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This Bacteria Can Reduce Bone Loss

This Bacteria Can Reduce Bone Loss

Probiotics have been proven to reduce bone loss by 50 percent in seniors.

A tiny type of bacteria called lactobacillus, which is only 0.8 micrometers long, can create serious bone strength in older women. Swedish researchers looked at the impact of giving a daily dose of the probiotic for a year to 90 women age 76 or older and found it reduced their bone loss by 50 percent! And unlike medications given for osteoporosis (brittle bone disease), the probiotics had no side effects.

It is estimated that around 8.2 million women and 2 million men in the US have osteoporosis and an additional 27.3 million women and 16.1 million men have low bone mass (osteopenia). Fractures of the hip are a common result, severely compromising independent living and increasing risk of premature death. Around 72 percent of hip fractures in folks older than 65 happen to women.

So take note: Start a daily regimen of probiotic supplements (we like Culturelle, which has lactobacillus as in the study, and Digestive Advantage) and enjoy fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and kombucha. Plus, eat lots of prebiotic foods that nurture the bacteria in your guts. That includes garlic, onions, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, walnuts, wheat bran, asparagus, high-fiber 100 percent whole grain, veggies and fruits.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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