By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
There are many essential nutrients to consider when trying to improve bone health.
Athletes have used creatine as an extra competitive edge for over two decades. But new research suggests creatine’s benefits reach far beyond athletic performance. Currently, this vital substrate for cellular energy is being investigated for its beneficial effects on the brain, aging, and even bones. While not a replacement for a nutrient-rich diet and solid exercise program, creatine might offer valuable support in the combat against age-related decreases in bone mineral density (BMD). BMD refers to the number of minerals, like calcium, present in bones. The greater the BMD, the denser and stronger the bone, and the less prone to fractures and degeneration.
Creatine has the potential to benefit bone health in several ways. Supplementing with creatine might offer an indirect benefit for boosting BMD. Creatine increases energy stores in muscles, allowing for better workouts. Stronger muscles pull harder on bone, which in turn can create a more substantial stimulus for increasing BMD.
Essentials from daily food intake for bone health support.
Calcium- raw dairy, green veggies
Vitamin D – salmon, sardines, herring, egg yolks
Protein- Grass Fed Whey or a clean toxin-free plant-based protein.
Vitamins K, C, and E- act like little shuttles for calcium, construct new bones, and fight off free radicals.
Magnesium- increases bone mass after deterioration. Pumpkin seeds, almonds, spinach, cashews
Eat a balanced diet of whole, fresh foods. Combine that with regular exercise to nourish your bone health, so they continue to support you.
Take the nutrients needed to help your body keep healthy bones.
A simple but comprehensive blood test can show you the status of your nutrient levels. It tests for ALL vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. Make sure YOUR essential nutrients for bone health are at healthy levels.
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