Naturopathic approaches for preventing and treating bone disease
An alarming number of people suffer from osteoporosis, a bone disease that is typically diagnosed later in life. However, by that time, bone health has usually already deteriorated to such an extent that symptomatic relief is the only treatment option. The good news is that you can encourage good bone health by taking natural supplements for osteoporosis prevention now. Science has shown that we build healthy bones during the first three decades of your life.
Supplements for bone healing focus on non-pharmacological prevention and treatment of the condition. Some of the helpful treatment methods include better nutritional intake through the diet as well as nutritional supplementation, exercise and supplements for bone healing.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteopenia is a condition where bone mineral density is lower than normal. It is considered a precursor to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis refers to the condition inside the bones. Bone is living tissue which contains osteoblasts. The osteoblasts maintain balance through the reabsorptive activity of osteoclasts. The condition causes large, porous areas to develop and sometimes overlap, and that leads to a weakening inside the structures.
Eventually, the bone mass decreases and weakened bone reaches a fracture threshold. Bone that would typically withstand minor stresses such as blows or falls can fracture more easily. Supplements for bone healing can help strengthen the bone tissue.
Natural Supplements for Osteoporosis
By building healthy bones during your first three decades of life, you can reduce risk factors, which are most common in Caucasians. Other risk factors include:
- Gender (women are more prone to osteoporosis than men);
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Soft drink consumption
- Advanced age
- Being post-menopausal
- Low calcium intake
- Use of certain over-the-counter drugs (thyroid hormones, corticosteroids or steroids, aluminum-containing antacids, and more).
If you have been diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis or are at risk to develop it, you should increase your intake of Magnesium. Magnesium is a balancing mineral for calcium and it is recommended that you take both in the ratio of at least 1:1.
MAG365 is an award-winning ionic magnesium citrate supplement that is highly bioavailable to the body since it essentially predigests in the glass when mixed with warm water. I hyperlinked “Predigests in the glass when mixed with warm water” to our ionic document.
MAG365BF is formulated to help you absorb the calcium you obtain in your diet and contribute to the maintenance of normal healthy bones. Formulated with D3 (vegan), K2 MK-7 (trans), and ionic Magnesium, Boron, Potassium and Zinc. This powder has no fillers or preservatives.
MAG365 plus Calcium is a superior Magnesium-Calcium formulation with magnesium and calcium in the ratio of 3:2. Both of these can give a much needed boost to the health of your bones.
Most people have enough calcium, thanks to the body recycling up to 70% of it. Additionally, many foods are fortified with calcium, a fat-soluble (magnesium is water soluble so it gets washed away when cooking).
We advocate not taking added calcium unless:
- you are predisposed to a calcium absorption issue,
- are advised by your doctor (sadly, most are but it’s the wrong advice),
- or are an athlete that trains for more than four hours a day.
We advocate taking cofactors D3, K2 and boron, which take the existing calcium in your body. For many, calcium is often free floating and land in your eyes (cataracts), organs (brain and kidneys), joints (arthritis and bone spurs) and arteries (cardiovascular disease and clogged arteries).
Many people don’t have the cofactors to get it where it needs to go, which is the bones and teeth. MAG365 BF or PrizMAG Plus are the two we recommend.
Research is ongoing. Even things like K2 aren’t cut and dried…studies have determined that K2 degrades in the presence of magnesium, so we use a double encapsulated form of K2 to ensure the integrity of the finished product
PrizMAG Plus provides a synergistic balance between bone health nutrients, including magnesium, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin K2.