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Olive Oil Benefits Bones

Olive Oil in Diet

  Already touted for heart health and other benefits, the so-called Mediterranean diet may also be good for your bones, especially when it’s served with extra olive oil. Spanish researchers report that a Mediterranean-style diet, enriched with olive oil, improved blood markers associated with bone formation. They compared a low-fat control diet with a Mediterranean diet enriched with either nuts or olive oil among 127 men, ages 55 to 80, participating in the large PREDIMED clinical trial of the diet’s cardiovascular effects. Over 2 years of testing, only the diet with extra olive oil showed bone-marker benefits; consumption of olives was also positively associated with indicators of bone health. Researchers commented, “The intake of olive oil has been related to the prevention of osteoporosis in experimental and in vitro models. This is the first randomized study which demonstrates that olive oil preserves bone, at least as inferred by circulating bone markers, in humans.” — Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. More....

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