Ask anyone to name the one food that is best for building strong bones and you will, of course, hear overwhelmingly that it is milk. But not so fast – when it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women — and people of all ages for that matter — one researcher says prunes are a superstar for preventing fractures and osteoporosis. Continue reading →
Today I’ll finish off this three-part series on the troubles seniors face with nutrition. I’ll be covering what your primary needs are, how your nutrition needs change as you age, and where you can go for assistance.
Seniors have different nutritional needs than other people. Even if you’re in great shape, it’s still important Continue reading →
Most people know that they should get adequate levels of calcium every day in order to maintain strong bones, but researchers at Florida State University have conducted a study which suggests that prunes may also contribute to higher bone density.
In a year-long trial, the scientists instructed 55 of the participants to eat 100 grams of dried plums each day and 45 volunteers to consume the same amount of dried apples. All volunteers were female and took 500-milligram calcium supplements and 400 international units of vitamin D.
At the end of the study, researchers said that the women who ate prunes daily had significantly higher bone mineral density than their counterparts who ate apples. The scientists noted that this may be due to the fruit’s ability to prevent resorption, or bone loss.