Blueberries’ Antioxidants May Help Osteoporosis

by Malc on June 27, 2011

Blueberries and Osteoporosis

Blueberries and Osteoporosis

Recent research has shown that antioxidants in blueberries seem to have benefits for treating osteoporosis. Rats who were fed a diet containing 10% blueberries were found to have significantly greater bone mass than those without the blueberry-enriched diet.

This is good news, because it suggests that blueberries may be a powerful supplement in the prevention of osteoporosis – a disease affecting millions, especially women, in the Western world.

The blood of the blueberry-fed rats was found to be high in phenolic acids which are known to derive from polyphenols – the main antioxidant component of blueberries. And this phenolic acid is thought to be the factor which strengthened the bones.

Certainly, whatever your state of health, blueberries provide powerful nutrition for the body. The possible encouragement of good bone health indicated by this study is just one more reason to pack blueberries into your diet.

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