Prunes – Another Superfood?
Reduce Bone Pain & Fragility By Eating Prunes, Study Suggests
As we get older, we’re sure to notice inevitable changes in our bodies. There is, however, a lot we can do to protect ourselves from injury and potentially debilitating conditions like osteoporosis.
A lot of it does come down to diet. We’ve all heard the old saying “you are what you eat” and it is true – what we eat reflects how we feel to a large extent. Now a new study carried out by researchers at Florida State University has found that eating just five or six prunes a day could actually prevent us from developing osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is more of a risk for post-menopausal women, but 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
The study revealed that eating 50g of prunes a day helped prevent the loss of bone mass in women who were already at risk of developing the condition. Researcher Bahram Arjmandi was quoted by the news source as saying: “Over my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have.”
He went on to advise people not to wait until they’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or until they suffer a break or fracture. Instead, they should take preventative action now by eating two or three dried plums each day and then building up from there.
So what are you waiting for? (Well possibly the queue for the toilet if you’re already onto the prunes!)