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Osteoporosis


About
As people age, their bones may become weaker and more porous. This condition, which is more common in women, is known as osteoporosis. A number of factors may contribute to the onset of this condition: medications, hormones, nutrition, illness, etc.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Ask your doctor about certain medications that may be beneficial for those with osteoporosis. Be sure to find out what side effects may result.
  • Bisphosphonates can help with bone loss in those who have osteoporosis from corticosteroid use.
  • Caffeine may contribute to loss of calcium and bone minerals in women.
  • Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) can help discover the presence of osteoporosis.
  • Low testosterone levels in men (also known as Klinefelter's syndrome) can contribute to osteoporosis.
  • Men and women are both at risk for bone loss. Some women lose up to half of their cortical bone thickness during their lifetime.
  • Men who suffer from osteoporosis may consider taking Alendronate.
  • One study showed that vegetarian women lose less bone than those who consume meat. Soy, peas, beans, and lentils are good sources of protein. Calcium and other nutrients can be obtained through eating green vegetables.
  • People over fifty often suffer from hip, lower back, or leg pain from bone disintegration or fractures in their vertebrae.
  • Phosphates (found in carbonated beverages) can contribute to loss of calcium.
  • Protein supplements can promote healing of bones and reduce the number of fractures.
  • Sodium fluoride is not as beneficial as it was once thought to be for treating osteoporosis. Though it does help build bone mass, it is not as strong as the other bone and can be more easily broken.
  • Some people choose to participate in hormone replacement therapy to help with their osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor to see if it could be right for you.
  • Taking DHEA or HGH supplements may be beneficial for those with osteoporosis.
  • Use of tranquilizers may contribute to hip fractures in senior citizens. Be knowledgeable about the medications you are taking so you know whether or not they can cause a balance problem, causing you to fall.
  • Vitamin C may help alleviate nerve pain due to fractures.


Advice
  • Calcium lactate or calcium phosphate supplements can be beneficial for those over 55. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplements are also recommended to maintain stomach acidity and help with calcium uptake. Vitamin D may also need to be supplemented.
  • Diuretics should seek medical advice before taking vitamin D or calcium supplements. Thiazide-type diuretics taken with extra vitamin D and calcium may cause problems.
  • Maintain a regular exercise routine to help stop calcium loss. Walking is recommended.
  • Menopausal or postmenopausal women should consume plenty of soy products. The soy can help work as estrogen and may help those with osteoporosis.
  • Stay away from soft drinks, alcohol, sugar, salt, and smoking. Tomatoes and citrus fruits can be eaten in moderation, as they may prevent calcium from being absorbed properly.
  • Sulfur promotes good bone health. Eggs, onions, and garlic are good sources of sulfur.
  • Those on thyroid hormones or anticoagulant drugs should take 25 to 50 percent more calcium than others.
  • To improve calcium uptake, avoid eating whole grains and calcium at the same time. Calcium is best absorbed when taken at bedtime. It can also enhance sleep.
  • Vitamin D and calcium are important for healthy bones. Broccoli, clams, most dark green leafy vegetables, dandelion greens, chestnuts, hazelnuts, kale, flounder, kelp, molasses, salmon, oysters, oats, sardines with the bones, sesame seeds, sea vegetables, soybeans, , turnip greens, tofu, wheat germ, and shrimp are good sources of easily-used calcium.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Boron
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances calcium uptake. Note: This supplement is not needed if you are taking another supplement containing boron.
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Calcium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes strong, healthy bones. Chelate form is recommended. Consider injections under a physician's care.
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Silica
Importance: Very High
Comments: Provides silicon. Allows the body to use calcium easier. Fortifies bones.
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Copper
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with construction of bones.
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Magnesium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts calcium absorption.
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L-Lysine and L-arginine
Importance: High
Comments: Boosts calcium uptake. Makes connective tissues stronger.
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Multienzyme complex with Betaine hydrochloride (HCl)
Importance: High
Comments: Helps absorb calcium and other nutrients.
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Proteolytic enzymes
Importance: High
Comments: Helps absorb calcium and other nutrients.
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Sulfur
Importance: High
Comments: Boosts absorption of calcium. Fortifies bone and connective tissues.
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Vitamin A
Importance: High
Comments: Slows the aging process. Emulsion form is recommended.
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Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Slows the aging process. Emulsion form is recommended.
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Vitamin D
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances calcium absorption.
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Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances calcium absorption. Boosts immune system. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Feverfew
Type: Internal
Purposes: Alleviates pain and inflammation.
Cautions: Pregnant women should not use feverfew.
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Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Barley Grass
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Black Cohosh
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Boneset
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
Cautions: Only use boneset for less than a week to avoid toxicity.
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Dandelion
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Stinging nettle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Parsley
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Poke Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.

Rose Hips
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Yucca
Type: Internal
Purposes: Strengthens bones.
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Horsetail
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides silica to enhance calcium uptake.
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Oat Straw
Type: Internal
Purposes: Provides silica to enhance calcium uptake.
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