It is now well known that our modern acidic diet is having a detrimental effect on bone health and that by making our diet more alkaline we can reduce calcium loss, decrease bone resorption and also increase bone mineral density.
Dr Reto Krapf of the University of Basel in Switzerland and colleagues conducted a study of 161 post-menopausal women with osteopenia whose average age was 59. In a randomised, double-blind trial they gave half of the women an alkaline supplement to take and the other half a neutral (not acid or alkaline) supplement.
After six to 12 months, the researchers conducted bone mineral density tests on the participants’ lower spine and hips.
The group taking the alkaline supplement showed a one percent increase in bone mineral density in the lumbar spine area, as well as a one percent increase in bone density in the hips.
Conversely, the group taking the neutral supplement experienced a one percent loss of bone density at both test sites. The researchers also found the women taking the alkaline supplement lost less calcium through their urine than those taking the neutral one.
The important message here is that we need to eat a more alkaline diet with more fruit and vegetables in order to protect ourselves against loss of bone density and osteoporosis.
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