Research finds eating more blueberries makes bones stronger
According to foreign media reports on June 23, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research published a new study that found that eating more blueberries can make bones stronger and healthier.
A new study funded by the USDA and completed by Dr. Jinran Chen and his colleagues from the Kansas Children’s Nutrition Center has found that the compounds in blueberries play an important role in the development of strong and healthy bones in laboratory mice.
If this research is confirmed by human trials, it can be of great significance to solve human bone development problems and osteoporosis.
The researchers said that the blue, purple and red colored key polyphenolic compounds that make the fruit appear blueberry have a key role in the healthy and strong bone development of experimental mice.
Animal experiments found that the bone density of experimental mice fed with 10% blueberry lyophilized powder was significantly different from the proportion of experimental mice not fed with blueberry food.
When the researchers added laboratory-grown bone-forming cells “gergenbauer cells” (osteoblasts) to the plasma of recombinant mice, they found that the cells were transformed into mature functions in the plasma of experimental mice in the blueberry groupComplete skeletal cells.
Plasma phenolic acids (polyphenolic extracts) were higher in the blueberry group.
Studies have shown that phenolic acids have an important positive role in the formation of experimental rat bones.
The study also found that the process of phenolic acids stimulating bone growth may involve TCF and LEF genes and protein β-catenin.
Dr. Chen said that next human trials will be carried out to see if replacing these substances has the same or similar effects on human bone growth.