Maintaining Healthy Bones during Menopause

Maintaining Healthy Bones during Menopause

Here at California prunes, we’re fanatical about health. We are absolutely dedicated to nutritional research and to keeping you informed on just how you can use California’s finest plump prunes to their full potential.

You will be happy to know that California prunes are leading research into how these delicious dried fruits can help to keep your bones healthy, particularly during the menopause. As roughly 50% of us will go through the menopause at some point in our lives, we think it’s a pretty hot topic!

What’s the risk?

According to the IOF (International Osteoporosis Foundation), postmenopausal women are at a high risk of developing osteoporosis and suffering fractures on account of the rapid bone loss which occurs with the onset of menopause.

So how can California Prunes help?

New research suggests that a simple daily helping of California prunes could help support the maintenance of healthy bones and may even contribute to maximizing bone mass potential. In fact, the humble prune is the most effective fruit in both preventing and reversing bone loss*.

Studies discovered that eating 100 grams of prunes daily (2 servings; approximately 8-12 prunes) for one year was associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD) and improved indices of bone turnover in post-menopausal women**.

Whilst research continues to explore exactly how prunes may benefit bone health, we already know that prunes are high in vitamin K and a source of manganese, both of which underpin the value of prunes as a means towards maintaining healthy bones.

As dietitian Jennette Higgs emphasises, “The nutrition content of prunes, referring specifically to vitamin K and manganese, both work in the body to support normal bone health. There is further research being carried out that’s very positive, so the question is, and it remains to be seen, if there are other ‘factors’ in prunes that might also be contributing to their positive effect on bones.”

Prunes are a high source of vitamin K, which contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.

Several studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin K results in improvements in bone health***.

Eating vitamin K rich foods such as prunes can help provide your body with the vitamin K boost it needs for the day.

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*Comparative effects of dried plum and dried apple on bone.

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***The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)