Aging is inevitable; and as you age, so do your bones. There are many nutrients that are important to focus on when trying to maintain healthy bones.
For years, milk has been the staple association for strong bones. Although that still ranks as a fan favorite because of the heavy amount of calcium,
there are actually more noteworthy nutrients dietitians recommend to protect aging bones.
According to our medical expert Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, LDN, CLEC, CPT, author of The First Time Mom's Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility,
"Data shows that adequate vitamin K may increase bone mineral density and potassium may reduce calcium loss from the bones," says Manaker.
"Prunes also have phenolic compounds, which may block bone resorption and support bone formation."
Research continues to show the benefits of eating prunes for bone health. In one study from the British Journal of Nutrition, postmenopausal women who ate 50 grams of prunes every day.
Another study published in Nutrients suggests that men's bone health may benefit from eating prunes, too.
Men who ate either 100 grams or 50 grams of prunes for three months had a positive effect on their bone turnover.
"Eating prunes on a consistent basis may help prevent bone loss, especially among the aging population," says Manaker.
"To support bone health, sipping on a prune smoothie can be a refreshing, naturally sweet, and bone health-supporting drink that is chock-full of important no added sugar.