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Surprising Nutrient Deficiency Linked to Osteoporosis

Surprising Nutrient Deficiency Linked to Osteoporosis

When most people think of osteoporosis, they assume it is caused by a calcium deficiency.  While there’s no doubt that calcium plays a role in the disease, the incidence of osteoporosis is highest in countries with the highest intake of calcium.  So that leaves room for doubt that just getting more calcium is enough to prevent this serious bone disease.

New research in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging found that another nutrient deficiency may be playing a role in the debilitating disease that currently affects more than 25 million elderly Americans, of whom 80 percent are women. Scientists at The Department of Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada restricted the intake of the nutrient lycopene for one month in healthy post-menopausal women.

They found that restricting lycopene for only one month caused a significant increase in markers for oxidative stress and breakdown of bone, and concluded that lycopene may help in the prevention of osteoporosis.  Technically, it’s more of a insufficiency than a deficiency, but obviously low levels of lycopene are harmful to the bones.  Prior to this study, research has focused on the anti-aging and anti-cancer effects of lycopene.

Fortunately, it’s easy to get more lycopene in your diet.  It’s primarily found in tomatoes (be sure to check out my blog 9 Reasons to Love Tomatoes) and watermelon (check out my blogs The Fruit that Works like Viagra and 3 Super-Healing Summer Melons), as well as red, yellow, and orange peppers.  When it comes to tomatoes, lycopene is best absorbed from cooked yellow and orange ones.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat raw red ones—just mix things up for best absorption.

Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.


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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:53PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013


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5:57PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

I eat more tomatoes than any other food :)

6:17AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Grreat info thanks.

10:59AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thanks, it is also great to exercise!!!

1:37AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Thank you :)

9:56AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

I think it's pointless to worry - it's better to be proactive and try to strengthen our bones. The article already goes some way towards putting us in the picture and a quick search on the care2 website is bound to provide us with more information.

9:54AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

TY. This is the first time I've read this.

8:02AM PST on Nov 26, 2012


5:15AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Good news. I love tomatoes. :-)

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