A recent clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutrition reveals that consuming the recommended amounts of vegetables may improve bone health and support bone-related health outcomes. Lifestyle strategies that support healthy bones throughout life are of paramount importance. As mbg's director of scientific affairs Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., explains: "A nutrient-dense diet has to be at the top of a bone-loving strategy list, and vegetables represent a significant contributor to nutrient density in a well-balanced diet."
Ferira continues: "Given the (astounding) fact that 90% of U.S. adults fail to consume recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables on the daily, the opportunity to improve our veggie intake is ripe."
Carotenoids support bone health
While it's not surprising that eating more vegetables would result in improved carotenoid status in the body, these phytonutrients also affect our bones. ‘While carotenoids might be famous for supporting eye health and giving fruits and vegetables such as papayas, pumpkins, carrots, and sweet potatoes their bright orange color, it turns out they have even more to offer us nutritionally and functionally when it comes to our bones’.
In addition to enhancing your immune system and providing essential nutrients, vegetables may be a powerful tool to care for our bones. Adding carotenoid-rich foods to our diets can support bone health throughout people’s lives.