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A Milk Product Supplemented with a Herbal Extract for the Prevention of Osteoporosis: Justifications and Clinical Trial
International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 184-188
Received: Feb. 5, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 7, 2015; Published: Mar. 12, 2015
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Authors
Ping-Chung Leung, Institute of Chinese Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China; State Key Laboratory of Phytochemistry and Plant Resources in West China, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
William King-Fai Cheng, Institute of Chinese Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Winnie Wing-Man Lo, Institute of Chinese Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Erik Chun-Hay Ko, Institute of Chinese Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Sammy Wing-Sum Siu, Institute of Chinese Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Abstract
When osteoporosis presents as a disease, effective, quick therapeutic remedy is required. Potent effective pharmaceuticals are available. When osteoporosis is only a threat, prevention and not treatment should be a logical better choice. While the past two decades might have followed a radical treatment direction and adverse effects of potent bisphosphonates have started to appear, it is appropriate to explore effective means of using nutritional supplements specific for the maintenance of bone health when only active prevention is required. Traditional Chinese medicine works on the principle of physiological balance. One classical herb Fructus Ligustri Lucidi (FLL) has been studied in the laboratory for its bone protection effects which are found very positive. FLL is added to milk powder for daily consumption in a proper evidence-based clinical trial with a placebo group. The results showed that 39 women with post-menopausal period of 8.5±3.5 years, achieved an average increase of 0.97% in the spine bone mineral density (BMD) and a 1.47% increase in the hip score. No increase in body weight was found. It is therefore suggested that FLL could be a suitable bone health supplement in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Keywords
Milk, Osteoporosis, Herb, Chinese Medicine
To cite this article
Ping-Chung Leung, William King-Fai Cheng, Winnie Wing-Man Lo, Erik Chun-Hay Ko, Sammy Wing-Sum Siu, A Milk Product Supplemented with a Herbal Extract for the Prevention of Osteoporosis: Justifications and Clinical Trial, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, pp. 184-188. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20150402.20
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