Three ways to improve your bone health in honor of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20

Three ways to improve your bone health in honor of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20

Sunsweet Growers encourages consumers to enjoy prunes and healthy activities every day to benefit bone health

YUBA CITY, Calif., October 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of World Osteoporosis Day, Sunsweet Growers reminds consumers to strive for bone health by adding bone-supporting foods and healthy activities to their daily routine. Sunsweet is an official partner of World Osteoporosis Day, a globally recognized celebration in October 20 organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to educate the public on the importance of bone health.

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Bones stay healthy through a constant process of repair, renewal, and mineral release. With age, the remodeling process can become unbalanced, and over time this weakens the bones. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle, increasing the risk of them breaking. According to the IOF, it is estimated that an osteoporotic fracture occurs every three seconds worldwide.1 That’s why Sunsweet wants to help spread the word about the importance of building strong bones. It’s never too early or too late to improve bone health.

Here are three ways to boost bone health:

  1. Add prunes to your daily routine
    Multiple research studies have shown prunes to be an important food-based choice for supporting bone health throughout life. In a study recently published in the American journal of clinical nutritionresearchers found that eating 5-6 prunes daily for twelve months preserved hip bone mineral density and reduced the risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women.two Another year-long study also found positive effects on markers of bone health after men ate 10 to 12 prunes per day for a year.3
    Prunes have vitamins and minerals that likely work together to protect bones, including fiber, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, boron, copper, and polyphenols.4 Plus, it’s easy to add prunes to your everyday snacks and meals. Check out Sunsweet’s recipe page for ideas. here.
  2. Enter the weekly activity
    Creating a bone-healthy lifestyle can be about more than eating healthy. Trying to exercise for at least 30 to 40 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week, with weight-bearing and resistance exercises can help maintain bone health. 5 Running, dancing, biking, playing tennis, or lifting weights can all be fun ways to incorporate exercise into your weekly routine.
  3. Visit your doctor regularly
    For specific recommendations and evaluations, visit your doctor regularly and learn about your risk factors. If you have had a previous fracture, have a family history of osteoporosis, or take specific medications that affect bone health, it is important to let your doctor know so they can evaluate you and provide medical advice.6

“Incorporating regular exercise and bone-supporting foods like prunes into your daily lifestyle is key to supporting bone health throughout your life,” says Sunsweet partner, registered dietitian and exercise psychologist, Angie Ashche, MS, RD, CSSD. “Whether you’re a professional athlete or my family, I recommend tossing a few packets of prunes into an exercise bag or purse for an on-the-go snack or to add to meals you’re already eating. Prunes are versatile and easy to add to any daily routine!”

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About Sunsweet
Sunsweet Growers Inc., established in 1917, has over 100 years of experience and heritage in producing the highest quality dried fruit and juices. the Yuba City, CaliforniaThe cooperative based on more than 200 growers/members is a world leader in prunes and related products. The product portfolio includes a full line of nut-based snacks and beverages, helping people achieve their wellness goals with healthy and convenient food options. For more information on Sunsweet products, visit

  2. De Souza MJ, Strock NCA, Williams NI, Lee H, Koltun KJ, Rogers C, Ferruzzi MG, Nakatsu CH, Weaver C. Prunes Preserve Hip Bone Mineral Density in a 12-Month Randomized Controlled Trial in Postmenopausal Women : the Prune study. I’m J Clin Nutr. Jul 7, 2022: nqac189. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqac189. Epub before printing. PMID:5798020.
  3. Hooshmand, et al. Effects of consuming 100 g of dried plums for 12 months on bone biomarkers, density, and strength in men. Journal of Medicinal Foods. 2022 25:1, 40-47.
  4. Arjmandi, Bahram H et al. “Bone-protective effects of dried plums in postmenopausal women: efficacy and possible mechanisms”. Nutrients vol. 9.5 496. may 14. 2017doi:10.3390/nu9050496

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