Dietary acid could play role in osteoporosis treatment

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For the first time ever, new research has shown that partially reversing the acidity of the diet can help increase bone mass in postmenopausal women with thinning bones.

Researchers studied 161 women with sub-par bone mineral density and found that those given potassium citrate showed significant increases in bone density at the spine and hip compared with the women given potassium chloride.

Potassium citrate, known by the brand name Urocit-K, is generally prescribed to prevent the formation of kidney stones that are caused by high levels of calcium or uric acid in the urine. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.