How does folate help keep my bones strong?

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The exact mechanism for this is not known. However, those with higher homocysteine levels and lower folate intakes are more likely to develop osteoporosis and have bone fractures. Adequate folate status is known to lower homocysteine levels. Also, those with the greatest folate intakes had higher bone mineral density.
Folate helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to increased risk of fractures (as well as cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease). In the Danish Osteoporosis Prevention Study, which tracked nearly 2,000 perimenopausal women over 10 years, a high dietary intake of folate was shown to have a positive impact on bone-mass density.

Top folate sources include spinach, asparagus, broccoli, romaine lettuce and oranges.

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