Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often singularly blamed on insufficient exercise, but there are other factors to consider.

Osteoporosis and Drinking Cola

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that drinking colas resulted in lower bone mineral density (osteoporosis), especially in older women*.  This held true for diet and decaffeinated colas as well.

Prescription Medications for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis medications may make your bones in follow-up x-ray films APPEAR better, but are they?  This class of drugs, called bisphosphonates (Boniva, Fosamax, etc.), do not help build new bone.  Instead they prevent old, brittle bone from being broken down and eliminated, thus making the x-ray film of your bones appear denser.  This may lead to shattered bones, most often a hip, following a fall.

The KIND of Calcium Supplement You Take is Very Important

Calcium carbonate, citrate, lactate and others, are laboratory produced and are lacking in the essential nutrients for calcium to be fully absorbed and used in your body (See “Herbal Calcium Supplements Over Laboratory and Milk Sources” – the blog just above).

Herbal supplements, such as Cramp Bark and our MNF (muscle and bone nourishing formula), not only have easily-digestible plant food sources of calcium, but are also abundant in the synergistic nutrients essential to absorbing and transporting calcium in your body.

Cramp Bark and MNF are also both used for PMS, menstrual cramps, charley horses (muscle spasms), sciatica, muscle weakness and sensitive teeth.  Many of our patients who are actors use Cramp Bark in combination with Vervain for stage fright and audition nerves.

Follow These Strategies to REVERSE AND AVOID OSTEOPOROSIS:

  • Take herbal supplements to provide an easily digestible calcium source containing synergistic nutrients, like Eve’s Herbs Cramp Bark or MNF.
  • Replace colas in your diet with pure water, diluted fruit or vegetable juices (if you drink alcohol, use small to moderate amounts).
  • Do moderate amounts of exercise at least 2-3 times per week (especially resistance types – body weight, stretch bands or weights) for good bone and muscle strength.
  • Avoid osteoporosis medications as these simply back up old, weak and brittle bone, rather than creating new strong bone, resulting in bone fractures or worse.

For a more comprehensive approach to osteoporosis, see our Osteoporosis Therapy Pack (click here).

*Am J Clin Nutr vol. 84 no. 4 936-942

 

Doc Eve

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