Osteoporosis can make your bones become more fragile. Your body isn’t replacing old bone with new bone, so you have an increased risk of fractures with this condition. Even something simple like bending over can damage your bones.1
Men and women are both at risk for osteoporosis. In America, over 53 million people either have this condition or have a high risk for developing it.2
Strong bones provide the body structural support, help maintain strength and mobility, and protect the brain and internal organs. Bones also store essential nutrients that the body can use to help other organs function.
Nutrient-wise, calcium probably comes to mind when you think about maintaining strong bones. Indeed, about 99 percent of this mineral resides in your bones. Low levels of calcium can contribute to low bone mass, rapid bone loss, and high fracture rates.
Calcium works with other vitamins and minerals to support strong bones. Vitamin D, for instance, helps the gut absorb calcium and supports bone maintenance. Deficiencies in this vitamin can impair muscular function, increasing the risk for falls and injuries among older people.3
Magnesium is another mineral crucial for bone health. Studies show that around 75 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.4 Magnesium deficiencies can contribute to osteoarthritis.5 Low levels of this mineral can also impair vitamin D and calcium.6
Other key nutrients for bone health include vitamin C, which supports bone density. Vitamin C also helps synthesize collagen, the primary structural protein in bones.7
The skeleton demands adequate amounts of these and other vitamins and minerals. At the same time, bones provide a reservoir for the rest of the body. When the body removes too many nutrients from the skeletal system, your bones can become weak.
Bone loss does occur as we get older. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for fractures and other problems that may occur with age. With these three strategies, you can keep your bones strong and healthy and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.8
Whole, unprocessed foods provide a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that strong bones need. Among those foods include:
Our Core and Advanced Plans incorporate these and other delicious, satisfying foods to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
Consistently working out keeps your bones strong. Even if you have osteoporosis, regular exercise can help maintain bone mass.13 To support strong bones, consider these types of exercise:
Healthy bones demand the right amount of minerals to thrive. These nutrients also support the organs within the body that utilize these nutrients from your bones.
Getting those nutrients for bone health from food alone can be difficult, making a supplement ideal.15
Many commercial products don’t offer a full array of vitamins and minerals. Some contain poorly absorbable forms of nutrients or otherwise don’t provide the ideal nutrient support your bones need to thrive.