Maintaining Bone Health with Carotene

In a recent study, it was found that natural dyes found in plants can help avoid bone loss in elderly men and women. research conducted by the ARS (Agricultural Research Service) which was published in an online journal in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Research conducted by epidemiologist Katherine Tucker and Jean Mayer from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston, USA.

The studies that have been carried out consistently show that the intake of fruits and vegetables is good for bones. biological antioxidants in fruits and vegetables such as carotenoids, protect cells and tissues from damage due to free radicals in the body. Certain nutrients from plants can protect bones by reducing exposure to oxidation and preventing bone destruction or absorption of bone calcium by blood.

The researcher examined the potential effect of intake of several carotene compounds including alpha carotene, beta carotene, beta cryptoxantin, lycopene and lutein along with zeaxantin individually or a combination of mineral density found in bone.

The study was conducted by observing changes in bone mineral density in the pelvic and hip bones of volunteers aged an average of 75 years who participated in the Framingham Osteoporosis Study program. Among the volunteers 213 men and 390 women were studied for 4 years.

During the 4-year observation, carotene was linked to preventing loss of bone mineral density in the pelvic bone of men and covering the waist in humans. There is no significant effect on other bone-bones observed.

The results of this study revealed the protective effect of carotene, especially lycopene on bone damage in the elderly. The researcher concluded that there was an effect of carotene in protecting against bone damage.

To see the carotene content in food ingredients, can be seen at the ARS Nutrient Data Laboratory