Osteoporosis and Olives
Updated: Nov 17
If you are concerned about osteoporosis and want to strengthen and protect your bones then olives and olive oil could help!
Research studies reveal that olives, olive oil or olive polyphenols have properties that can protect our bones.
Olives contain high levels of phenolic compounds. Phenolic compounds work as effective antioxidants in our bodies as they mop up harmful free radicals which can cause problems to our bodies.
Olives (phenolic compounds) are a good source of antioxidants and also have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
Since olives can improve our bone health, they may in particular help people with osteoporosis. Now that science has revealed the bone strengthening properties of olives, further specific studies in to osteoporosis have been proposed.
Why do we get osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis occurs when we get too much bone loss. Bone loss means low calcium levels in our existing bone tissue. Loss of calcium causes bone thinning and low bone mass density. Lack of antioxidants and inflammation may also lead to osteoporosis or weak bones.
An olive oil enriched diet can improve healthy new bone formation and strength! Olives will improve calcium levels to our bones too. With their antioxidant effect, they can mop up harmful free radicals in the body and soothe inflammation.
Following a Mediterranean diet is a really good start, look out for our next blog about this. Meantime check out our previous blog recipes for: Olive Tapenade and Bone Strength – and of course feel free to drizzle the pasta with extra virgin olive oil and a handful of diced olives.
We have had great success at Nutripanda with stabilising and even increasing bone density with and bone mass through diet. Should you wish to discuss your own health concerns then please get in touch.