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After reaching their 40s, most women undergo several hormonal changes resulting in decreased bone density. This condition is commonly known as osteoporosis. It’s a debilitating bone disease that increases the risk of hip fractures at a later stage in life.
However, according to a study published in Food and Function, women with a higher intake of Vitamin K through diet have a comparatively lower risk of hip fractures at a later age.
The researchers analyzed hospitalization data spanning over 14.5 years of elderly Australian women in Perth. Their results revealed that women whose daily dietary Vitamin K intake was higher than 100 micrograms had a whopping 31% decreased risk of bone fractures than those who consumed less than 60 micrograms.
In addition, the research revealed that higher vitamin K intake in women was linked to 49% lesser hip fracture hospitalizations.
Per Harvard, foods rich in Vitamin K include dark green leafy vegetables, soybean and canola oil, fortified foods, eggs, legumes, and nuts.
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