How Berries Promote Joint & Bone Health

A recent study funded by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service reported that an increased consumption of carotenoids was associated with some protection against bone loss.

Just as proper nutrition can keep your heart healthy and cholesterol levels low, science is beginning to show there might be a link between diet and bone and joint health.

Eighty percent of people in the U.S. with osteoporosis are women, and millions more have low bone mass, putting them at risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. Carotenoids are natural pigments found in plants that give fruits and vegetables their bright red, orange or yellow color. A recent USDA study reported that carotenoids can protect against boss loss.

In another study published in Osteoporosis International, women taking vitamins C and E in combination with exercise during a six-month period did not experience any bone loss, while women receiving a placebo did lose some bone.

Although formal nutrition recommendations about fruit and bone and joint health are still pending, we do know that berries including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are rich in vitamins C and E, so enjoying them with meals or snacks might be a smart preventive measure.