Fruits, veggies, fish and whole grains nurture healthy bones

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A new study has suggested that anti-inflammatory diets which are generally high in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains may enhance the health of bones and prevent fractures in some women.

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As women age they are often confronted with the problem of loss of bone health which leads to bone fractures. Research shows that proper nutrition may help alleviate this problem.

The risk of bone loss in women may be decreased with an anti-inflammatory diet

It has been reported by Ohio State University the risk of bone loss in women may be decreased with an anti-inflammatory diet. This type of diet is also associated with less hip fractures in younger Caucasian women.

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Researchers led by Tonya Orchard, who is an assistant professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University, discovered new associations between bone health and food. It was observed women who had the least inflammatory diets had less loss of bone density than their peers with the most inflammatory diets during a six year follow-up. Also there appeared to be a lower risk of hip fractures in women with diets which were of low inflammatory in nature.

As women age the health of their bones is impacted by healthy diets

Orchard said that these findings have suggested as women age the health of their bones is impacted by healthy diets. Women could benefit from diets which are rich in good fats, whole grains, and plants. Anti-inflammatory diets are generally high in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains.

This study has been published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Researchers observed a dietary pattern which was low in inflammatory potential was associated with less bone mineral density loss
in postmenopausal women. Women should try to make certain their diets are high in nutritious fruit, veggies,
fish and whole grains to potentially help maintain bone health.

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