Researchers Peter M. Clifton, Yoona Kim, Jun-il Yoo, and Jennifer Keogh are investigating the effects of 12-month prune consumption on bone mineral density and bone turnover markers in Korean postmenopausal women with osteopenia.

According to the research team’s review of the literature, the prevalence of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures is growing more rapidly in South Korea than in any other country. To date, there have been no long-term clinical trials on the effects of prunes on bone density conducted among different ethnic groups. This year-long study of Korean postmenopausal women with osteopenia will investigate the effects of daily consumption of prunes (100g) on bone mineral density and bone turnover markers when compared to a calorie-matched cookie low in bioactives and fiber. Positive findings from this trial could expand the treatment options available to women with osteopenia and increase the consumption of prunes in Asian countries.

The study is a collaboration among researchers from Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea, and the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.