Enjoy fatty fish like salmon to help keep your bones strong. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that women with the highest levels of omega-3s in their blood — whether from supplements like DHA-omega-3, or walnuts, flax or fish — had the lowest risk of hip fractures. According to researchers, inflammation is linked to an increased risk of bone loss and fractures, and omega-3 fatty acids are believed to reduce inflammation. Nearly one in five women (and almost as many men) will suffer a fractured hip in their lifetime. Most young people bounce back from broken bones, but only half of elderly folks who sustain a broken hip will return to independent living. Do what you can to protect and strengthen your bones now to help reduce the risk of fractures later. The great news: If you’ve been eating fish to keep your brain younger, feel good knowing that you’re doing your hips a delicious favor too.
source: the Cleveland Clinic Wellness site