Is it time for a natural approach to Osteoporosis?

It is important to address Osteoporosis the Natural way


Instead of reduce the risk of fracture it is now discovered that these drugs significantly increase the risk of atypical bone fractures. The study found those taking bisphosphonate drugs less than two years were 35 times more likely to have an atypical bone fracture.

(the odd ratio of a person on bisphosphonates getting an atypical fracture v’s a person not taking the drug was 35. Therefore we can conclude that increases the odds of suffering an atypical fracture by 35 times compared to those not taking the drug

For patients who took the medications for two to five years, there was a 47 fold increase in atypical fractures. Women who took the drugs for five to nine years had a 117 fold increase and those that took the prescriptions over nine years were 176 times more likely to suffer an atypical fracture.

Osteoporosis is not the result of a deficiency of bisphosphonate drugs. It results from a combination of factors including eating a poor diet as well as nutritional and hormonal imbalances. A better approach is to use a therapy that treats the underlying cause of osteoporosis. This includes eating a healthier diet, avoiding antacid medication and balancing the hormonal system with the use of herbal medicines

Exercise for Bone Health

Exercise during the first two decades of life may be the best insurance against age-related bone loss. Women who are physically fit have greater bone density than sedentary women at every age. Weight-bearing exercise is the main type of exercise recommended for people with low bone mineral density. Pilates is an exercise regimen that combines low-impact, weight-bearing exercise with resistance training. Regular Pilates can improve posture and balance, leading to fewer falls, and subsequently, fewer fractures. Tai chi uses low slow, graceful movements that can also improve balance and help reduce the risk of falling. Yoga can enhance bone health through stretches and postures that stimulate the muscles and tendons joined to the bones.

Diet and Nutrition

Only a rich, wholesome and varied diet can supply the many nutrients needed for the complex process that maintains the integrity of our bones.

Calcium is important for bone health but should be got from foods and not supplements. Dairy products, vegetables, nuts, meat and old fashioned bone broths supply calcium. Raw unpasturised milk, natural cheese, fish, chicken or beef broth, prepared with a little vinegar to pull calcium from the bones, are excellent sources, and have supplied easily assimilated calcium to pre-industrialized peoples throughout the globe. Leafy green vegetables and grains, nuts and seeds are also good sources if properly prepared. Vegetables and grains should be consumed with animal fats like butter or eggs; and nuts, legumes and grains should be soaked, sprouted or sour leavened to neutralize phytic acid, a substance that can block calcium absorption.

Remember bone is comprised of at least a dozen minerals, so the use of unrefined sea salt is important (not table salt)

Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin D is of vital importance to the absorption, metabolization and utilization of calcium and has a beneficial effect on the hormonal system, making it a key factor in healthy bone density. Due to Latitude, fear of the sun and poor diet choice the majority of Irish people are either deficient or insufficient in vitamin D. Supplementation and safe sun exposure is recommended.

Vitamin K also plays an important role in bone metabolism. Vitamin K is more available in dairy fats than in the oils found in green vegetables. Studies indicate that vitamin K is more completely absorbed from vegetables consumed with butter than with vegetables eaten plain. Vitamin K is also manufactured by intestinal flora, so its important to keep intestinal flora in a healthy balanced state.

Fat soluble vitamin E also plays a role in promoting bone health, by protecting the calcium depositing mechanism from free radical disruption.

In a recent study, investigators (BA Watkins et al) at Purdue University USA found that high levels of saturated fat also gave protection. That's right, the much-maligned saturated fats, found in tropical oils, butter and other animal fats, play an important role in bone modeling. This may be a major reason that population groups in tropical areas, where coconut and palm oils form a major component of the diet, have very little osteoporosis.

Vitamin A in animal fats is absolutely essential for the health of the entire glandular system, and hence the continued production of regulating hormones throughout life. Hormone replacement often recommended for the prevention of osteoporosis is not an ideal substitute for the natural hormones produced in properly nourished bodies

Herbal Medicines

Specific Herbal medicines have beneficial effects on bone health mainly by their therapeutic effect on the hormonal system but also due to certain herbs containing minerals and trace elements important for strong bones.

Foeniculum vulgare

In a recent study published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine; March 2012, Scientists looking for natural compounds to counteract postmenopausal bone loss believe they may have found the answer in Foeniculum vulgare. In the study the researchers reported that consuming the herb had an effect on loss of bone mineral density, as well as bone mineral content. “The findings indicate that the seeds of the herb have potential in preventing bone loss in postmenopausal osteoporosis,” the scientists said.

Humulus lupulus & Phellodendron amurense

A formulation of extracts from the above herbs along with vitamin d and k has been researched for its effect on bone health. It was field-tested on 77 postmenopausal women with low estrogen, it produced dramatic improvements (greater than 40%) in markers of bone turnover.

Equisetum arvense

In a randomized trial involving 122 Italian women, those taking a horsetail extract or a horsetail-calcium combination had statistically significant improvements in bone density over the placebo group. (Corletto F. Miner Ortoped Traumatol 1999)

Cuminum cyminum

In 2008, a study was published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine demonstrated that Cuminum cyminum was capable of inhibiting loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen in a female rat model of age-associated osteoporosis. Moreover, they found that the herb did not have estrogen’s weight-promoting and possibly carcinogenic side effect on the uterus.

Urtica dioica

Contains boron and silicon along with other minerals and trace elements essential for healthy bones.

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