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Mom's Right: Eating lots of fruit is good for you, improving bone health and reducing osteoarthritis risk.

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Chalk up another one for the wisdom of Dr. Mom.

A new study published in Arthritis Research and Therapy suggests vitamin C and other antioxidants contained in fruit help reduce bone marrow lesions in the knee, which cause pain in osteoarthritis.

Initiated more than 10 years ago, the study followed 293 healthy adults without knee pain or injury, asking them to complete a food frequency questionnaire to measure their antioxidant intake. Ten years later, the researchers measured cartilage volume, bone area, cartilage defects and bone marrow lesions. The study suggests a beneficial effect of vitamin C intake is a reduction in bone size and the number of bone marrow lesions, meaning a reduced risk of painful knee osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 21 million people in the US alone. It?s associated with a breakdown of cartilage in joints and can occur in almost any joint in the body. The chance of developing the disease increases with age, but even people in their 20s and 30s can get osteoarthritis.

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