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How can eating plums and berries help me avoid osteoporosis?

Many experts believe that osteoporosis is an inflammatory condition, which means foods that counteract inflammation may help reduce your risk for osteoporosis, says Connie Weaver, PhD, who chairs the nutrition science department at Purdue University. According to research, two foods that are worth trying are berries and plums. "Animal studies are showing that berries and plums -- which are both rich in antioxidants -- help build bone, prevent bone loss, and improve the microarchitecture of bone," Weaver says. Even dried plums and berries may benefit bone health. A study at Florida State University found that postmenopausal women who ate 10 dried plums a day had higher bone density than those who consumed dried apples.

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