Why a Bone Health Supplement is a Smart Choice
Ever wonder if, when or even why you should be taking a dietary supplement to support bone health? Television commercials, magazine ads, and even your primary care doctor are touting the benefits of calcium supplementation for preventing loss of bone density. Entire sections in your local drugstore or supermarket are lined with bottles of all different shapes and sizes devoted to your bones; the options can become dizzying. If you need help weeding out the truth and discovering why you really need a bone supplement, and which ones are really effective, safe, and good for you, then please read on.
Diet is vital, but not usually enough
A frequently asked question is why I can’t get what I need for my bones from diet alone. It’s true that many of the important bone-building nutrients are found in a cornucopia of whole foods. Dark leafy greens, broccoli, sea vegetables, and nuts and seeds are rich in calcium. Vitamin K is abundant in dark green vegetables. Oily fish and, of course, sunlight help boost your vitamin D3.
But let’s face it, having the perfect diet is challenging when fast food and highly processed, packaged options are the go-to. Even so-called “fresh” fruits and vegetables in your local supermarket suffer from diminished nutrient content resulting from depleted growing conditions, processing, and long-distance commercial transport. Couple these factors with the mounting stress and environmental exposures of modern life that increase our bodies’ nutrient demands, and it is nearly impossible to obtain the optimal concentrations of every single one of the nutrients we (and our bones) need to repair and regenerate.
You may have lurking risk factors
Even if you are one of the few who succeed in having an impeccable diet, you may have lurking factors that are unknowingly putting you at risk for bone loss. For you, a balanced, high-quality bone supplement is essential. The long list of risk factors includes such things as a less than optimum body weight, family history of osteoporosis, early menopause or other hormonal imbalances, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol consumption, thyroid disorders, digestive disorders, certain medications, and something which of course we are all subject to—the aging process itself.
So you can see that even if you think you have it all under control with diet and exercise, a bone health supplement is more than just optional—it is insurance that your body is getting everything it needs so that bone loss won’t sneak up on you when you are least expecting it.
Women and men, young and old alike
It’s safe to say that the vast majority of people taking bone health supplements are women over the age of 50 who are worried about osteoporosis or who have already been told they have bone density issues. But men can suffer from osteoporosis too. Furthermore, good bone health is so much more than just preventing brittle bones in your old age. Bones serve as your mineral storehouse, regulate your acid/base chemistry, produce red blood cells, and newer research reveals they are important players in heart health as well.
Start now—it is never too soon
The truth is, it is essential to to start taking care of your bones when you are young (science says we should all start supplementing around age 25 for both women and men) with a healthy diet, exercise, and a quality—preferably plant-based and whole food—nutritional supplement complete with not just calcium, but vitamins D3 and K1 and K2, magnesium, silica, boron, and a rich array of other important herbs and co-factors. Taking the right bone health supplement is always a good idea!
Copyright © 2011 The Synergy Company Author: The Synergy Company™ Author: Dr.Chanté Wiegand, ND
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