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Prunes Shown To Be Particularly Beneficial For Bone Health Among Older Women

May 31, 2011: 12:49 PM EST
After extensive testing of various fruits – including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins – U.S. researchers have found that dried plums (prunes) are particularly beneficial for bone health among older women. The researchers tested two groups of postmenopausal women for one year: one group ate 10 prunes (100 g) a day; the second control group ate 100 g of dried apples. All participants took 500 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily. The prune group had significantly higher bone mineral density in a forearm bone and spine. Dried plums apparently suppressed the rate of breakdown of bone, which exceeds the rate of new bone growth as people age.
Shirin Hooshmand, et al. , "Comparative effects of dried plum and dried apple on bone in postmenopausal women", British Journal of Nutrition, May 31, 2011, © Cambridge University Press
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