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Calcium Is The Key To Bone Strengthening! Wrong. Collagen Is.

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Why collagen may be more important for bones than calcium?Bones are made up of dynamic living tissue that requires a wide range of nutrients--not just minerals such as calcium--to maintain optimum health.While minerals tend to get all of the attention when it comes to bones, decreased collagen content is also an important factor in osteoporosis and low bone density.

Why collagen may be more important for bone strengthening than calcium?

Bones are made up of dynamic living tissue that requires a wide range of nutrients—not just minerals such as calcium—to maintain optimum health.

While minerals tend to get all of the attention when it comes to bones, decreased collagen content is also an important factor in osteoporosis and low bone density.

Collagen is to our bones what two-by-fours are to the frame of a house. It’s the compound that provides the framework upon which mineralization occurs. As our collagen levels decline with age, this becomes a problem. Because if you don’t have enough collagen, it doesn’t matter how much calcium you take, the mineral won’t be bound within the bone.

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With that in mind, it’s clear that we need to include strategies for improving the collagen matrix along with traditional mineral supplementation in any bone health regimen.

The Downside of Drugs

One problem with bisphosphonate drugs used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (e.g., Boniva, Fosamax, and Actonel) is that they don’t improve bone health. Sure, they can increase bone density. But because they don’t address issues with the organic collagen matrix, they can actually make bones brittle.

High-quality bone is strong and resilient, much like bamboo. In contrast, bone that’s pumped up on bisphosphonates is more like chalk—dense, but very brittle. People who are on bisphosphonates need to focus on improving their collagen matrixes to help fix the problems that these drugs produce. Increasing the collagen content of the bone leads to greater strength and flexibility, thereby increasing resistance to fractures.

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Significant Supplements:

To help improve the collagen matrix and bone strengthening, the following key nutrients—along with 800—1,000 mg per day of calcium—are recommended:

  • Silica

    A highly bioavailable from of silica (ch-OSA or Choline Stabilized Orthosilicic Acid, the ingredient in BioSil) has shown impressive clinical results in improving bone health and bone mineral density. In a double-blind study of post-menopausal women with low bone density, BioSil was able to increase both the collagen content of bone (by 22 percent) and bone density (by 2 percent) within the first year of use. The recommended dosage is 6—10 mg per day.

  • Vitamins K1 and K2

    impact osteocalcin, a protein that anchors calcium molecules within the bone. Vitamin K is required to convert inactive osteocalcin to its active form, so a lack of it in the diet is a major risk factor for osteoporosis, even among those with a high calcium intake. The best food sources of vitamin K include spinach, swiss chard, kale, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and green beans. A typical supplement dosage for vitamin K is 100 mcg daily.

  • Vitamins B6 and B12

    and folic acid help convert the amino acid methionine to cysteine. Any deficiency in these vitamins can lead to an increase in homocysteine levels, which has been implicated in various conditions, including osteoporosis. When shopping for B vitamins, look for a formula that contains the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12 for optimal absorption.

  • Vitamin D3

    supplementation is associated with increased bone density, and studies that combine vitamin D with calcium have produced considerably better results than either nutrient alone. Most experts recommend daily doses of at least 2,000 IU of D3.

  • Magnesium

    : Research has shown that women with osteoporosis have lower bone magnesium content and other indicators of magnesium deficiency than those without osteoporosis. A dosageof 250—500 mg daily is generally recommended.

 

Michael T. Murray

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.

Michael T. Murray

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.

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Humaira Kaukab
Humaira Kaukab 5pts

Yes really ..calcium is essential for bones...if it in musceles...but it give strenth to bones

Ajit Das
Ajit Das 5pts

On this subject I am all with Puneet

Vineet Krgoel
Vineet Krgoel 5pts

Learn and do massage your body alternatively.

Linette Sue Montgomery
Linette Sue Montgomery 5pts

Thank you kindly. I take every night Vitality Natural Calm - magnesium citrate. (for 1 yr now - I do not miss a day) my health is much better. Fresh organic vegtables & fruit, now. I take vitamin B Complex - vegan capsules and extra biotin. Much improvment in my health. No wheat. No dairy. I m O Negative blood type as well. Leaning more twords a Sattvic diet vs Tamasic & Rajas. Working on that :) *Peace*

Aniket Hiremath
Aniket Hiremath 5pts

start eating boan health ,cal mag d, nutrilight protin from amway

Cecilia Pero
Cecilia Pero 5pts

Think about this... To help our bones to be healthy is not only a matter of calcium or collagen, but I invite everyone interested in their bone health to read and find what is Lactoferrin, one thing is sure you won't find enough in the milk so stop drinking cow milk.

Jane Robertson
Jane Robertson 5pts

Start eating your bone broth and marrow custard.

Aayesha Khan
Aayesha Khan 5pts

Plz translate it in urdu or english chander singh

Chander Singh
Chander Singh 5pts

अपने घर की इज्ज़त सब को प्यारी लगती है गैरों की बहन बेटी क्यों अबला नारी लगती है, दुसरो की बहन बेटी को छेड़ने में बड़ा मजा आता है खुद की बहन बेटी को कोई देखे तो मिर्ची क्यों लगती है, अपनी गर्ल फ्रेंड की हर बात बड़ी अच्छी लगती है बहन का बॉय फ्रेंड बने तो क्यों दिल में आग लगती है, किसी का बलात्कार हो जाये खबर गरम लगती है खुद के साथ यही बीते तो क्यों फिर शर्म लगती है, मुझ को तो हर बहन बेटी अपनी सी लगती है बस घर को चलाने वाली लक्ष्मी सी लगती है, इज्ज़त हर घर की एक जैसी ही होती है बहन बेटी सब की बड़ी प्यारी सी होती है- ;):-o

Jana Miner
Jana Miner 5pts

Oh yea? What's your scientific evidence on this assumption? What studies have been done to prove this theory?