Look After Your Bones

Aquasource Osteo ForteLook After Your Bones

Strong bones are important to everyday life but bone density declines naturally from around the age of 30 onwards. So it’s vital to ensure that the daily diet includes nutrients important for bone strength.

How Strong are My Bones?

Most people don’t know how strong their bones are but bone density and strength can be tested quite easily and will often be recommended if you break a bone rather easily or have perhaps lost some of your height.

Bone Metabolism

Our bones provide us with a strong, flexible skeleton. However, bone is not an inert substance – it’s active tissue which contains living cells and a network of blood vessels and nerves. Bone consists of minerals deposited around a protein matrix. The most abundant mineral in bone is calcium, which gives bone its hard structure.

Bone is constantly being broken down and renewed. This process is carried out by cells called osteoblasts which build new bone and osteoclasts which cause bone to be ‘resorbed’ or broken down. A balance in the activity of these two types of bone cells is important to ensure bone strength.

The bone building and breaking down process is regulated by thyroid hormones, and oestrogen. (Yes, men have oestrogen too!) This hormonal activity is interdependent on levels of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and other nutritional co-factors in the body. Bone acts as a calcium “bank” in which calcium is deposited and can be withdrawn when needed to be used elsewhere in the body. The correct mineral composition of bone is critical in order to keep it strong but not brittle.

The following factors play an important role in keeping bones healthy and strong:

Use of calcium within the body. Most people know that they need calcium to build strong bones. However, it is much less well understood that, in order for calcium to be properly used and metabolised, vitamins D and K, and the minerals boron and magnesium are essential. Adequate levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach are also important.

Oestrogen levels. It is important to ensure bone health at all stages of life but particularly during the menopausal years when changes in hormone levels occur.

Exercise and lifestyle. A healthy diet and lifestyle and a regular exercise regime play an important part in maintaining bone density and strength.

Tips for Keeping Your Bones Healthy

Ensure intake of vitamins and minerals:

Calcium is the major structural component of bone. Green leafy vegetables, almonds, hazelnuts, tofu, ground sesame and sunflower seeds and tinned fish with the bones are all good dietary sources.

Magnesium is vital for transporting calcium in and out of cells and is the second most prevalent mineral in bone after calcium but gets far less attention. Almonds, whole grains, dried fruit and green leafy vegetables will supply magnesium. It is important to ensure adequate magnesium levels in the diet, although it’s extremely difficult to get enough from diet alone.

Vitamin D impacts on intestinal absorption of calcium and this vitamin is vital for good utilisation of calcium in the body. Oily fish such as salmon and sardines are rich in vitamin D. The vitamin D in AquaSource Osteo-Forte is derived from Organic Mushroom Powder.

The positive news is that there is much that you can do to take responsibility for maintaining your own bone health. Ensuring dietary intake of important bone nutrients from as young as 35 years of age may help to keep bones healthy and strong.

Vitamin K has a very important role in bone formation, which has only recently been researched. It is needed to make osteocalcin, a protein in bone, which hardens calcium. Vitamin K exists in two forms – vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) the most abundant in western diets, found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, olive oil, cheese and soya beans. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is much less common because the principal source is fermented soya beans, which are more prevalent in Eastern diets. K2 is much easier to absorb than K1, and remains active in the body for longer – whilst vitamin K1 is utilised within hours, vitamin K2 can remain active in the body for several days.

The Right Diet

Eating a diet rich in alkaline foods, which are predominantly fruit and vegetables, and lower in animal protein helps keep the body tissues from becoming too acid. Whilst adequate levels of acid in the stomach are necessary to ensure proper breakdown of foods providing calcium, an ‘over acid’ body may result in calcium from bones being utilised to buffer the excess acidity in the tissues.

Eat plenty of foods containing plant oestrogens. Asian populations, which maintain good bone health, consume much higher amounts of these foods than we do in the West. Good dietary sources are freshly milled flaxseeds, miso, lentils, chickpeas, aduki beans, oats and whole grains.

Get Moving!

Regular exercise helps challenge your skeleton and build up bone density. Weight-bearing exercise is the most effective – such as brisk walking, running, dancing, tennis or trampoline.

Supplements

AquaSource Osteo-Forte contains all the above nutrients, and more, in the forms most advantageous for best possible absorption. The calcium and magnesium, for instance, both come from algal sources (organic Calcareous algae and organic sea lettuce respectively). The minerals are organically bound in the algal plant, making them extremely bio-available to the human body.

The Vitamin K2 comes from Natto, a Japanese fermented soya bean. Natto itself is not often palatable to Western tastes, and getting this crucial vitamin in supplement form is ideal. Among other functions, it helps ensure the deposit of calcium into the bones, and it also works alongside vitamin D.

Boron, zinc and several enzymes, as well as Klamath Lake Algae with its numerous minerals, are also part of our Osteo-Forte product.

Take 2 capsules a day, with food, as nutritional support to help maintain strong bones.