According to recent research, published in the journal Immunity, probiotics can be used safely and efficiently to fight osteoporosis, widely-known as osteoporosis.
The researchers have used a mouse model to check the hypothesis. The mice received oral Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG supplement for more than 4 weeks.
Having analyzed the received data, the researchers found that the probiotic stimulated the growth of gut bacteria that produced a metabolite called butyrate which, in its turn, caused the production of a protein Wnt10b, vital for bone growth.
Senior study author Roberto Pacifici from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, says: “We were surprised by the potency of the gut microbiome in regulating bone and by the complexity of the mechanism of action of probiotics.”
A new research, conducted by the scientists from the Ohio State University, suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce the risk of bone loss in some women. As a rule, an anti-inflammatory diet is rich in healthy fats, plants, and whole grains.
For the study, the team of researchers investigated data from the Women’s Health Initiative study and compared the levels of inflammatory nutrients in the women’s diets with the bone mineral density levels and fracture incidence. These data were taken within the period between 1993 and 1998. Having analyzed the given data, the scientists discovered that women who ate more inflammatory diet were almost 50% higher risk of hip fracture.
Tonya Orchard, the lead researcher and an assistant professor of human nutrition at the Ohio State University, says: “[Our study] suggests that as women age, healthy diets are impacting their bones. I think this gives us yet another reason to support the recommendations for a healthy diet in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
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