We all know we should get in calcium each day for bone health, but, according to the American Dietetic Association, new studies show that iron can actually help increase bone strength. A study was done by researchers at the University of Arizona and the University of Arkansas and they found that postmenopausal women who consumed 18 milligrams or more of iron each day had the greatest bone mineral density levels. According to ADA , “The role of iron in bone density may be linked to its role in the production of collagen, a key component of our bones.
Foods high in iron include meats (beef, poultry, fish) and beans. Research shows that the greatest bone health is seen with a balance of calcium and iron.
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