What you need to know about your bones

Increasing calcium intake may seem like the right step towards protecting healthy bones as we age. However, the use of calcium supplements alone cannot prevent bone-related disease such as osteoporosis. This is a position most medical experts agree on, supported by data from wide-ranging clinical studies.

The numbers speak for themselves - more than $1 billion worth of calcium supplements are consumed each year, yet the rate of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures has risen each year and is expected to double within the next 10 years. Clearly, our bones need more than calcium to remain healthy.

 Bone is composed of a balanced ratio of; 65% minerals (including calcium) combined with 35% collagen.

Understanding your bones

To understand the reason why calcium alone is not enough - you need to understand what your bones are made of.

  • Bone is composed of a balanced ratio of 65% minerals (including calcium) combined with 35% collagen.

Collagen protein builds the framework for bone cells helping keep bones pliable to withstand the stresses from walking, running and lifting without breaking. Minerals provide hardness and strength for your bones to support you.

Diet and exercise also play an important role in the health of our bones. From birth to adolescence, our bones get all the nutrients they need from the foods we eat. As kids, we remember being told to eat our vegetables and drink our milk. Yet today, a well balanced meal has become one that we can balance on our laps while driving and regular exercise is the errands we have to run.

It’s true, calcium is a mineral essential to bone health. However, it is only one of many nutrients bones need to remain healthy. If you take calcium alone, even with added vitamins, you are not providing all the nutrients needed for heathy bones.

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