Flax seed oil may reduce the risk of osteoporosis

Researchers at the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt have released a statement saying that flax seed oil may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis or bone loss, The Brilliant Stories reports.

The team first conducted an analysis of the blood and urine of 70 female rats, some of which had diabetes. They also included rats that had had their ovaries removed, so as to simulate post-menopause. Controls were put in place that did not have flax seed oil added to their diet.

Mer Harvi, one of the researchers, stated that by adding flax seed oil to their diet, the concentrations of serum insulin-like growth factor 1 and the bone-creating protein osteocalcin were enhanced.

Also, there were higher levels of deoxypyridinoline in the urine, which indicates that bone was reabsorbed, since healthy bone contains deoxypyridinoline.

The report was published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, one in three women and one in five men over 50 years old will experience fractures due to osteoporosis.