Menopause and Osteoporosis: Eating Dried Plums Prevents Fractures & Strengthens Bone

by Laura Ramirez on August 19, 2011

Menopause and osteoporosis are a frightening combination for women over the age of 50. Osteoporosis is a painful, crippling disease that can lead to severe deformities in later life. We’ve all seen the women with dowager’s humps whose spines have so disintegrated that they cannot walk upright. Getting old is scary enough without having to worry about crumbling bones and being so crippled that you cannot get around on your own.

Although there are drugs like Fosamax that are supposed to increase bone density, be aware that while these drugs build new bone, they prevent the breakdown and reabsorption of old bone which means that your body builds new bone on top of old bone, decreasing bone density and structure. Although this drug may initially appear to create gains in bone density, eventually, it can result in more fractures. Currently, there is a class action lawsuit that has been filed against the pharmaceutical company that makes Fosamax.

Drugs aside, there is hope: once again, it’s good food to the rescue. Nutritious food is our medicine and first line of defense. Get the proper nutrients and your body can remake itself. While drugs can relieve symptoms, they usually do not heal the source of the problem. Nutrients get to the source. In the case of osteoporosis, it seems that dried plums or prunes could be a real solution.ᅠ

Here’s what one recent article had to say:

Postmenopausal women who regularly eat dried plums have a considerably lower risk of developing osteoporosis or fractures compared to other women of the same age, researchers from Florida State University reported in the British Journal of Nutrition. The authors describe the regular consumption of dried plums as a “simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis.”

Professor Bahram H. Arjmandi said:

“Over my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have. All fruits and vegetables have a positive effect on nutrition, but in terms of bone health, this particular food is exceptional.”

So the great news about menopause and osteoporosis is that you can start eating dried plums right away. Since dried fruit may have preservatives and other chemicals that you may be sensitive to, check the label on any packaged dried food that you buy.

You can also do what I do: buy your own dehydrator and make your own.

After reading about the great benefits of dried plums, I will be adding them to the healthy “granola” that I make from nuts, seeds and fruit.

In order to realize the benefits of eating prunes, start with three per day and work up to six per day. In addition to increasing bone health, you will also be relieving other menopause symptoms like constipation. Moving toxins from your body may also help you to lose weight.

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