Many people today do not get enough of the nutrients needed for supporting their bone health. You need to build strong, dense bones now to get you through a lifetime of active, independent living.
Building strong, healthy bones requires regular weight-bearing exercise and the right balance of nutrients, especiallycalcium, vitamin K2 and vitamin D3.
Taking calcium alone or in the wrong proportions with other minerals can potentially increase your risk of cardiovascular concerns.
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We’re living longer today. We want to enjoy our independence and live an active life much longer than past generations, too.
To do that, you need strong bones. And you need them to stay healthy and strong your entire life, not just for pleasure, but also for protection.
When you’re older, the consequences of weak bones can strip away your independence in the blink of an eye. They can even be deadly.
Strong bones protect your heart, lungs, and brain from injury. And your bones become a warehouse for important minerals that you need throughout your life.
Your bones also house and protect your bone marrow where white blood cells develop.
Taking good care of your bones, starting from an early age, involves three major steps:
Awareness of the “Silent Thief”– How can so many people be at risk without them realizing it?
Physical activity and the proper exercises– For increasing or maintaining bone and muscle mass, balance, and coordination.
Dietary changes to improve your bone health, including clearing up some of the myths surrounding supplements and nutrients.
Are you ready to take control of your bone health? Let’s get started!
How the “Silent Thief” Can Escape Detection – Even for Years
Bone is a living substance that contains blood vessels, nerves, and cells
Two types of cells control your bone structure:
Osteoblasts –cells that build your bones
Osteoclasts –cells that break down old or damaged bone to make room for new bone
Osteoblasts produce a protein called osteocalcin that strengthens your skeleton.
Very simply, as long as the bone-forming activity, calledabsorption, is greater than bone breakdown, calledresorption, you’re pretty much assured of maintaining healthy bones.
Ideally, you want to start giving your bones the care they need as early in life as possible. The foundation for strong bones starts at a very young age.
Your “bone growth” stage stretches from birth until about age 30. Then you enter the normal age-related bone mineral loss period that continues for the rest of your life.
If not given the right kind of care, bones can begin to weaken early in life. It’s a quiet, symptom-less process that steals away your bones. You can’t feel it happening, at least not in the early stages – hence the name “silent thief.”
And here’s something that every woman needs to know:Your normal bone loss accelerates during and after menopause for about five to seven years before returning to the slightly slower rate that men experience.
You can lose as much as 35 percent of your bone density during those few, short years!
Are These Silent Thief “Helpers” Working Behind Your Back?
Many people have weak bones and don’t even know it.
And too many people may be making mistakes now that can affect their bone health later. Here are some of the most common bone health antagonists that you may not be aware of:
One in four Americans 45 and older take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. But doctors often fail to warn patients that statins interfere with vitamin K2’s bone-building functions in your body and increase your risk of deficiency.
Many antidepressant drugs act by altering your serotonin levels and can therefore lower your bone density, according to a recent review of current evidence.
Contrary to what you’ve been told, most osteoporosis drugs actuallyweakenyour bones. Bisphosphonate bone drugs impact your normal bone repair process by killing off your osteoclasts, and do make your bones denser, but because the osteoclasts are killed the bone is actually weaker as it is not remodeled properly.
Before starting any type of prescription drug for your bone health, I strongly recommend you consider less risky, more natural regimens first, such as diet, exercise, and safe bone health supplements!
Undiagnosed Gluten Intolerance
Could the grains you’re eating be contributing to less-than-optimal bone health? If you have undiagnosed gluten intolerance, you may not be absorbing the nutrients you need for bone health.
When study subjects followed a gluten-free diet for one year, their bone density improved.
Smoking and Drinking
Smoking increases your rate of bone loss, and consuming more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium, slowing new bone formation.
Animal studies show that phosphorus in soda weakens your bones by promoting the loss of calcium. And diet sodas might even be worse.
Researchers found that human parathyroid hormone concentrations rose strongly following diet soda consumption, leading to a greater release of calcium from bone.
The best way to know for sure if your bone health is at risk is to have your bone density tested regularly.
Whatever your test results, you’re never too young – or too old – to support your bone health. As you’ll see coming up, there’s much you can do to help keep your bones strong or help strengthen them if they’re not as strong as you’d like them to be.
Exercise: An Essential Key to Healthy, Strong Bones
Healthy bones are porous and soft, and as you age, they can easily become less dense and more brittle. Especially if you don’t get the right kinds of exercise.
Because bone is living tissue, it requires regular physical activity to renew and rebuild itself. Whenever you jump, run, or lift a weight, the stress of your muscles on your bones signals to your body to add new cells to strengthen your bones.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, “Physical Activity and Health: A Surgeon General’s Report,” healthy individuals should do:
A minimum of 30 minutes ofweight bearing physical activityof moderate intensity on most days of the week (if not daily)
Strength trainingat least two times a week.
Weight bearing exercises – activities that force you to work against gravity – strengthen bone by stimulating the bone-building cells, osteoblasts.
A good exercise to include in your routine is a walking lunge. This helps build bone density in your hips, even without additional weights.
Lifting weights, using resistance bands, and yoga all help build bone density and strength.
Other weight-bearing activities include brisk walking, tennis, kickboxing, jogging, climbing stairs, hiking, and dancing.
Even if you are not able to do these exercises, walking regularly is highly beneficial.
The stronger your muscles, the better your balance and coordination. That’s vitally important, especially as you age.
Of course, always consider your current physical condition and obtain your doctor’s consent before starting any new type of exercise program.
The Intricate Dance Between Bone-Building Nutrients
In addition to the right kinds of physical activity, healthy bones and bone building require balancing four major nutrients:Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, and Magnesium.*
The functions of these four nutrients are entwined and depend on each other for strength– much like a twisting grapevine.
Just as you can’t untangle a grapevine without wrecking its strength, you can’t separate out one nutrient without affecting the actions of the others.
Vitamin Dmaintains skeletalcalciumbalance by promotingcalciumabsorption in your intestines.*
Calciumand phosphate depend uponVitamin Dfor bone formation.*
Vitamin K2helps to cement the calcium you absorb into the bone matrix rather than depositing it on the inside of your blood vessels leading to atherosclerosis.*
Magnesiumis an important mineral that your body needs to build a strong bone matrix.
Imagine the effects on your bones if one of these nutrients is missing – or not present in the right amount!
And that’s the thing… thiscanbe happening in your bones for years without you even knowing it’s going on.
Calcium: Your Bone’s Best Friend (Most of the Time)
As we just discussed, healthy bones require plenty of bone-building nutrients. And ideally your bones get many of these nutrients from the foods you eat.
Our diets have changed over the years to ones that are heavy in meat and grains, which are naturally low in calcium. And they can have an acidic effect on your body if eaten in excess.
Your body will always do what it must to maintain a balanced pH. When your body becomes too acidic, it releases minerals – including calcium from your bones and teeth.
However, eatingtoo littleprotein can be just as bad. Protein deficiency interferes with calcium absorption in your intestines.
On the other hand, dark, green leafy vegetables are rich in calcium. And they have an alkalizing effect on your body – two important reasons to eat plenty of fresh leafy green vegetables!
Remember,the balance of bone-building nutrients is key.
I recommend you get your calcium from healthy sources such as those listed below. Some high-calcium foods also contain naturally high amounts of vitamin K2, such as fermented cheeses and butter from pastured cows. When choosing dairy, look for products made from raw, hormone-free, unpasteurized milk:
Sesame seeds (1/4 cup)
Sardines, canned in oil with bones (3 ounces)
Yogurt (unsweetened) (1 cup)
Goat’s milk (1 cup)
Swiss cheese (1 ounce)
Spinach (1 cup cooked)
Collard greens (1 cup cooked)
Canned salmon with bones (3 ounces)
Almonds (2 ounces)
Navy beans, cooked (1 cup)
Broccoli, raw (1 cup)
Vitamins D3 and K2? Not Quite so Easy…
When it comes to vitamins D3 and K2, it’s more challenging to find good food sources.
The best source of vitamin D, of course, is exposure to sunlight. Most people may need as little as 15 to 20 minutes of noontime exposure each day on enough exposed skin to maintain serum vitamin D levels in the ideal range.
However, many, if not most people in the United States are vitamin D deficient because they don’t receive enough healthy sun exposure. And if you’re 50 or older, your skin may not produce as much vitamin D in response to sunlight.
In these situations, I recommend taking an oral vitamin D3 supplement. Check your serum vitamin D levels regularly to make sure they remain in the optimal range of 50 to 70 ng/ml.
Vitamin K is available as either K1 or K2. While vitamin K1, found in green vegetables is important for your health, it does not build your bones significantly. Only vitamin K2 does that.
Here’s the challenge… If you don’t regularly eat large amounts of grass-fed organic animal products like egg yolks, butter, and fermented dairy, fermented vegetables, or natto, you need to be confident that you are not vitamin K2 deficient.
Sadly, unlike vitamin D, there is no blood test you can get to test for vitamin K2 yet. So the only practical way to know if you need vitamin K2 is to look at the sources in your diet, add them up and make sure you are getting at least 180 mcg of vitamin K2 every day.
If you come up short then it is imperative that you consider a vitamin K2 supplement.
The Problem With Most Bone Health Supplements
The average person considers calcium the “darling” of bone health, but is it really?
While calcium is certainly important for your bone health, relying on it too much – or the wrong types – may be risky for your health.
Many experts believe most bone health issues today aren’t due to insufficient calcium. Rather, it’s a lack of theothernutrients, vitamins K2 and D, and magnesium, that may be putting people’s bone health at risk.
Thebalance of bone-building nutrientsis what truly matters. Too much calcium, or calcium without its other co-nutrients can be hazardous to your health, especially for your heart and arterial health.
Calcium can end up in the wrong places in your body especially if taken without vitamin K2.
Thetypeof calcium you take also makes a difference.
Do ground up rocks sound appetizing to you? You may not realize it, but the calcium used in most supplements comes from mined limestone or oyster shells. On product labels, if the source isn’t specified, the ingredients are most likely different forms of inexpensive-to-mine rock calcium!
Calcium already can be a tough mineral to absorb, with estimates for some ranging as low as 20 percent.
Absorption Matters, Especially If You’re 50 or Over
As you age, your need for bone health support increases. Age-related factors increasingly work against your body’s ability to utilize nutrients and protect important organ functions:
Your skin produces less vitamin D in response to sunlight
The pH in your jejunum, or the middle portion of your small intestine, starts to drop, hindering absorption of calcium
Your ability to activate vitamin K2-activated proteins that regulate calcium decreases
Your absorption of magnesium decreases with age
The increased use of certain medications can result in magnesium deficiency
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High elemental calcium allows for a smaller dose, which may be healthier for your heart*
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I believe a calcium supplement shouldsupportyour health, not put it at additional risk because of potentially dangerous additives or levels of toxic metals!
Calcium Alone Can’t Get the Job Done… You Also Need Vitamin K2
Calcium from the right source and in the right amounts are essential for bone health,but you must have vitamin K2 to help take the calcium out of the lining of your arteries and guide it back into your bones where it belongs.
There are several different forms of vitamin K2: MK4, MK7, MK8, and MK9. Each has its own unique ability to reach certain tissues in your body.
Dietary supplements mostly use synthetic vitamin K2 as menaquinone-4 (MK-4), or natural vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7).
MK-7, the form you find in natto (typically fermented soy beans) is especially valuable in that it:
Is natural, not synthetic, and completely absorbed because of its high bioavailability
Has a long half-life allowing once a day dosing
I’ve chosen to go the extra mile and avoid the synthetic MK-4 form of vitamin K2 that needs to be taken three times a day.
Instead I chose to use the advanced form of MK-7,MenaQ7®, in myCalcium with Vitamins D3 and K2.
Also, the form of MK-7 I chose to use in ourCalcium with Vitamins D3 and K2is sourced from natto made withfermented chickpeanotsoy, as is most commonly available in the market.
MenaQ7® is a patented and clinically supported vitamin K2 which helps to:
Maintain or increasebone density and strength*
Support optimumcalcium absorption and utilization*
Promotenormal blood clotting*
Support the development ofhealthy, flexible arteriesfor cardiovascular health*
WithMenaQ7®, you also get the convenience of only once a day dosing – unlike with other forms.