Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis refers to thin bones. You have heard over and over again, how calcium is the missing nutrient and that if postmenopausal women do not take hormones they will develop this debilitating disease. Calcium is only part of the solution. In Japan, the aging hipbone density is much lower than in the U.S., but they get 21⁄2 x fewer fractures than we do, and they consume less calcium than we do. The following are risk factors for osteoporosis:

  • Poor dietary habits (high caffeine, salt, alcohol, sugar)
  • Very thin women
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • A low intake of green leafy vegetables
  • Poor digestion/Absorption

I use Vitamin D (emulsified Vitamin D by Biotics Research called Bio-D-Mulsion) in my protocol for Osteoporosis. People who are not sufficiently exposed to sun may not be making enough Vitamin D in their bodies. Vitamin D is necessary for calcium to be absorbed.

I also use Oscap Plus in my protocol (from Thorne Research). It contains the right kind of calcium which is calcium-citrate-malate. This is a highly absorbable blend along with an adequate amount of magnesium, boron and Ipriflavones. Ipriflavones comes from soy and they help slow the rate of bone loss by increasing bone density. Supplementing your proper lifestyle with a good osteoporosis formula is key. The rapid bone loss happens around 5 years after menopause.

Folic Acid is another important nutrient during this time. Folic Acid detoxifies homocysteine, and high homocysteine levels can produce osteoporosis. Researchers suggest that around the time of menopause, women experience a reduced capacity to process homocysteine and homocysteine metabolism becomes less efficient.

I have included some non-dairy foods that are rich in calcium, for those who can’t tolerate dairy.

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Tofu
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Tahini
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Oatmeal

Remember that:
1 glass of milk= 325 mg. of Calcium
4 oz. of tofu= 550 mg. of Calcium
R.D.A. for Calcium= 1200-1500 mg/ day

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