Nutritional Support for Bones and Teeth
Bones provide the framework support for our bodies and bone tissue supports both teeth and jaws. Bones are made up of primarily two large compounds: Collagen and Calcium Phosphate.
More than 99% of the bodies calcium is contained in bones and teeth. Osteoporosis and osteopenia are bone diseases that cause a weakening or brittleness to bone tissue. Our bones are constantly being “remodeled” which means new and old bone cells are being made and lost. As we age, we do not make new bone as fast as we lose old bone which may lead to osteopenia and osteoporosis. We can prevent and treat osteoporosis by vitamin and mineral supplementation, weight-bearing exercises, sunlight, and hormone replacement therapy if needed.
Building dense bone requires adequate intake of many compounds: different types of calcium, vitamins D, C, and K, collagen, silica, boron, manganese, magnesium, strontium, and phosphorus to name a few. The addition of whole foods and compounds will increase the absorption and deposition of new bone. A partial list includes broccoli, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, yucca fruit, and horsetail.
There are many calcium types that may be taken as supplements. Calcium carbonate (chalk) for example is cheap but also poorly absorbed. Other types may be contaminated with heavy metals or processed under poor conditions. I recommend whole food bone formulas which include MCHA (microcrystalline hydroxyapatite) calcium. This calcium is made from veal bones and comes from New Zealand and is highly absorbable and free of contamination.
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