Prune power for postmenopause

Scientists unlock bone-preserving power of prunes for postmenopausal health.

Experts highlight that maintaining strong and healthy bones becomes increasingly important as women age. Several studies present prunes as a simple yet effective dietary solution, including recent research showing that incorporating prunes into daily diets can help preserve bone structure and strength in postmenopausal women, offering an easy strategy to mitigate bone loss associated with aging.

The study, published in Osteoporosis International and known as “The Prune Study,” included 183 postmenopausal women aged 55 to 75, spanned a period of 12 months and explored the effects of daily prune consumption on bone health.

“Prunes have a combination of minerals, vitamin K, phenolic compounds, fibre and anti-inflammatory properties that is unique among foods and, in fact, unique among fruit,” says Dr Mary Jane De Souza, lead author of the study and professor at Pennsylvania State University, US.

“We’ve been studying prunes because their combination of nutrients seems to work together for a positive effect on bones.”

“While medication and hormone therapies can help women maintain their bone density and strength as they get older, these often require lifelong management and come with some risks — so learning about impactful dietary changes can be a great help.”

Postmenopausal benefits

The methodology of The Prune Study involved dividing participants into three groups: those following a no-prune diet, those consuming 50 grams of prunes daily and those consuming 100 grams of prunes daily.

Over the course of the study, participants underwent peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) scans every six months to assess bone health and changes.

The results revealed that participants who consumed at least 50 grams of prunes daily experienced significantly maintained bone strength in the shin bone (tibia), a critical indicator of overall bone health…

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