For anyone suffering from osteoporosis, you know the pain and fatigue that often comes with the daily grind. For many suffering, there is a lack of specific vitamins that could help with some of the effects. Talk with your doctor or dietician about some of the following to see if they will help you.
Vitamin K1 and K2- These vitamins have been known to help build strong and healthy bones. “Vitamin K1 sources include kale, brussels sprouts, spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens and vegetable oils. Vitamin K2 sources include egg yolks, organ meats and natto (a type of fermented soybean).” (1)
Calcium- Strong and healthy bones rely on calcium to strength. In the early years, you are building and defining the bones to be able to withstand age and environmental factors. Calcium should be obtained through proper diet. Enjoy foods that are calcium based for the best results. Calcium supplements may pose other health risks.
Vitamin D- There is little more one can say about Vitamin D. It is the building block and foundation of healthy bones. Milk being the secondary source for vitamin D, the best source would come from natural exposure to sunshine.
Magnesium- For those who suffer from a magnesium deficiency, the best sources can often be found in tap and bottled water. It is found in many foods such as spinach, nuts and whole grains. “It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione. (2)
Boron- This is a mineral that is used to increase bone density. Low boron levels cause the body to release calcium through urine. This is the same effect that caffeine has on the body. Increase the levels of Boron through supplements can help the body to maintain adequate levels of calcium.
Building a strong and healthy body is key in helping to reduce overall health and bone strength. While supplements are available where ever possible, one should stick with the real food. Healing and helping your body is directly tied into a healthy diet and exercise program.
As with any help problems and changes, you must review these options with your doctor. There are many natural treatments that may interact with other medications. Those who suffer from blood clots and other blood and heart issues need to be especially careful. Certain vitamins and foods carry a high risk.
Vitamin K’s Magnesium Boron