Concerned about your bones? Research results indicate that blueberries may be the ultimate super fruit, especially for women over 40, and men and women who want to protect their bone density. Evidence is accumulating that blueberries have remarkable properties when it comes to building bone strength. Recent studies show that blueberries can activate cells that actually help build and regenerate bones.
Endocrine Web, a website for healthcare professionals, published an article titled: Blueberries may help strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis. The article reports on research from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences which finds that blueberry polyphenols can ‘likely activate two genes and a protein that are involved in a critical bone-building molecular pathway.’
The team reported that animals fed this diet formed significantly greater bone mass, compared to those fed typical rodent feed. Scientists concluded that blueberry consumption may improve human bone density or even lower the risk of osteoporosis.
Source : Endocrine Web.
Osteoporosis and natural treatments.
Osteoporosis is a very common disorder where the bones become thin and brittle. They are so fragile that even minor trauma or a fall can result in a fracture. Fractures caused by osteoporosis often affect the wrist, hip and spine and are very disabling. Bone, like any other tissue, is constantly being worn and replaced.
In osteoporosis, the development of new bone is slow and not able to keep up with the wear and tear. Osteoporosis affects both men and women. Asian and caucasian ethnic groups seem to be the most susceptible.
The condition in women usually appears just after menopause. People who have osteoporosis need to eat a healthy diet that contains calcium.
The American National Osteoporosis Foundation have written an informative article about the importance of calcium and vitamin D3 for people who are concerned about bone health.
Osteoporosis and blueberry fruit polyphenols.
It now appears that the presence of polyphenols and anthocyanins in blueberries can help to promote bone strength and even offer some protection again the onset of osteoporosis.
Natural fruit polyphenols have been extensively studied and shown to be very safe and have a broad range of specific health benefits. Besides possessing anti-inflammatory activity, polyphenols also have ability to kill bacteria and stimulate normal growth. Further, blueberries also are rich in antioxidants which can scavenge and neutralize oxygen radicals. It appears from the rat studies that the polyphenols are somehow able to stimulate the bone cells to make more bone which is healthy.
The medical research community has carried out numerous studies into the relationship between blueberries and improved bone strength and densite for people with osteoporosis. In 2014, Purdue University of Indiana announced “Purdue receives $3.7 million to study blueberries and bone health.” The project is funded by a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
How many blueberries need to be consumed for bone growth?
There is no universal recommendation on how many blueberries one needs to consume to enhance bone growth, but experts suggest that at least one cup worth of blueberries everyday will be needed to strengthen bone.
As a preventative measure, blueberries should be consumed everyday before osteoporosis has set in. The other thing to understand is that blueberries should be considered as part of a balanced and healthy diet. Exercise also helps promote stronger bones too.
For people who don’t have easy access to fresh blueberries. Muscadinex has muscadine grape and blueberry health supplement which is available on Amazon. It contains 250mg of muscadine grape powder and 250mg of blueberry powder in each vegetarian capsule. A 60-serving bottle costs $24.99, which is less than 50 cents a day. The muscadine grape is America’s strongest source of grape resveratrol, so people can get double fruit benefits in a single vegetarian capsule.
Blueberry and osteoporosis medical research.
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