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Potassium lowers the risk of osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a disease where more bone is broken down than is naturally able to replenish and mend. Recently, researchers at the University of Surrey have found that potassium salts can reduce bone resorption, which is the process by which bones are broken down and subsequently weakened.

According to the results of this new study published in the journal Osteoporosis International, potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate) plentiful in fruit and vegetables play an important part in improving bone health, and can lower the risk of developing osteoporosis. These salts are found readily in fruit and vegetables including potatoes, bananas, and tomatoes.

Eating a potassium-rich diet not only maintains bone health, but it also reduces the amount of calcium and acid secreted in your urine. Lead author of the study, Dr Helen Lambert, explains the importance of maintaining this balance: “This means that excess acid is neutralised and bone mineral is preserved.”

According to Lambert, “Excess acid in the body, produced as a result of a typical Western diet high in animal and cereal protein, causes bones to weaken and fracture. Our study shows that these salts could prevent osteoporosis, as our results showed a decrease in bone resorption.”

Although bone resorption and bone formation is a natural process, allowing bones to grow, heal and adapt, in osteoporosis, more bone is broken down than is built up, leading to fragility and fractures.

Poor bone health can affect anyone, but it is more prevalent in women, and those over the age of 50.

#Osteoporosis #Potassium #BoneHealth #FruitsandVegetables #BoneLoss

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