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For Stronger Bones, Add This to Your Diet
A new study shows that soluble corn fiber supplements can help younger women build bone mass and older women retain bone mass. Considered a prebiotic, corn fiber has been available as a supplement in the U.S. since 2007. Now it has been shown to help the body use calcium better during adolescence and after menopause.
Researchers found that as the soluble fiber is digested, short chain fatty acids that improve bone health form. In one study, 14 post-menopausal women received 0, 10, or 20 grams of soluble corn fiber a day for 50 days. In the second study, 31 teenage girls received 0, 10, or 20 grams per day for 3 weeks.
In older women, bone calcium improved 4.8 percent in women who took 10 gm supplements, and 7 percent in those who took the higher dose. In adolescents, both doses of the supplement increased calcium absorption by 12 percent. According to researchers, while calcium helps prevent bone loss, soluble fiber can improve calcium absorption.
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