is a degenerative bone disorder characterized by the thinning and
weakening of bone, leaving it more vulnerable to breaks and
fractures. Your skeleton is a hotbed of activity. From childhood
on through adulthood, old bone is continually being replaced with new bone
in a process called remodeling, bone-eating cells called osteoclasts
break down bone tissue creating microscopic cavities with fresh
tissue. Then bone-forming cells, called osteoblasts,
refill the cavities with fresh tissue. During childhood and
adolescence, bone-builders form more new tissue than bone-eaters take
away. Then, at around age 30 to 35, bone-eaters begin to outnumber
bone-builders, setting the stage for
Menopausal and postmenopausal women are
especially prone to osteoporosis, about half of them will develop this
disease. Estrogen is involved in the absorption of calcium by the
bones, which is critical for the formation of new bone. As estrogen levels
drop after menopause, every women experiences an acceleration in the rate
of bone loss.
Who is most likely to develop osteoporosis?
In everyone the risk increases with age, but
it is highest in white women after menopause-particularly in individuals
who have an early or surgical menopause. Other people at high risk: a
family history of osteoporosis, those who have fair skin (especially blonds and
red heads), those whose diets are low in calcium, who are physically
inactive, underweight, overweight or smoke cigarettes. Women with a close
relative with the disease are also at high risk.
There is no easy answer to
osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a complex condition involving
hormonal, lifestyle, nutritional, and environmental factors. There
is no cure for this condition, but exercise, diet, supplements and
hormone-replacement therapy can help stop further bone loss and in some
instances may actually help strengthen bone
Help With Preventing Osteoporosis
Supplementation - a diet rich in calcium, along with vitamin D, which helps the small
intestine absorb calcium, is crucial to the prevention of
osteoporosis. Calcium supplements can slow bone loss in women who
are more than five years past menopause and do not get enough
calcium. (Postmenopausal women are advised to take between 1200 and
1500 mg. of calcium daily.) Magnesium -
apparently as important as calcium in maintaining proper bone health,
because it is essential for calcium and vitamin C metabolism.
Menopausal women were given magnesium hydroxide to assess the effects of
magnesium on bone density. Magnesium appears to have prevented fractures
and resulted in significant increase in bone density
Fluoride - is
mineral that is essential in the formation of teeth and bone. Carefully
balanced regimen of calcium and slow-release fluoride stimulates new bone
growth in people with osteoporosis.
Boron - another
mineral, boron works with calcium and magnesium to promote strong
bones. Boron supplement reduced the loss of calcium and magnesium in
the urine and also dramatically elevated blood levels of estrogen and
calcium, all of which can help preserve precious bone.
this to your daily regimen.
Colloidal Mineral Formula
developed specifically to supplement the balance of the body's natural
chemical production. Health renewing mineral formula contains
approximately 70 of the 94 naturally occurring elements, including all of
the essential minerals, in trace amounts. These plant-source
minerals are not toxic and create natural, synergistic compounds
which form the active ingredients.
Vitamin D -
Calcium cannot be absorbed without the addition of vitamin D. Vitamin D is
found in many dairy products and is also manufactured by skin exposed to
ten to twenty minutes of sunlight per week.
Horsetail - this herb helps the body absorb and utilize
Dong guai - Chinese women rely on an herb,
dong guai, and sip ginseng tea, which is also high in phytoestrogens, to
control the discomfort of menopause. Phitoestrogens are also
believed to help prevent bone loss.