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Eat Prunes to Prevent Osteoporosis

Shirin Hooshmand, PhD, from San Diego State University, discusses research showing that eating from 10 to 12 dried plums, or prunes, per day may not only prevent bone loss but may also help increase bone density in postmenopausal women.

Dr. Hooshmand and colleagues compared a number of different fruits and vegetables to evaluate whether they have positive effects on bone density. In both human and animal models, they found that a daily intake of 100 grams of prunes, which is equivalent to about nine to 10 dried plums, had the most beneficial effects.

Although they are still evaluating the effects of a lower dose, it appears that 50 grams of dried plums or prunes daily has beneficial effects, which may be more feasible for people with smaller frames, Hooshmand says.
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