If you lead an active lifestyle or simply want to avoid both unnecessary injuries and potential disease, then it’s important to keep your bones healthy and strong. However, that can become harder as we get older.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, as you age, you begin to lose more bone than you form, which increases the risk of osteoporosis. This is can be problematic as osteoporosis can lead to fractures and falls as you age, leading to serious health conditions.
Fortunately, Singer also noted that “you can slow down that rate of bone loss if you take certain preventative steps.” That includes eating food that can keep your bones stronger, and when it comes to the best option for that particular purpose, that happens to be prunes, according to Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, founder of NutritionStarringYOU and author of The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook.
“One of my favorite bone health tips is to enjoy dried plums/prunes daily,” says Harris-Pincus. “Prunes are a source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, and polyphenols which have been shown to support bone health by increasing bone mineral density and reducing bone loss.”
At the same time, Harris-Pincus explains that “prunes are also known to help keep things ‘moving’ thanks to the fiber and natural sorbitol content.” That’s why, if prunes haven’t been a part of your regular diet, then “start slowly and work your way up to a full serving.”
What’s a full serving? “Aim for five a day chopped and tossed in yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, or a salad,” Harris-Pincus says. She adds that her “favorite trick is to store them in the freezer for a deliciously chewy and satisfying texture.”
To find out more about keeping your bones in tip-top shape, be sure to read This Supplement Could Be Key For Your Bone Health, New Study Suggests.