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We all know that eating sufficient foods with calcium - such as cheese, yogurt and other milk based products - can help slow the bone density loss that occurs as we age.   These products - or other calcium products are vital to children's diet, as well as vigorous physical activity in the first twenty years of life, as this is when bone density grows.   As we get older, however, some loss is going to occur, even if we take supplements and exercise.  

Here's something that surprised me!   I have been unable to trace any source for it, so the entire quote has been printed from the October 14th, 1999 Miami Herald:

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an onion may be even better, according to a new study in Nature.   The reason:   It blocks the bone loss associated with osteoporosis.

In fact, it even increases bone density, the researchers say.

The researchers also found that large quantities of several other vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cucumber and garlic, were nearly as effective as onions."

The pain of osteoporosis and the fractures from porous, weak bones are one of the major causes of loss of mobility and independence in older persons.    Here's an excellent reason to eat lots of these veggies through one's entire life.

 

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