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*Nourishing your bones can help:
*Improve your overall health
*Speed the healing of broken bones
*Prevent and even reverse osteoporosis
*Prevent arthritis and help arthritic joints to heal
BUILDING BETTER BONES
Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone density that causes skeletal weakness. Prior to the 1970s, osteoporosis was considered rare and was only diagnosed in the elderly after a fracture. This problem has become epidemic in both the United States and many European countries.
Studies by the National Osteoporosis Foundation show that one in two females and one in four males over 50 years old will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. This means that 50% of older women and 25% of older men are at risk for fractures due to weakened bones. Current estimates are that ten million people in the U.S. have osteoporosis.
The numbers show no signs of improving despite the millions of dollars spent on pharmaceutical research, as well as increased bone mineral density screening. Christine Northrup, M.D, a specialist in women's health, states that bone density scans do not measure bone strength or quality. In fact, 50% of people with thin osteoporotic bones never fracture. Older folks in France, Germany, China and Japan have lower bone density than Americans, yet suffer fewer osteoporosis-related fractures.
All this suggests that bones do not fracture due to thinness alone and that bone strength or quality is more important than bone density. Dr. Northrup suggests that millions of women are getting unnecessary tests and taking medications without evidence that the drugs are safe or effective.
Why Are Our Bones Weakening?
The common belief is that we aren't getting enough calcium in our diets. If that were actually the case, then all the dairy products, calcium-fortified foods, calcium-based antacids and calcium supplements we consume would be fixing the problem. This increased calcium intake doesn't make the problem better.
Osteoporosis didn't exist in native cultures and according to Dr. Susan E. Brown, director of the Osteoporosis Education Project, hip fracture rates vary worldwide by as much as 40 per cent. The greatest problems exist in the U.S. and Europe. Osteoporosis is not a major problem in underdeveloped countries and Asia. The "solutions" we're being given by the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry and media aren't addressing the real cause of bone weakness.
Bone weakness is a result of our modern lifestyle and is not going to be solved by magic "pills" or quick fixes. This information is valuable for preventing and even reversing osteoporosis and to help you have stronger teeth, prevent and even heal arthritic joints and have better overall health.
Minerals and Bone Health
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and the most abundant mineral in bones. Bones contain other macro minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, potassium and sulfur. They need trace minerals (Ionic Minerals) silica (HSN-W), iron (Chlorophyll), molybdenum, copper, zinc, fluoride, selenium, chromium, manganese, iodine, and cobalt. Vitamins C, Vitamin D, protein and other nutrients are required for bone health.
This is why calcium supplements alone will not build strong bones, especially since few Americans are deficient in calcium. They are deficient in the other trace nutrients that are needed to make proper use of the calcium already in their diets. The biggest problem contributing to osteoporosis is a lack of nutritional density in our diets.
This problem starts with modern agricultural methods. Plants absorb minerals via bacteria and other microbes which are present in "living" soil that is rich in natural organic material. Modern agricultural practices fail to replenish trace minerals in the soil, they kill the microbes through the use of agricultural chemicals. This has caused dramatic drops in the mineral levels of modern foods. This loss of mineral (and general nutrient value) is further compounded by processing methods, which depletes nutrients from foods.
pH and Bone Health
A lack of trace minerals and nutritional density is the primary reason our bones are weaker, but there is another contributing factor. Remember that building up bone (which requires all these nutrients) is balancing a constant break down of bone from wear and tear. An overly acidic diet causes bones to break down more quickly because the alkalizing minerals calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium are "borrowed" from bones and tissues to help counteract the excess acid.
This over acid condition is caused by a diet high in soda pop, coffee, alcohol, grains, meat and dairy. Alkalizing foods are fresh fruits and vegetables, which most diets are low. High levels of stress, air pollution and shallow breathing make the pH of the body become more acidic.
Other Important Factors in Bone Health
When astronauts suffer a loss of bone mass because their bodies do not having to work against gravity. Bone is built in response to the body's need for structural support. This is why weight-bearing exercise helps keep bones healthy.
There are a number of hormones involved with the breakdown and rebuilding of bone. The health of the glandular system is important to bone health. It's not as simple as just using estrogen or progesterone supplements, because many other glands are involved in bone health.
Parathyroid hormone stimulates the kidneys to convert Vitamin D to its active form. It acts to dissolve Calcium and other alkaline minerals out of the bone into the blood stream to neutralize excess acid in the body. Glucocortical adrenal hormones and the sex hormones estrogen and androgen play a role in remodeling bone as well as calcitonin and thyrosin (from the thyroid), insulin from the pancreas and growth hormone from the pituitary.
Supplements for Bone Support
Your bones support you, but you need to support your bones with good nutrition. There are numerous herbs and nutritional supplements that can help support the health of bones and joints. Calcium is an essential element for the health of bones, but it needs to be combined with other nutrients in order to be effective.
Calcium requires vitamin D for proper absorption and utilization. In concert with the parathyroid hormone, Vitamin D is essential for absorbing calcium in the small intestines and for maintaining adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentration that enable normal mineralization of bones.
The best form of vitamin D is Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). This fat soluble vitamin is produced in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B radiation. Many studies show that vitamin D3 supports bone health, organ health and even helps fight cancer.
Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body and is necessary for strong bones and teeth, which are composed of calcium phosphate. Diets high in fructose ncrease urinary loss of phosphorus. Bone meal (found in Calcium plus Vitamin D) supplies calcium phosphate for bone health, but you need good production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach to digest and assimilate it.
Magnesium is another mineral that works in connection with calcium and is involved in the structure of bones, cell membranes and chromosomes. 60% of magnesium is found in the skeleton and 27% is found in muscle. The ratio of calcium to magnesium for humans should be 2: 1. More people are deficient in magnesium than calcium. Magnesium Complex and Chlorophyll Capsules are good supplements to increase magnesium levels in the body.
The third most abundant mineral in the body is potassium. Potassium plays a role in bone density. It helps prevent osteoporosis by counteracting increased urinary calcium loss due to high dietary salt intake. Potassium is abundant in green leafy vegetables and can be supplemented with Combination Potassium.
Trace minerals, such as boron, vanadium, zinc and copper are all important for bone health. Mineral Chi Tonic is great for increasing trace mineral levels in the body.
Skeletal Strength contains the major minerals and vitamins needed to create healthy bones in a base of herbs. It contains equal parts of magnesium and calcium to balance the abundance of calcium and magnesium deficiency present in most diets. It contains phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and boron along with vitamins A, C, B6, B12 and D.
Studies have shown that when calcium is combined with other nutrients in this manner, it is far more efficiently utilized and absorbed. A supplement like Skeletal Strength is far more beneficial for maintaining bone health than a calcium supplement by itself
There are other nutrients that can help with bone and joint health besides minerals. Protein is an important part of healthy bone and connective tissue, particularly a protein called collagen. Collagen is the "cement" or "glue" that helps hold tissues together.
It is vital to creating flexible strength in bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, fingernails and other tissues.
Collatrim capsules or Collatrim Plus are good sources of collagen. Collagen supplements can help with arthritis, weak joints, damaged cartilage, slipped or torn ligaments and slipped or bulging disks. Collatrim capsules or Collatrim Plus (a powder to mix with water) can be taken at bedtime to help with weight management and building lean muscle mass. Just don’t eat for 3 hours before bed and drink only water before taking for it to work for weight loss.
Silica, is not as well known as other minerals, can help to build healthy bones and joints. Silica helps impart flexible strength to hair, skin, nails, joints, bones and nerves. HSN-W is an herbal formula that supplies silica, calcium and other nutrients. It helps the body utilize calcium and is very effective to build healthy bones and connective tissues.
Herbal CA contains herbs high in magnesium, calcium and silica. It supports bone health, helps tissues to heal quickly and aids the nervous system. Bone & Skin Poultice formula helps bones heal quickly. This formula helps with arthritis, bursitis, joint weakness and speeds healing of damaged tissue.
Bone size and density or peak bone mass is reached between 25-30 years old, the best prevention begins in youth. With good nutrition, supplementation, exercise, lifestyle changes, osteoporosis can be eliminated as a major public health concern.
Getting the Calcium Your Body and Bones Need
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, so we do need large amounts of it. Just taking calcium supplements alone won't insure we're getting calcium into bones and tissues. The question is "What is the best way to get the calcium we need?"
Dairy products are widely promoted as a good source of calcium. Countries with the highest incidence of osteoporosis and bone fractures are the countries that consume the most dairy products, which shoots that idea down. Part of the problem is pasteurization. Pasteurization destroys the enzymes and many of the nutrients present in whole milk that help calcium to be absorbed and utilized.
Unlike calves, humans do not have the enzyme to separate a molecule called casein from the calcium in cow's milk. Although there is a lot of calcium in dairy it isn’t efficiently absorbed. The best dairy sources of calcium are cultured dairy foods (like yogurt) because the lactobacillus bacteria they contain make the nutrients easier to assimilate.
Calcium carbonate (chalk) is the cheapest and most abundant form of calcium and can come from dolomite, oyster shell or coral. It is a form of calcium found in Tums and other antacids. This form of calcium is a quick alkalizer, but is poorly absorbed and utilized in bones and other tissues.
Bone meal from New Zealand isn’t contaminated with lead and can supply calcium and other trace minerals needed for healthy bones as long as you have good stomach acid production and digestive function. Calcium Plus Vitamin D contains New Zealand bone meal. You can get bone calcium from canned pink salmon and canned sardines, because the bones are cooked with the meat and become soft enough to eat.
If you want to get the best source of calcium, take a lesson from the cows. Where do they get their calcium? They get it from the grass and green leafy foods they consume. The most easily assimilated and utilizable form of calcium is that found in dark green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, beet greens and Chinese cabbage.
Herbal greens such as Barley grass, Dandelion and Alfalfa are good sources of calcium. For this reason consider using Herbal CA or HSN-W as a supplement to increase calcium absorption and improve bone health.
The best calcium supplement is Skeletal Strength which supplies vitamins, trace minerals and other nutrients and digestive aids, along with calcium to make it more easily assimilated and utilized. You’ll get far more benefit from calcium when it is combined with other nutrients either in whole foods or supplements.