If you're a postmenopausal woman concerned about maintaining your bone health, there may be a new food item to add to your diet: prunes! A clinical trial investigates the effects of eating prunes on hip bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.
Osteoporosis is a condition where the creation of new bone cannot keep up with the loss of old bone. This results in weak and brittle bones that are prone to fractures with minor trauma. Bone mineral density (BMD) is a measure of the amount of minerals in the bone. Osteoporosis is common in elderly postmenopausal women making them more susceptible to bone fractures. Thus, it is important to maintain bone mineral density in these postmenopausal women.
There are many pharmacologic therapies available for maintaining bone mineral density in these women. However, due to their side effects, natural remedies are growing in popularity. One such remedy is eating prunes.
A prune is a dried plum that is believed to promote hip bone health. Their effects are likely due to their high concentration of certain nutrients, including polyphenols and vitamin K. Polyphenols are antioxidants that have been shown to have a positive effect on bone health, while vitamin K plays a role in bone metabolism and calcium absorption.