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Foods with Bone Resorption-Inhibiting Properties

Bone resorption is the process where bone tissue is broken down and calcium from the bone is released into the blood stream. Some foods appear to inhibit this process and are called bone resorption-inhibiting. These foods include oranges, prunes, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, broccoli, and lettuce. Also included are the herbs dill, sage, garlic, parsley, thyme, and rosemary. A 2015 study found that in healthy, post-menopausal women, the women consuming plant foods with the highest bone resorption-inhibiting properties had a significant decrease in bone turnover. The women consumed at least nine servings of these fruits and vegetables per day.

Diets rich in fruits and vegetable contain numerous substances that seem to be important to bone health. Data from research shows that people who consume the most fruits, vegetables, and cereal grains have the greatest bone mineral density at all bone sites.

Also, of interest is that onion consumption seems to be associated with increased bone density. There are three compounds in onions that seem to have a positive effect on bones.

So do your best to incorporate these foods into your daily menus. Don’t leave the onions out. Grow these herbs so you always have a fresh supply ready to use in cooking.

posted on 3/1/2021