Eat Your Produce for Better Bone Health

Greetings from Dr. T:

According to a recent study at the University of Surrey in Surrey, England, potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate), which are plentiful in fruit and vegetables, play an important role in improving bone health. The results also showed that these potassium salts contained in fruits and vegetable reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength.

Published in the journal Osteoporosis International, this study also revealed that high intake of potassium salts significantly reduces the excretion of calcium and acid in urine.

“This means that excess acid is neutralized and bone mineral is preserved,” said lead study author, Dr. Helen Lambert from the University of Surrey.

This study shows that eating more fruits and vegetables could be a way to improve the strength of our bones and prevent osteoporosis. Fruits highest in potassium are dried apricots, prunes, dates, dried currants and raisins, dates, dried figs, dried coconut, avocados, bananas, kiwi fruit, and nectarines and peaches. Vegetables with the highest potassium content include sun dried tomatoes, spinach, Swiss chard, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, kale, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, green snap beans and asparagus.

Until next time….

Yours in health,

Dr. T

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