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Getting The Dark Green Light

Older women, who account for the majority of Americans who suffer hip fractures each year, may help themselves by eating more dark-green vegetables.

Studies show that adequate consumption of vitamin K, an important activator of three proteins essential to bone health, may decrease the risk of hip fractures due to lower bone-mineral density among women of any age. The richest sources of vitamin K include dark-green vegetables, such as kale, collard green, and watercress. Just one daily serving of spinach (1 1/2 cups fresh) or two of broccoli (1/2 cup per serving) more than covers the RDA of phylloquinone (the form that vitamin K takes in green vegetables). The best way to deal with hip fractures is to prevent them.

Another good way to prevent hip fractures is to improve your strength and balance through simple exercises. Here at our facility we can work with you to develop an individualized exercise plan that helps you maintain your physical skills as you get older. We treat balance disorders, arthritis, chronic and acute pain, and provide post-accident and post-surgery rehabilitation services. Have your doctor call 949-429-3220 to find out what we can do for you.

P.S. Dihydrophylloquinone, a less active form of vitamin K found in hydrogenated margarines, is completely inactive as a bone-forming protein.