Vitamins For Healthy Bones and the Prevention of Osteoporosis

Our bones are constantly being broken down and renewed. Until we reach our late teens, more bone is being made than is broken down until we reach the stage known as ‘peak bone mass’. As we get older, our bones tend to become weaker and more brittle as we lose calcium.

Certain vitamins are vital for our bodies to ingest to prevent bone diseases like Osteoporosis. There is substantial evidence to suggest that Calcium and Vitamin D are vital nutrients for maintaining healthy bones. There is also research suggesting that Magnesium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Boron also contribute to their health.

Our bones are 35-40% calcium. It is suggested that we ingest a minimum of 800mg of calcium per day. Children under 18 years of age should take 1300mg per day to ensure maximum density at ‘peak’ and post-menopausal women should take 1200mg of calcium per day as they are at highest risk of developing Osteoporosis.

It has been shown that Vitamin D supports the absorption of calcium and it’s recommended that we take 5ug of the vitamin day either through our diet or by ensuring that we have 10minutes of direct sunlight per day (our bodies can produce vitamin D when our skin gets direct sunlight).

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Magnesium is used for the renewal of bone tissue. It’s recommended that women take 270mg and men take 320mg of magnesium per day.

Vitamin K must be present for bone to support the cells that remodel bone tissue. We need 80ug of Vitamin K daily.

Vitamin C supports the function of Vitamin D. We should ingest 75mg of vitamin C per day.

Boron is said to also help reduce the rate of bone loss as it has been shown to inhibit the excretion of calcium and magnesium.

Whilst these nutrients are said to help promote healthy bones, you should never substitute qualified medical advice with information found in this article. The author does not give or purport to give any medical or healthcare advice and is not qualified to do so.

Source by Kristy Lee