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According to a recent study at the University of Surrey in Surrey, England, potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate), which are plentiful in fruits and vegetables, play an important role in improving bone health. The results also showed that these potassium salts contained in fruits and vegetable reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength. 1
Published in the journal Osteoporosis International, this study also revealed that high intake of potassium salts significantly reduces the excretion of calcium and acid in urine.
Eating more fruits and vegetables could be a way to improve bone strength and prevent osteoporosis. Fruits highest in potassium are dried apricots, prunes, dates, dried currants and raisins, dates, dried figs, dried coconut, avocados, bananas, kiwi fruit, and nectarines and peaches. Vegetables with the highest potassium content include sun dried tomatoes, spinach, Swiss chard, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, kale, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, green snap beans, and asparagus.
If you have been diagnosed with bone loss, we have a medically-approved natural supplement called Osteoben for the treatment and improvement of osteoporosis.
Helen Lambert, Lynda Frassetto, J. Bernadette Moore, David Torgerson, Richard Gannon , Peter Burckhardt and Susan Lanham-New. The effect of supplementation with alkaline potassium salts on bone metabolism: a meta-analysis. Osteoporosis International, January 2015 DOI: 10.1007/s00198-014-3006-9
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition.