Food for bone density. There are some foods that are helpful for you if you have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. One of these is the common onion. Onions? Yes, onions.
Onions. Several studies since 2005 that show Onions slow the resorption of bone. (That is the break down and removal of bone by our Osteoclasts.)
One of the reasons why many of us develop
Osteopenia or Osteoporosis as we age is that our bone building cells
(Osteoblasts) slow down after age 33 -35 but our Osteoclast cells (Those that
remove old bone) keep working at their ordianry level. So our bodies
remove more bone than they build and we develop thin or porous bones.But eating onions can help.
Scientists have been trying to figure out just what chemicals in the onions are responsible for slowing the work of our Osteclasts (bone resorption cells).
In 2005 a group of researchers in Bern found that an amma-glutamyl peptide found in onions slowed the resorption of bone (removal of old bone) and that nothing else in onions seemed to have any effect, so they concluded the amma-glutamyl was responsible. (Their research gives the chemical formula of the exact peptide but I am not sure that is what your really want to know. What counts to us is that Onions can slow bone loss.)
In that same year of 2005 researches in England concluded that the
silicon content in Onions might be helping in building new bone. As
noted elsewhere on this web site, silicon is necessary for turning anycalcium that you ingest into bone.This is why it is important to get enough silicon in your diet or that it be included in any supplements you take. See: Silica and bone
But any case, Onions appear to be helpful for those wanting in increase their bone density.
If you are concerned about your bone loss, You might want to add some raw onion to your salads and some cooked ones to hot meals.
I know that there are some people who eat onion sandwiches! I am not one of them. But since reading the research I have tried to add more onion to my diet. It is is a Food for bone density is both easy to use and inexpensive. Why not add it to your bone building plan?
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