Tomato Juice and Bone Health

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 03/27/2014

Osteoporosis is a real problem, worldwide. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 200 million women worldwide have osteoporosis. Plus, every three seconds a bone fracture occurs that can be traced right back to osteoporosis.

Tomato Juice and Bone Health

It’s no wonder that Big Pharma is making a fortune off bone-loss drugs. But a new study shows the real cure for preventing osteoporosis could come right from your kitchen—not the pharmacy!

Study Links Tomato Juice and Bone Health

In a new study published in Osteoporosis International, University of Toronto researchers found that taking 30 mg of the nutrient lycopene a day—the amount found in just two glasses of tomato juice—could prevent brittle bone disease.

The reason is that lycopene has an antioxidant effect on bone health, decreasing oxidative stress and bone resorption. Or, to stay it in plain English, lycopene stopped bones from becoming thinner and more brittle, making it a natural way to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis.

How to Get Lycopene for Bone Health

But you don’t need to drink tomato juice to get that antioxidant protection. In addition to tomatoeswatermelon, guava, grapefruits, asparagus, red cabbage and persimmons all contain lycopene. Or, you can take a lycopene supplement for bone health. 

Plus, it’s not just women with osteoporosis who need more lycopene, it’s also important for prostate health. So, couples can be creative in how they get enough lycopene in their diets, or in supplements, so they can age gracefully together!

Now it’s your turn: Do you get enough lycopene for bone health?

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