Prunes May Improve Bone Health in Older Women
Prunes are proven to mitigate inflammation and the imbalance between the free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can weaken the bones. In line with previous research, prunes are good for gut health. In addition, a new study suggests that eating prunes may improve bone health as well.
Women in postmenopause have low estrogen levels, which can cause inflammation and oxidative stress, and as a result, the bones become weak and more prone to fractures. Regular consumption of prunes may improve bone health and slow bone loss. In other words, eating prunes may slow the progression of osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the bones and makes them more fragile. Many people have osteoporosis, especially women older than 50. Although this condition is usually treated by taking certain medications, people living with osteoporosis wish for other ways to mitigate the symptoms of the disease, for instance, by following specific diets.
People older than 40 experience delayed fracture healing, mainly due to inflammation and imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants. Nevertheless, these symptoms may be improved by including more minerals, vitamin D, vitamin K, and dietary fibers in the diet. It is already known that eating fruits and vegetables is good for osteoporosis prevention, and consuming prunes also plays a significant role.
The researchers of this study have discovered that consuming ten prunes per day is essential for improving bone health and slowing the process of bone loss. Moreover, women who eat prunes every day for six months are less prone to osteopenia than women who don’t consume prunes. According to the study’s findings, prunes can cause a change in the gut microbiome and lower inflammation.
The research team intends to investigate further the impact of eating prunes for one year on bone health to obtain further knowledge.
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