Salad for Strong Bones
During National Osteoporosis Prevention Month, aka May, you're likely to hear lots of suggestions to help keep your bones healthy. Tracy Gaudet, M.D., may well have the easiest: Have a salad. "Women of all ages should eat a bone-strengthening diet," says the Body+Soul columnist and director of Duke University's Center for Integrative Medicine. "The salad bar is a great place to start." She cites a study that found that women who ate a serving of lettuce daily had dramatically lower rates of hip fracture. Garden-variety lettuce -- even anemic-looking iceberg -- is a good source of vitamin K, which helps make the protein found in bones, she says. Since greens of all kinds -- especially the dark leafy ones -- harbor bone-building nutrients, eat them daily.
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