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Wellness Tip

Yogurt for Strong Bones

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you’re trying to keep your aging bones strong, yogurt may be your best dairy choice, suggests a recent study in Osteoporosis International.

Researchers correlated the intake of dairy and other foods with bone mineral density in 4,300 older people in Ireland and found that yogurt (but not milk or cheese) was associated with higher bone mineral density (BMD) and other markers of bone health. After adjusting for body weight, physical activity, overall diet quality, and other factors related to bone health, they found that each additional weekly serving of yogurt was associated with higher BMD and thus a reduced risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Some previous research, including the Framingham Offspring Study, also linked fermented milk products like yogurt to stronger bones.

Also see How to Read a Yogurt Label.