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A study claims that in switching to a Mediterranean diet which is rich in olive oil protects and strengthens aging bones.
Dr. José Manuel Fernández-Real, lead author of this study, explains the benefit associated with olive oil, in saying, “The intake of olive oil has been related to the prevention of osteoporosis in experimental and in-vitro models. This is the first randomized study which demonstrates that olive oil preserves bone, at least as inferred by circulating bone markers, in humans.”
Researchers found that those who used olive oil in their diet had higher levels of osteocalcin that strengthens aging bones. Also, they found that people who lived in Northern European nations were more likely to suffer from osteoporosis as opposed to those who live in the Mediterranean region – leading them to the conclusion that it is the differences in diet between the two.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, came to this conclusion by the participation of patients who either had high blood pressure or Type 2 Diabetes.
The men, mostly between the age of 55 and 80, in this study were assigned three different diets such as a low-fat diet, Mediterranean diet with mixed nuts and a Mediterranean diet with at least 50 ml of virgin olive oil a day. The participants were also advised to use olive oil in dressing and cooking salads while consuming more fruits and vegetables and avoiding red meat.
After a period of two years, the group that were on the Mediterranean diet with olive oil showed a marked increase in concentrations bone formation markers such as osteocalcin among others.