Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bone Health

Foundations of Bone Health

“Get the Right Kind of Calcium. Too many health- conscious people believe that conventional calcium supplements (or conventional calcium plus vitamin D) can put an end to bone loss. They can’t. As multiple studies have documented, conventional calcium supplements – such as calcium gluconate, calcium citrate, calcium carbonate, and even calcium citrate-malate – slow, but do not halt or reverse, menopausal bone loss, whether taken alone or with vitamin D.4-18 Even a total daily calcium intake of 3000 milligrams of calcium from conventional sources isn’t enough to stop bone loss, let alone turn the decline around.12 You simply can’t force the bones to take in more calcium, and build more bone, by taking more and more calcium: the mineral itselfcan only support your existing bone mass, or the building of bone induced by the other factors in your skeletal health program.1,22 Read the Full Article

Vitamin D

Take Enough Vitamin D. Aside from improving calcium absorption, vitamin D is needed for proper muscle function, which may play a role in protecting against fractures by reducing falls.51 So getting enough vitamin D is important. And you simply can’t rely on the sun to meet your requirements, especially in Northern climates. Flat-out vitamin D deficiency is found in one third of otherwise-healthy Canadians at least once over the course of the year.52Indeed, the whole reason that our milk is now fortified with vitamin D is that rickets (bone disease caused by vitamin D deficiency) was epidemic in children in the Northern United States at the turn of the twentieth century – when kids spent a lot more time out-of-doors than do today’s adults. There’s a good reason for this: studies in human skin suggest that the amount of sun to which a person in Boston or Edmonton is exposed in the winter is not enough to make the body produce the vitamin. Read Full Article.

Strontium The First Bone Builder

We sometimes think of our bones as being like the columns of an ancient Greek building: rigid “pillars ofstrength”that are built in our youth but are then slowly worn away by the forces of time. But in fact, bone is a dynamic, livingtissue, like any other tissue in your body. While they seem unchanging, healthy bones are actually in a continuous process of remodeling and renewal.

Old bone is torn down (resorbed) by one class of specialized cells (osteoclasts), while another kind of bone cell (osteoblasts) is responsible for building up new bone tissue to replace it. The constant balance of resorption and new bone formation allows for the replacement of old, stressed, damaged tissue with healthy new bone, and also lets the body adjust its skeletal structure when it is subjected to new or changing stresses. bones by parathyroid hormone. They don’t actually increase the body’s ability to build newbone. Read Full Article

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