“It saddens me to see older women diagnosed with “osteopenia” or “osteoporosis” listening to their doctors and taking supplemental calcium and even problematic drugs called bisphosphonates. These are irrational, dogmatic, harmful approaches to the problem of degrading bone as we age. In my time practicing nephrology and internal medicine, I saw numerous patients suffering from vascular disease while taking the recommended doses of calcium. X-rays revealed perfect outlines of calcified blood vessels and calcified heart valves,” says Suzanne Humphries, MD.
Any doctor will tell you that they have seen countless patients with vascular disease while taking the recommended dose of calcium. And, X-rays revealed outlines of calcified heart valves and calcified blood vessels.
A calcified breast artery is typically seen in women treated for high blood pressure, as the drug used to treat this condition is a diuretic that causes the body to lose potassium and magnesium while retaining calcium. These calcifications can be seen in the large arteries of the entire body, not only the breasts.
The matrix of the bone incorporates nutrients and calcium where they belong as long as proper nutrients and hormones are present. Gravitational force, usually in the form of weight bearing, is of utmost importance and should be the base of a healthy skeleton. So, if you don’t have low back pain or disc disease ,feel free to exercise with some weight.
Vitamins For Your Bones
The first thing to do is to look in reference books to find foods rich in magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and minor minerals like silica and boron. Silica is not only important for the bones, but for depression too.
Did you know that nutritional deficiencies can be the cause of weak bones? If this is the case, supplementation is a route which could be taken. Although medical supplements with calcium work great, a more constructive supplementation protocol should include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K2
- Vitamin D3
These are all more important to keeping bone healthy and preventing fracture than calcium. If you are getting enough vitamin C, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2, the body will direct calcium to where it belongs, not in the blood vessels and the heart.
Vitamin C Does Several Things To Strengthen Bones
- It mineralizes the bone and stimulates bone-forming cells to grow.
- Prevents too much degradation of bone by inhibiting bone-absorbing cells.
- Dampens oxidative stress, which is what aging is.
- Is critical for collagen synthesis.
When vitamin C is low bone cells that degrade the bone proliferate while the ones that lay down new bone aren`t formed. It has been scientifically shown that elderly patients with fractured bones had lower levels of vitamin C in their bloodstream compared to those who haven`t fractured. Bone mineral density is higher in people supplementing with vitamin C, regardless of estrogen level.
Vitamin K2 is also known to promote bone health as well as cardiovascular health. So, if bone or heart issues are a concern, supplementing with this nutrient is a good idea.
And needless to say, vitamin D3 with a level around 50-70 mg/ml will keep the bones strong and the immune system functioning properly.
While this seems like a lot of supplementation, it is definitely worth it. As for vitamin C, don’t fear taking it as it is one of the best and safest supplements.