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  • 6 Tips to Build Strong Bones Early

    by Paula Gallagher | December 4, 2018

    Most people think of osteoporosis as a disease that affects people over 65, but bone loss is something that can be prevented or at least minimized by supporting strong bones way before then. Although the best prevention for bone-thinning osteoporosis begins early, during the first two decades of life when you can most influence your peak bone mass by getting enough calcium and vitamin D and doing bone-strengthening exercise, it is never too late to adopt bone-preserving habits.

    Follow these six strategies to help support bone strength and possibly prevent osteoporosis. Read more

  • Calcium for Bones - And So Much More

    by Paula Gallagher | April 3, 2018

    greens2Calcium is next in our series A to Zinc and is probably the most commonly taken mineral. Calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body and although most people associate it with supporting strong bones and teeth, calcium for bones is hugely important – but it's also needed for so much more.

    Calcium is also required for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction/expansion, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. Read more

  • The Calcium Challenge

    by James Brodsky, M.D. | September 26, 2016

    calcium_kalesardinesI regularly get questions from patients about calcium. Do I need more? How much do I take? Can I take it just once a day? Should it have magnesium? Will it fix my osteoporosis? Lots of questions…

    Well, I start by reminding patients that calcium isn’t just for bones. It’s required for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction/expansion, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. About 99% of your total body calcium is stored in bones and the remaining 1% is found throughout the body in muscle, cellular fluids and blood. It’s about 2% of your total body weight. If you don’t have a calcium-rich diet, your body will continue to extract calcium stored in your bones to meet your active daily needs. Read more

  • Building Strong Bones with Diet, Exercise and Bone Guardian

    by Paula Gallagher | October 27, 2015

    greensAs we age, our bone density decreases and diseases such as osteoporosis can occur. The best way to avoid this, or decrease the chance of this disease, is by making sure your bones are strong now. Exercise, diet and supplementation are all important for building strong bones and maintaining bone health.

    Many studies have shown the value of calcium along with other minerals  and vitamins in supporting bone health. The best way to get calcium and other supportive nutrients is a combination of diet and supplements. This has shown to be a more effective way of protecting bone mass than diet alone or supplementation alone.

    So first thing, make sure that you are eating healthfully. Make sure that your diet contains foods that are rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and zinc. Although dairy is most people's go-to for bone health, there are many other options for getting your calcium and other bone-supportive nutrients. Read more

  • Boost Bone Health with Synergistic Calcium and Vitamin D

    by Paula Gallagher | March 25, 2014

    A couple of months ago, we wrote a blog about the powerful antioxidant potential when you combined ellagic acid and quercetin. This week's dynamic duo is calcium and vitamin D for bone health. For many, this vitamin and mineral combo is well known to help prevent osteoporosis, but sometimes a reminder is a good idea.

    Vitamin D is the main regulator of bone-building calcium absorption. Without it, your bones won't get the full benefit of the calcium you consume. According to betterbones.com, without enough vitamin D the body absorbs 65% less calcium. The benefits of calcium and vitamin D extend beyond osteoporosis. Research out of Harvard Medical School found that premenopausal women with the highest intakes of vitamin D and calcium had a 30% lower risk of developing breast cancer!

    So how can you ensure that you are getting enough? Sun, diet and supplementation. Getting 10 to 15 minutes of strong, direct sunlight on exposed skin should fill your stores of vitamin D for the day, but the reality is that many of us don't get that for one reason or another.
    Eating sustainably harvested wild Alaskan sockeye salmon can also provide you with vitamin D – and if you eat the bones that are in the canned salmon, you also get 20% of your calcium intake. For a quick lunch that is high in vitamin D and calcium and is great for your bones, combine plain yogurt with salmon, add some spices and serve on a bed of lettuce!  Read more

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