How does prebiotic fiber help keep my bones healthy?

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Prebiotic fiber is thought to improve bone-mineral density. In a Baylor College of Medicine study, researchers examined the cumulative effects of prebiotic-fiber intake in a test group of 100 children, ages 9 to 13. After one year, those children who had been on a regimen of 8 grams of supplemental prebiotic fiber per day had increased calcium retention and bone density compared with those who had been given a placebo. Top prebiotic fiber sources include bananas, leeks, onions, garlic, artichokes and asparagus.

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