Osteoporosis can begin as early as age 30. Certain nutrients can prevent this.
What is osteoporosis?
When you have osteoporosis, your body lacks important nutrients to keep your bones strong and healthy. About a quarter of all people over the age of 50 in Germany suffer from this disease. This can have serious consequences and lead, for example, to bone fractures.
Osteoporosis can occur at any age, but is most common in older adults, especially post-menopausal women. But even when you’re in your 30s, the body starts breaking down bones faster than it can replace them. This causes the bone to become less dense and more brittle. Female hormones protect bone density in women for a long time. But when levels drop dramatically around menopause, bone health becomes a bigger issue.
To keep bones dense and strong, the body needs a steady supply of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. So to prevent this disease, you can also counteract with the right supplements.
These nutrients prevent osteoporosis
A healthy, balanced diet is recommended for everyone. It can help prevent many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and many forms of cancer – but also, of course, osteoporosis. Certain vitamins and minerals support this process. Here we present the three most important for strong bones.
Calcium is probably one of the most important supplements you can take for osteoporosis.
Ideally, of course, you take in enough calcium through your diet, e.g. through dairy products. However, if you don’t get enough of it, supplements can help. However, it is important to note that not all calcium products are absorbed equally well by the body.
The ideal situation is when the calcium is naturally bound to amino acids, as is the case in the plant kingdom. Therefore, plant calcium, as we use it for Ogaenics, is superior to the conventional and cheaper calcium from limestone. It comes from organic red lime algae, which is harvested by hand.
As with calcium, it is important to also get enough vitamin D if you suffer from bone loss. Vitamin D is important for the body to absorb calcium from the intestines into the bloodstream. This is the only way to preserve bone mass.
However, vitamin D is not naturally present in many foods. It is true that sunlight causes the body to produce vitamin D itself. But in the Northern Hemisphere, the radiation is not sufficient for this on most days. Adults should take 1,000 international units (I.U.) of vitamin D per day to maintain healthy vitamin D levels.
Magnesium and calcium work closely together to maintain strong bones. However, if we eat a lot of processed foods, we are probably not absorbing enough magnesium. Then it is better to supplement this important mineral for the prevention of osteoporosis.
When do you need a supplement?
Osteoporosis is based on a nutrient deficiency that leads to bone loss over many years. Therefore, from the age of 30, you should think about supplementing your diet if you want to
- eats a vegan diet or lives dairy-free for other reasons, e.g. lactose intolerance. This is because scientific studies suggest that a vegan diet is associated with decreased bone health.
- suffers from an inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease (then the intestine can absorb calcium less easily)
- is already being treated for osteoporosis.
Then the body needs an extra of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. In combination for a perfect interaction, these three nutrients from plant source and organic quality are contained in Ogaenics Bone Nanza Calcium Complex. It is ideal for the prevention of bone loss from 30, but if you are already in the middle of it, you need additional vitamin D and magnesium , for example, the Calm A Lama Plant-based Magnesium and Hello Sunshine Vitamin D3 Complex or Hello Sunshine plus K2. Our consulting team will be happy to assist you, book an appointment – free of charge of course.
Store vegetable calcium, magnesium and vitamin D3
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