It's More Than Calcium for Strong Bones
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about building strong bones is Calcium. No doubt Calcium is critical, but did you know there are several other nutrients critical to the formation of bone? Even though the ratio of women who develop osteoporosis is 5 times more than men, it’s still important we all think about what we can do to prevent bone loss as we age. With our chances of living to an advanced age better than ever, the chance of losing bone also becomes higher. We lose bone mass as we age.
So what kind of nutrients are needed to nurture our bones? You might be surprised to learn there are six minerals and three vitamins all critical for building good bones.
Yes, calcium is the most important mineral for bones. It is the essential mineral needed to form good bone strength. Lose calcium and osteoporosis develops. Current recommendations are for adults over 50 to get 1200 mg of calcium daily. The usual American diet gives us about half our daily calcium needs. Supplementing the rest is crucial.
If we don’t get the right amount of magnesium, bone strength is less. Chronic magnesium deficiency can also lead to osteoporosis. The normal American diet gives us about 70% of the daily recommended amount.
This mineral helps with the absorption of calcium into our system. Vitamin D works best in regulating calcium and building good bone when zinc is present. About 90% of the U.S. population gets less than the recommended 15 mg of zinc through diet alone.
Here’s another mineral necessary for the proper formation of collagen and connective tissue, both important to proper bone function. About half of the US population gets the recommended amount of 2 mg of copper daily.
This mineral is a key ingredient for proper bone, cartilage, and collagen formation. Again the average diet usually does not give us the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
Boron helps both calcium and vitamin D in its metabolic process of actual bone formation. Even though we don't need much in our daily diet, chances are you are not getting the recommended amount.
Three vitamins also is a “must have” for good bones
This vitamin regulates the calcium and phosphorus metabolism, the process that actually makes bone. Without vitamin D our bodies do not absorb calcium and phosphorus properly, leading to osteoporosis. We need at least 400 IU of Vitamin D daily. The typical US diet provides us with 100 IU or less. Sun exposure helps, but the elderly especially usually get little sun exposure. We need a supplement.
This vitamin is crucial in many metabolic processes in our bodies, One of which is the proper formation of strong bone and collagen. The recommended daily allowance is really not high at 60 mg, but the average diet often doesn't provide even that amount.
Vitamin K helps with repair and formation of bone. We need vitamin K for binding calcium to essential bone proteins like osteocalcin. Highly processed foods tend to take out vitamin K, and the use of broad spectrum antibiotics can reduce the amount of vitamin K we absorb in our intestinal tract.
So here is the "take home" message. Good bone strength is much more complicated than just calcium and vitamin D. Fortunately Unicity reformulated their Bone Fortify formula to provide all nine of the nutrients we need for strong bones. They took into account the latest science on what form of each vitamin and mineral is best absorbed by the body. That's important in making sure the nutrients actually get into the system.