Our 206 bones give our bodies structure and make movement possible. But for postmenopausal women in particular, natural changes in bone physiology can put freedom of movement at risk. Unfortunately, there is more to the story. Did you know that there is a higher risk of life-threatening events associated with the complications of Osteoporosis than with breast cancer?
The good news is that bone health challenges are a disease of nutrition, which means that we have the power to heal those challenges!
Even better news is that researchers at Mt. Sinai Hospital, in Toronto found that one of the important nutritional interventions for bone health has been shown to reduce risk for breast cancer. Read on…
Bone Is Continually Changing
Contrary to popular notion, bone is a dynamic, living tissue that is constantly undergoing a process called remodeling.
Remodeling consists of two major phases:
- Bone resorption, is the breakdown of bone. Bone cells called osteoclasts remove old and damaged bone tissue.
- Bone formation. Other bone cells called osteoblasts and osteocytes create a new bone matrix (the web-like, micro-architecture of bone), and use calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals to harden the matrix. Did you know that some of the popular new bone drugs actually compromise the health of these vital cells? There has to be another way! Hint: Nutrition.
The Menopausal Effect
From birth until about age 40, bone remodeling occurs in relative balance, building bones that are hard, dense, and strong. But menopause marks a major turning point in a woman’s bone physiology. The steady decline of estrogen combined with a subtle increase of inflammatory markers after menopause may contribute to an increase in bone resorption. Over time, this can make the bone matrix more and more fragile, resulting in an increased risk of fracture.
Why Basic Mineral Supplements May Not Be Enough
Calcium, and magnesium are essential for maintaining bone density and hardness. But even the highest quality minerals may not work as well on a weak bone matrix when other important nutrients and growth factors are not working with them to support all of the aspects of bone health.
A Natural Approach to Healthy Bone Remodeling
Standard approaches to osteoporosis prevention focus on achieving and maintaining peak bone mass or density. But thanks to new scientific developments, we now know that a combination of the following nutrients may target the quality of the bone health:
- Bio Available, absorbable forms of minerals – all forms of minerals are not created equally. There are some forms of minerals that are shown to have a powerful impact on bone health and density.
- Variety of Minerals – there is more to bone health than calcium. Magnesium, manganese, boron, strontium… the list goes on, all work together for optimal bone health.
- Collagen – you know that silica should work, but stomach acid disables regular silica, you need a non-polymerizing form to see results in fine lines in the face and density and flexibility in the bones.
- Vitamin D — the correct form of Vitamin D, in an optimally absorbable form serves as a vital nutrient in meaningful doses and is necessary for healthy bone formation and bone mineralization
Professionals in our area have noticed the success that my patients enjoy with their bone health and this has become a sub-specialty in my practice. Furthermore, patients taking these nutrients do not report serious adverse effects associated with some conventional approaches.
Ask Us About Bone Health Support Today
Bone health is important for men and women at every age, but for postmenopausal women who want to protect their quality of life, it’s crucial. Don’t wait! To find out more about natural approaches to bone health support, call our office and schedule an appointment today.
Did you know…
New Research Confirms Vitamin D Blocks Formation of Breast Cancer (Natural News)
Women with a higher vitamin D intake may be a quarter less likely to die from breast cancer than women with lower levels, scientists have found. In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto analyzed the vitamin D intake of 759 breast cancer patients and 1,135 women without breast cancer, accounting for both dietary intake and vitamin D production from exposure to sunlight. They found that women with a higher vitamin D intake had a 24 percent lower risk of acquiring hormone receptor-positive breast cancer than women with a lower vitamin intake.
Vitamin D ‘is mental health aid’ (BBC News)
Vitamin D, found in fish and produced by sun exposure, can help stave off the mental decline that can affect people in old age, a study has suggested. UK and US researchers looked at 2,000 people aged 65 and over. They found that compared to those with the highest vitamin D levels, those with the lowest were more than twice as likely to have impaired understanding.
Fighting vitamin D deficiency (Edmonton Sun)
In northern countries such as Canada, the low level of sunlight, characteristic of winter months, significantly increases the risk of suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. This is something we must take very seriously because new studies indicate that this vitamin plays an extremely important role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Several international experts recently raised the alarm and recommend increasing vitamin D intake from 200 IU to 1,000 IU per day to reduce chronic disease incidence. While it is relatively easy to increase vitamin levels during summer (simply exposing the face and arms to the sun for 10 minutes allows the body to produce some 10,000 IU), the situation is more complex from October to April. Certain fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel or even sardines, contain significant levels of this vitamin and are therefore an interesting choice, since these fish are also rich in omega-3, essential fats that help prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer. However, the limited number of foods rich in vitamin D often forces us to turn to supplements to maintain adequate levels of this vitamin in our blood.Thus, the daily intake of supplements containing 1,000 IU of vitamin D from October to April is probably one of the most simple, economical and efficient ways to increase the intake of this vitamin and thus significantly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Lack of Vitamin D Ups Heart Risk (Natural News)
Vitamin D deficiency has long been linked with weak muscles and bones. Now research shows a lack of the “sunshine” vitamin may also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In fact, evidence is mounting from numerous studies that low vitamin D levels could play a role in a host of CVD risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. What’s more, a lack of the vitamin may be a direct factor in cardiovascular events, including stroke and congestive heart failure. Recent data from the Framingham Heart Study suggests people with vitamin D levels below 15 ng/ml were twice as likely to experience a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event within the next five years compared to those with higher levels of vitamin D. This elevated risk remained even when researchers adjusted for other well-known cardiovascular risk factors.
These nutritional supplements are available in our practice:
Smart Bones (More than just Calcium… Bone Minerals + Growth Factors)
Pro Collagen (Collagen support your body can use – for joints, bones, skin and even vessel health)
Vital D (Well absorbed vitamin D3 for bone health and so much more)