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This crazy ‘vegetable flower’ makes your bones SHATTER-PROOF

You may look fine on the outside… 

But it feels like you’re crumbling to pieces on the inside. 

Your once sturdy frame is failing you – and you’re afraid the next step you take will make you shatter into a million bits 

Brittle bones AREN’T just a fact of life. And you don’t have to spend your “golden years” trying to recover from a fracture. 

Some older folks NEVER bounce back from a bone break… and suffer from PERMANENT disability.  

Getting MORE bone scans isn’t the answer. Neither is taking the bone meds that have been shown to actually INCREASE your fracture risk! 

Fortunately, there’s a time-tested way to strengthen your skeleton… and the key may be locked inside an exotic, edible flower! 

A flower for your frailty 

As far back as 8,000 years ago, Native Americans planted three companion crops together because they benefited from the close proximity to one another 

They called them the Three Sisters. 

The first was maize. Its cornstalk provided support for the second crop, climbing beans, and shade for the third crop, squash 

The beans provided nitrogen for all three crops… and the squash vines limited weeds by providing ground cover. 

We don’t know for sure exactly which squashes they were cultivating. They could have been any of the genus Cucurbita in the gourd family 

But they were probably summer squashes like zucchini (Cucurbita pepo), which grew native to ancient Mesoamerica. 

It wasn’t just the vegetable that they harvested… but also the zucchini flowers, a.k.a. squash blossoms 

Archaeologists have found images of squash blossoms among the earliest known rock carvings of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. 

The Zuni tribe of present-day New Mexico particularly loved of squash blossoms – not only cooking and eating them, but forging silver and turquoise jewelry that depicted them. 

The “squash blossom necklace” is still one of the most commonly found pieces of Native American jewelry.  

Why has such a blossom – of a vegetable, no less – persisted for so long? 

The answer might be its health benefits. 

The squash blossom is a uniquely abundant source of calcium.   

That’s why farmers feed squash blossoms to chickens that lay thin-shelled eggs – they need more calcium! 

And that’s why the Native Americans fed squash blossoms to their revered elders who suffered from thin, brittle bones.  

According to a 2015 review of medicinal flowers, squash blossoms slam the brakes on the progression of osteoporosis… and can make the symptoms DISAPPEAR. 

These bone-building blooms also contain other nutrients that are helpful in the management of osteoporosis, including: 

  • phosphorus, a natural bone strengthener 
  • iron, as it affects bone metabolism 
  • folic acid (vitamin B9), which detoxifies the fracture-inducing amino acid homocysteine  
  • vitamin A, a deficiency of which is linked to fractures, and  
  • vitamin C, which increases bone density.   

Skip the canned versions and get fresh ones, which you can eat them raw or cooked

You can find them in season right now (in June and July) at farmers markets and at specialty produce retailers.  

Italian restaurants bread and fry them (not the healthiest choice), and traditional Mexican restaurants add them to soups and quesadillas.  

Or grow your own! Eat only the male flowers, which don’t turn into squash.  

Male blooms typically grow around the outer edges of the plant… and don’t have a small, bulbous fruit at the base of the blossom where it meets the stem. 

You’d have to eat bushels of squash blossoms a day to get ALL the bone benefits you need… especially if osteoporosis has already set in. 

In addition to getting these nutrients from dietary sources, you’ll want to also supplement with a bone support formula