Supplements for those at risk of osteoporosis
Published 08/10/2016 | 00:00
Osteoporosis means 'porous bones', where bone density is reduced and there is an increased risk of fracture. Bones change constantly being broken down and rebuilt. However, problems arise when the rate of renewal does not keep up with the rate of breakdown, the result being bone loss and fragile bones.
It's often diagnosed after a fall where you break a bone. This is a shame because there are other signs to watch for. For example, loss in height, back pain, changes in your posture, or developing a hump on your upper back. Osteoporosis can be so severe that you could break a bone when you cough or sneeze.
Some risk factors include family history, extreme dieting, irregular periods, being post-menopausal, having taken steroids, or antacids. Other risk factors include smoking, past or present, low level of physical activity and if you had an early menopause.
Calcium is stored in your skeleton and is used as a buffer to neutralise acid. This means that the more acidic your diet becomes the more calcium can be leeched from your bones and the higher the risk of fractures. The most acid producing foods are animal proteins including meat and cheese. Milk and yoghurt are more alkaline.
Supplements to consider include Calcium it not only improves bone density but also reduces the risk of fractures. Magnesium and Vitamin D3 are important to aid absorption of calcium. Vitamin C is the manufacturer of collagen, the 'cement' that holds the bone matrix together. Boron is an important mineral as it aids the conversion of vitamin D into its active form, which, in turn, is necessary for calcium absorption. A good 'bone' supplement which contains all the above nutrients plus digestive enzymes, is NHP's OsteoSupport. Vitamin K is essential to help maintain your bone density and can be taken alongside NHP OsteoSupport for optimum bone support.
Exercise is important include a combination of walking, dancing, or weight-bearing exercises. Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is the UK's leading nutritionist and author of 'Osteoporosis how to prevent, treat and reverse it'. This is an easy to read book with lots of advice and information.
If you think that you may be at risk don't delay, get a bone density test done and talk to a nutritional expert about this condition. Look after yourself, no one else will!