What Doctors Don’t Tell You reports on supporting bone health
Scientists have finally figured out why brittle bones and fractures happen—common in postmenopausal women who have an increased risk of osteoporosis—and they think that eating plenty of
broccoli and spinach could be an effective way to prevent the problem.
It’s all to do with the protein osteocalcin, which keeps our bones strong. But when we slip or fall, the protein is disturbed, and can’t do its usual protective work. Any fall will weaken the bone—because of the impact on osteocalcin levels—and a further slip can break the bone.
Vitamin K, found in green leafy vegetables as well as in supplements, helps feed the protein, and may help it withstand a fall or slip, say researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
(Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012; 109: 19178-83).
This is great, simple diet advice that may help support bone health. If you are on Warfarin or another blood thinning medication, you may need to be careful about consuming too much spinach and green leafy vegetables, but for most of us these are nutrient-packed foods that should be included regularly with meals.