(The breakthrough getting the most press these days is vitamin D3, but we covered that over a year ago. Archives on this and other cutting edge natural treatments for osteoporosis such as strontium and vitamin K2, plus bone basics, can all be found in our newsletter archives).
A study published last October in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who consumed four or more cola drinks a week had lower bone densities than women who did not, regardless of other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and calcium intake. Men, oddly, did not appear to be affected. The study, spearheaded by Katherine Tucker of Tufts University, relied on dietary questionnaires of over 2,500 people. Although it was not entirely clear why cola appeared to lower bone mineral density, Dr. Tucker theorized that it may be the phosphoric acid. Other sodas that did not contain phosphoric acid did not appear to lower bone mineral density.