Skeletal and Bone System Concerns: Bone density, osteoporosis (porous bones), joint pain, structural issues, osteopenia.
Bones provide the skeletal structure of the body to support the attachment of muscles and organs.
There are over 206 bones to care for and they literally become porous and brittle if not taken care of. When you add in the many joints that have also deteriorated and that are now painful to use because of arthritis and other conditions, life becomes very difficult.
Breaking a bone can extract a terrible toll on quality of life and limited mobility. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says that osteoporosis causes more than 2 million fractures a year – 50% of women and 25% of men over 50. In the United States, more than 25 million people have osteoporosis! The chances of falling after 55 increases rapidly and breaking a leg, arm, or hip can be serious. Frequent loss of balance and falling as well as tripping over objects and slipping on floors wreak havoc on the elderly.
The biggest problem about building support and providing nourishment is the need for several vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to work in synergy to build bones and joints. A bone complex with all these ingredients is best to maximize absorption of calcium and the other co-nutrients. A joint complex is the same way and needs several nutrients to work best. (See Musculoskeletal for joint pain and care.)
Important Nutrients – Collagen, Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorous, Vitamin D, magnesium and citrate, vitamin K, zinc, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), lycopene, silica, boron, manganese, copper, Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), potassium/citrate.
Food Sources – Milk, salmon, tuna, blue fish, Total raisin bran, low fat yogurt, leafy greens such as collard, chicory, kale, spinach, bok choy, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, nuts, beets, pineapple, seeds.
Herb Sources – Horsetail, turmeric extract B, plant derived estrogen, Devil’s Claw
Popular Supplements for Bone Health:
Bone complex – promotes general bone density and health.
• KAL, Bone Defense , 90 caps; 3 caps daily (body can only absorb 600mg of calcium at a time)
• NOW, Silica Complex w/horsetail extract, 180 tablets, 1 to 3/day
• Country Life, Calcium, magnesium, complex w/D3, 120 tablets, 4/day
Vitamin D3 – Is a very important nutrient for numerous conditions. It helps build bones, improve immunity, moderate depression, support heart health, and even resist cancer risk.
• Nature’s Way, Vitamin D3, 2,000IU, 250 capsules, 1/day
Collagen Type I & 3 – provide the nutrients to support the bone, skin, hair, and nails.
• Bluebonnet, Beautiful Ally, Collagen I&III, 1,000 mg, w/Vitamin C, 90 capsules,1/day • Doctor’s Best, Collagen I & III w/Peptan, 180 Tablets, 3/day
Protein powder – amino acids needed for bone and muscular growth • Optimum Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein, 2 lbs, 29 servings
Potassium – helps build bones in battling osteoporosis..
• Solaray, BioCitrate Potassium, 99mg, 60 capsules, 1/day.
Cautions – Dosages should be taken as instructed on the bottle(s). Excessive consumption can result in complications. Too much supplemental magnesium can cause diarrhea, when supplementing more than 400 mg per day. You’ll know! Vitamin K can interfere with blood thinning drugs but is also an important vitamin. Consult your physician.
If you are pregnant or lactating, please read the warning labels on the products and consult with your physician before consuming.
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