Optimal Bone Health—You Mean Calcium Alone isn’t Enough?

. . . it’s a great start, but here’s how to finish well

Bone health is a serious matter for most seniors. In fact, by the year 2020, the National Osteoporosis Foundation predicts half of all Americans over age 50 can expect to have low bone density, or osteoporosis. Along with that, an increased risk for developing painful and debilitating fractures.

Maybe it’s already hit close to home…and goes something like this

Someone you know suffers a hip fracture without warning. They endure a long painful recovery. But still are unable to walk without assistance. Maybe, they’re confined to a nursing home. Or maybe their luck runs out. And within months, they die due to complications from the fracture.

This happens more often than you’d think. In fact, 1 out of 4 Americans who suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis die within three months.

Women are especially vulnerable. Osteoporosis kills more women each year than cancer of the breast, cervix, and uterus combined. Bone loss starts after you turn 30, and speeds up dramatically once you reach menopause.

But we strongly caution against taking toxic drugs for thinning bones. You’ll learn why when you read about this osteoporosis drug hoax.

Yet there is some good news for those of you who suffer from osteoporosis due to bone loss.  Despite the United States having one of the highest osteoporosis rates in the world, you can take steps today to ensure you never have to worry about your bone health again. Once you understand what causes osteoporosis, you too will be convinced it’s not just treatable—it’s entirely preventable!

Key to maintaining optimal bone health

Throughout life, our bone tissue constantly regenerates itself. Old bone gets reabsorbed, while new bone is created. Though we normally lose some bone mass as we get older, it’s only when this loss is accelerated that osteoporosis occurs.

We’ve written extensively about what speeds up bone loss. And these culprits generally fall into one of three categories…poor diet, lack of exercise, and bad habits. While bone loss is usually symptomless, you can check yourself against any of these significant risk factors for osteoporosis. Or, if your doctor favors getting tested, be aware that a new study reveals shortcomings in frequent bone-density testing.

But bone loss is only one component of osteoporosis. Lack of new bone formation is the other. To prevent and successfully treat osteoporosis, it’s important to increase new bone formation. Of the many vitamins and minerals critical to new bone formation, perhaps most noteworthy is calcium.

Yet calcium metabolism in the body is very complex. It requires other nutrients in exact quantities to ensure optimal bioavailability before it can go to work building bone.

For example, vitamin D regulates how much calcium is absorbed in the intestines. Magnesium and boron are essential to convert vitamin D to its bioactive form. Vitamin K2 is essential for directing calcium to where it’s needed in the body…and away from where it causes toxicity. Vitamin C, zinc, strontium, iodine, silica, and other nutrients—all in the right combination—support the formation of new bone by making calcium more bioavailable.

Clearly, calcium alone isn’t enough. It’s the reason most bone support supplements fail to prevent osteoporosis.

At Beyond Health, we’re proud to announce the return of our original Bone Mineral Formula. Designed to help people who have low calcium levels, it has all of the co-ingredients necessary to promote better absorption of the available calcium…so it gets into the bones where it can prevent—even reverse—osteoporosis.

Additionally, you can support bone health by eating a diet of organic dark leafy green vegetables, almonds, white beans, sunflower seeds, and more that are rich in calcium and other bone-supporting nutrients. Or, you can even read here why some people use olive oil for bone health.

Do you have a favorite healthy food source for bone-supporting nutrients? Please share it with us in the comment section below.

Sources:

http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Health-News/vitamin-d-bones-calcium-osteoporosis/2013/09/24/id/527439
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/calcium-food-sources_n_1451010.html
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/16/vitamin-k2.aspx
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