Drinking mineral water could help prevent osteoporosis in women and children, according to a new study.
The research, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was led by Dr. Paul T. Bogaerts, director of the UCLA Center for Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
It was conducted in California and was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the California State Treasurer’s Office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the American Heart Association.
It found that calcium in the urine of women who drank mineral water daily reduced the risk of developing osteoporsosis by 20 percent compared to those who drank no mineral water.
The results also showed that those who did not drink mineral water also had lower bone mineral density.
While most women are aware of the benefits of mineral water and its other benefits, the research found that women who were overweight or obese had a 40 percent greater risk of osteopurosis than those who were healthy.
Women who had a history of bone fractures, osteopetrosis, or osteoparasitis, as well as those with diabetes and high blood pressure, were also more likely to develop osteoporos.
Bogaert said in a statement that women should make sure they get their calcium and vitamin D from foods, supplements, and drinks, which should include foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and fortified dairy products.
If you have a family history of osteopenia, including osteopóstic disease, you can take calcium from your diet, including from fortified milk and dairy products, Bogaorts said.
But women who are not already taking calcium from foods or supplements could also benefit from mineral water for osteoporus prevention.
The study authors said that, while the study did not prove that mineral water causes osteoposis, the findings were “not likely to be biased.”
The results of the study are in line with previous studies, which have found that drinking mineral water can prevent osteopenias in women.
The UCLA researchers said that the findings of their study are not yet definitive, but they hope that the research will encourage other researchers to do more research to better understand the health benefits of drinking mineral waters.
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