Stronger Bones

Mass appeal: Bone health

Mass appeal: Bone health

Strong bones. Where would we be without them? The short answer is nowhere. Bones hold us up, they help us run, walk, jump, climb and support our navigation throughout the day. As we age, however, our bones can weaken and be depleted of calcium and other nutrients that can leave us susceptible to risk of Osteoporosis (the deterioration of bone mass) and brittle, fragile bones. Suddenly a simple walk down the street can be challenging and painful.

Old bone is replaced by new bone everyday. But as we age, the body loses its ability to regenerate new bone at the same rate, therefore leaving the body vulnerable to fractures and other complications. Oftentimes bone mass loss isn’t detected until the problem is already severe and therefore it is imperative to be proactive about bone care before any complications arise.

No bones about it: Develop bonafide good habits
There are many ways to reduce the risk of Osteoporosis and brittle bones. They include getting plenty of exercise, including weight-bearing exercises, which helps to build up bone mass and makes the body stronger overall. Also, using moderation when consuming alcohol and caffeine can be helpful, as they are thought to contribute to calcium depletion. Smoking cessation, eating sensibly and making sure you are getting plenty of the right kind of calcium in your diet are other factors in ensuring better bone health. A commitment to healthy living every day can do wonders for your bones. In fact, it’s never too early to get started. It even behooves teenagers to take the proper amount of calcium. Research has shown that taking good care of your bones when you are young can make all the difference decades later.1

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Milk it: Enhancing bone mass
Yes, it’s true. Dairy products do contain calcium. And it can be a good idea to have several servings a day and to drink milk. However, many dairy products have a high fat content (which can cause other health conditions) and some, like cottage cheese, are so dense in protein, it makes the calcium present hard to absorb. And many people are allergic or intolerant to milk products, making consumption all but impossible.

More to the point, the average American who isn’t allergic still doesn’t get the recommended amount of calcium in his or her diet. In fact, the majority of Americans do not get adequate calcium on a daily basis.2 Studies have shown the average woman receives less than 500mg of calcium per day.3 In this situation, supplements can be invaluable. Liqui-Calcium from Solanova has a high-powered amalgam of six essential sources of calcium plus it is highly “bioavailable,” meaning it is optimally absorbed by the body. Liqui-Calcium also contains pertinent minerals and vitamins such as Boron, Magnesium and Vitamin K, and Vitamin D which all aid the body in efficiently absorbing and using the calcium that is taken.

Two more supplements from Solanova that can be beneficial are Super Glucosamine Plus and Multisential Plus®. Super Glucosamine Plus nourishes cartilage and connective tissue and supports healthy joint function. MultiSential Vege Cap is a comprehensive multi-vitamin that offers good supplemental nutrition and antioxidant protection to enhance heart, brain, eye and bone health. These supplements are optimally absorbed and therefore used rapidly and efficiently by the body.

No more excuses. Time to bone up at the gym. Right after you take that calcium!

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
(A disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break.)

Age: Osteoporosis can affect all ages, but is far more common over the age of 50.4
Sex: 80%, or four out of five, of the 10 million Americans who have Osteoporosis are women.5
Family History: Research suggests that heredity and genetics play a major role.
Medications: Some medications can be harmful to your bones, especially if you take them at high doses or for a long time. One of the riskiest types of medications for bones is steroid medications.
Diseases: There are many health problems that can harm your bones and increase your risk of osteoporosis. Smokers and heavy alcohol consumers are at a higher risk for Osteoporosis.
Diet: Lack of adequate vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium can lead to Osteoporosis. Caffeine, soft drinks and sodium can negatively affect how one absorbs calcium.

References

1,4,5 NOF - National Osteoporosis Foundation. "Fast Facts on Osteoporosis" (http://www.nof.org/osteoporosis/diseasefacts.htm)

2 National Osteoporosis Foundation. “What You Should Know About Calcium.” Article (http://www.nof.org/prevention/calcium2.htm), 2009.

3WebMD, Osteoporosis Health Center. “How Much Calcium?” Article (http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/how-much-calcium), July 7, 2005.

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