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California Table Grape Commission announced TODAY that consuming grapes may
help protect bone health, according to research presented this week at the
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research annual meeting in Baltimore,
Maryland. Natural components found in grapes are thought to be responsible for
these beneficial effects.
University’s eight-week study investigated the long-term benefits of grape
consumption on bone health using an animal model for menopause. An earlier
study had demonstrated short-term benefits with grape intake in these animals.
results showed that animals consuming a grape-enriched diet had improved bone
calcium retention compared to those fed the control diet without grapes.
Additionally, the grape-fed group had greater femur (thigh bone) thickness and
strength, a detection that could indicate risk for hip fracture.
57 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis or low bone mass, the effects
of which can be debilitating. Until the age of thirty, our bones naturally
rebuild themselves on a daily basis, but as we age, we begin to lose bone
women, this loss is accelerated during the transition to menopause. Bone
mineral density loss during menopause – once attributed solely to the loss of
estrogen – actually depends on a combination of factors.
results suggest that grapes can improve yet another important aspect of health
– our bones,” said Dr. Connie Weaver,
lead investigator of the study. “This is an exciting new area of grape research
that merits additional focus and study.”
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research is a professional, scientific
and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental
scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism.
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