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March 17, 2022 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Prunes for Bone Health

We already know that prunes are great for gut health, and thanks to a new study, it seems prunes are wonderful foods for our bones as well. 

For this report, scientists analyzed data from 36 previous studies, 16 in rodents and 12 in humans. Taken together, the data indicate that prunes can protect us from the predictable loss of bone density that begins to occur after the age of 40. Prunes house a number of bone-healthycompounds, including vitamin K, several key minerals, fiber, and numerous anti-inflammatory polyphenols. 

The scientists speculate that the constellation of these nutrients ultimately dampen the oxidation and inflammation known to drive bone loss with age. And it seems a daily dose of 5-6 will do the trick. 

I adore prunes and include them most days in my diet. I love to combine them with my post-lunch dark chocolate—a luscious combo!

Advances in Nutrition, 2022; DOI: 10.1093/advances/nmab162