Boost Bone Health By Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

Mar 10, 2009 by

Boost Bone Health By Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

Intuitively speaking, it is hard to imagine fruits and vegetables having a role to play in bone and joint health. Yet, they do. Nutrition, after all, has a critical role to play in every aspect of human health, even emotional and mental ones.

The following article gives us some interesting insights into the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, specifically on how their influence on the acid-alkaline balance in the body contributes to bone health.

Study Suggests Fruits and Vegetables May Improve Bone Health

by Reuben Chow

A recent study which was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has suggested that increasing the alkalinity of one`s diet via eating more fruits and vegetables could improve bone health by reducing the excretion of calcium from the body.

About Bone Health

When it comes to improving bone health, the nutrient which first springs to most minds is calcium. And many people would have the erroneous impression that milk is the best source of calcium for the body, and thus is very necessary for strong bones. Those who are a little more aware of the workings of nutrition would also be aware of the important role which vitamin D plays in the body`s ability to absorb calcium.

But there is one more very important variable which is not always discussed or harped upon – the acid-alkali balance in the body. In the said study, conducted by researchers from Tufts University and Northeastern University, both in Boston, it has been revealed that a diet containing a lot of protein and cereal grain causes excess acid in the body, and this may in turn increase calcium excretion.

“When it comes to dietary concerns regarding bone health, calcium and vitamin D have received the most attention, but there is increasing evidence that the acid / base balance of the diet is also important,” said Bess Dawson-Hughes, the leader of the study.

About Bone Loss

As a person ages, his or her body becomes less able to eliminate the acid produced during metabolic processes. As the levels of acid in the body rise, the body has to find a way to neutralize this imbalance. Something has to give, and the body then carries out a process called bone resorption, whereby bones are broken done and minerals like calcium, phosphates and alkaline salts are released into the blood. As would be expected, such a process weakens the bones and raises the likelihood of fractures occurring.

With populations in developed areas rapidly aging, increasingly sedentary lifestyles further causing bone loss, and obesity epidemics raising the amount of stress placed on already fragile bones, diseases and degenerative conditions of the joints and bones are ballooning in their numbers.

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1 Comment

  1. Jacqueline

    Great post! I would also suggest looking at Better Bones, the website of Dr. Susan Brown (she wrote a book by the same name.). Lots of great stuff, including this one on Ph balance and acid/alkaline: The importance of pH balance in healthy bones

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