The drug industry is desperately trying to cook up new meds for women who are battling thinning bone.
But it’s not out of the goodness of some drug executive’s hearts. They’re working so hard because the current bone meds on the market have been an enormous flop.
A growing number of women reject these meds because of their disturbing side effects. Which include… get this… bone breaks. (Yes, SERIOUSLY.)
It remains to be seen if the drug industry manages to produce something that’s both effective and safer than the current options. But in the meantime, it turns out a natural bone-strengthening superstar may have been hiding in plain sight all along.
It’s not a new drug, so this solution doesn’t come with any profit potential. That means it will go entirely ignored by the industry.
But don’t sleep on this breakthrough yourself. Because we now have two studies in a row showing this bone buddy could make a real difference when and where it matters most.
How the humble PRUNE can help protect BONE
It turns out sticky little prunes have far more to offer than just some gut-smoothing fiber. In fact, they’re PACKED with some vital nutrients.
Among those are some bone-building essentials, including…
- vitamin K
In other words, prunes are as good for your bone health as they are for your digestion.
The senior women in the new study who didn’t eat prunes saw what you would expect to see as we age. The bone mineral density in their hips was shrinking, and they had a rising risk of painful fractures.
But women who ate just five or six prunes a day saw something else entirely. Their bone mineral density held steady. And that, in turn, led to a lower rate of hip fractures.
And here’s the thing about a hip fracture. It’s more than just a painful injury. A broken hip bone is one of the MOST painful breaks you can have and one of the most debilitating.
A hip break typically requires a long recovery time and some folks never fully bounce back. Plus, that first break also makes you more prone to future injuries, including a second broken hip bone. And it can even raise your risk of dying in the following months.
But if the new study is any indication, you may be able to avoid that nightmare simply by eating more dried plums.
Putting PRUNE POWER to work for you
I know it might seem tough to believe at first. After all, is there anything humbler than a prune?
But this is the second study in a row to connect snacking on prunes and better bone health. Earlier this year, I shared some research in Healthier Talk that found 5-10 prunes a day could help halt the age-related loss of bone mineral density.
Plus, that same study found that a daily dose of 10 prunes reduced a key marker of bone loss and bone turnover. Over time that led to improved bone mineral density as measured in both the forearm and the lower spine.
You get ALL those bone benefits, and the only real “side effect” is keeping your bathroom habits on track.
Now prunes aren’t a drug, of course. They’re a functional food. So you certainly shouldn’t rely on them alone to protect your bones.
Bone-friendly nutrients including calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin K2 can also help keep your aging skeleton strong.
But if you’re on a blood thinner such as warfarin, be sure to speak to your doctor before taking vitamin K as the two don’t always work well together.
Not worried about aging bones? There are plenty of other reasons to eat prunes. Find out what some of them are in my earlier report, “Much-maligned fruit snack could SAVE your life.”
Latest posts by Alice Jacob (see all)
- Build muscle strength with ‘PINK POWER’ secret - May 23, 2022
- Common pain meds DOUBLE chance of chronic backache - May 23, 2022
- The REAL reason your UTIs keep coming back - May 22, 2022