Onions May Fight Osteoporosis

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Onions could help ward off osteoporosis, the thinning of the bones that often comes with age.

If so, the popular vegetable could bolster bones while perking up taste buds, suggests a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Before you order a bowl of French onion soup, consider this. So far, the evidence just comes from tests on bone cells taken from rats. There's no reason not to eat onions, but it's too soon to say if they'll help your bones or how much onion it takes.

Bone Basics

Lots of factors affect bones. Some are out of your hands, such as age, certain medical conditions, and the use of some prescription drugs.
However, other factors are in your control. They include eating healthfully, not smoking or drinking too much alcohol, and getting weight-bearing exercise, like walking.

Starting those healthy habits early in life is best, but it's never too late to do your best. Some people with osteoporosis may also take medications to hold the line on bone loss.

Bones normally thin with age, but osteoporosis isn't inevitable. In women, osteoporosis usually develops after menopause; among men, it's usually seen after age 65. Being small-boned or thin and having a family history of osteoporosis are also risk factors. A bone mineral density test can check for osteoporosis.