November 2010 Issue

Powerful Nutrition for Strong Bones

Fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, tomato products, flaxseed. What do these foods have in common? They are all linked to bone health. When you’re young, you may take bones for granted. As you mature, you become concerned about keeping them in tip-top shape. And with good reason; low bone mass (or bone density, the amount of matter in bones) and deterioration of bone tissue structure leads to osteoporosis, which in turn, puts you at increased risk for bone fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), an estimated 44 million Americans are at risk for the condition, including 55 percent of people 50 years old and above. About 10 million individuals already have osteoporosis, and almost 34 million already have low bone mass.

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