(The Best Years in Life) Prunes build bone. Excuse me, dried plums build bone. Whatever the preferred moniker, research by Dr. Bahram Arjmandi from Florida State University shows that eating only 10 of these bite-sized sweets per day actually reverses osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
In a clinical study of 58 women, eating 100 grams of dried plums per day improved bone formation markers after only three months, compared to a control group served 75g of dried apples. This supported previous animal models showing increased bone density and improved bone structure on a microscopic level. In another study, benefits were seen in male rats with low testosterone levels, suggesting men with osteoporosis could benefit from a few daily dried plums as well. Read More.