And his research had similar 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 just what is this fruit that can prevent bone loss…and even restore bone that’s lost through aging?

It’s the plum. And you can get its bone-restoring benefits from both fresh and dried forms.

Beat Osteoporosis with Dried or Fresh Plums

Plums are simple solution for a major problem. Broken bones can impact your quality of life in big ways. And it’s costly. 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.

If you’re not eating them already, we recommend you add plums to your diet. You’ll want to eat the fresh fruit more often than the dried version. Fresh plums have a lower sugar content by weight. And because plums are a crop that is heavily sprayed with pesticides, you should always choose organic.

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– Over eight million women, over the age of 45, suffer from osteoporosis. Click to Tweet
– Within the first 5-7 postmenopausal years, women are at risk of bone loss at a rate of 3-5% per year. Click to Tweet

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  1. “Women who ate the fruit had significantly higher BMD in the ulna…one of two long bones in the forearm…and the spine.”

    This is all fine, but please put figures in your stories. Significantly doesn’t mean much. Was it 1% better, or 5%, or 0.5%?

    Also, most fractures in elderly women occur in the pelvis, hip, or femur. Did they measure BMD in those areas? Your report would suggest they didn’t.

    • Belinda Hambling Boulton says:

      I agree with Rod, and would appreciate more detail. An anecdotal style may read easily, but doesn’t wash when you’re batting details back and forth with your doctor, or trying to persuade someone of the efficacy of an ‘alternative’ remedy, or to decide yourself whether to use it.

  2. Dorine Roncskevitz says:

    How likely you are to develop osteoporosis — a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle — depends on how much bone mass you attain by the time you reach age 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that. The higher your peak bone mass, the more bone you have “in the bank” and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age. *.`’

    Enjoy your day

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