Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Nutritional Alternatives for Osteoporosis

Before we get to information on Nutritional Recommendations, you might want to look at this link re: How Ostoeporosis and osteopenia were "born" in the early 1990's.  And don't forget, the bone density 'testing' is another radiation exposure.

So - you have had your annual bone density test. (radiation exposure) Lo and behold you have osteoporosis.
  • Did you know?   High bone density is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Did you know?  Dense, brittle bones shatter rather than bending & stretching - a characteristic closer to glass.
  • Did you know?   Calcium is NOT the only mineral your bones need.
  • Did you know?  Your bones are living tissue with many functions.  Bones are a rigid, protective organ.  They are constantly undergoing ‘reconstruction’,  
  • Did you know?  Bones are lightweight, strong and hard.  They are made up of a honeycomb matrix
  • Did you know?  High bone density is NOT equivalent to bone health or bone strength. 

Dr Jones recommends nutritional supplements to support men and women with risk factors for Osteoporosis  - a disease that affects many adults.

There are risk factors you cannot change: gender (women are more at risk), age (bones become thinner with age), body size (small women with small bones), ethnicity (Caucasian and Asian Women are most at risk) and family history (it does run in families).  It does not help that you have had previous fractures.

The good news is that there are risk factors you can change:
  • Your diet.  Just like other health issues, your diet affects your bones.  Be sure you obtain adequate protein, calcium (over your lifetime really matters) and vitamin D to protect your bones.
  • Physical Activity.  Like muscles, bones become stronger with exercise.  And the reverse is true
  • Smoking.  This affects calcium and estrogen levels and leads to weaker bones
  • Medications.  Read the product inserts for all drugs and/or talk to your pharmacist about whether your drug(s) will lead to bone loss.
  •  See all of the Supplements recommended by John W Jones, MD, MPH  for Osteoporosis.

    Until Menopause, and unless there is a known low bone mass density, use Ultra Omega-Linic and Ultra Vites.  These are combined into the Basic Package.  The essential fatty acids in Ultra Omega-Linic have been shown to contribute to bone health - as have the Vitamins and Minerals in Ultra Vites.

    As mentioned above, lifelong Calcium and Vitamin D intake also affect bone health.  Calcium D Chelate is a very good source of calcium.  We offer a number of Vitamin D3 products.  Vitamins D3 5000 + K is the preferred supplement because both D and K benefit the bones.  If you are taking blood thinning medications, Vitamin D3 5000 is an effective alternative.

    What is not well known; Silica is a mineral that increases the absorption and utilization of calcium.  Horsetail is a rich source of this mineral.  It is a very good source of both macro- and trace minerals in a readily available form.  In addition to promoting healthy bones, Horsetail may benefit rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Strontium Ranelate is a prescription drug used in Europe - it has been shown to increase the formation of new bone and to decrease bone loss.  It also significantly reduced spinal fractures inpost-menopausal women.  Strontium Citrate (Ultra Strontium) is a more bioavailable form than the Ranelate and is readily available for absorption and use by the body.   Compare our prices!

    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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