Calcium is a vital mineral required for the formation of strong bones, as it helps increase the density and strength of bones. Calcium can be found in some foods, particularly dairy. However, many people do not get their recommended daily intake (RDI) of calcium from their diet. Fortunately, if you are not getting enough calcium from your diet, calcium can be taken in the form of a natural supplement.
Do You Know What the Best Form of Calcium is?
If you need to take a calcium supplement, keep in mind that not all calcium supplements are created equal. Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite is a form of calcium shown to be superior to other forms of calcium. This form of calcium has been shown to be very well absorbed and highly effective in the management of osteoporosis. As well as calcium, microcrystalline hydroxyapatite also contains all the natural elements of healthy bone, including silica, boron, type 1 collagen, zinc, manganese, copper, and the all-important GAGs (glycosaminoglycans). GAGs are proteins upon which bone tissue is built, and are not present in other types of calcium supplements.
Nutrients to Build Bone
As well as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite, the following herbs, vitamins and minerals also help to keep your bones healthy and strong:
- Epimedium – This herb is believed to enhance bone strength, by stimulating the activity of the cells that are responsible for bone formation.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D is required for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It is necessary for the proper growth and development of bones.
- Magnesium – Magnesium is an important mineral for the growth and strength of bone. Correct levels of magnesium are needed to ensure the proper utilisation of calcium in the growth of bone tissue.
If you need extra calcium, talk to our staff. Our naturopaths and clinical staff can also advise you on a natural supplement that contains all of these nutrients in one convenient tablet.
There is a lot that can be done to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis. For advice on diet and lifestyle modifications, as well as the best supplements to minimise your risk of developing osteoporosis and bone fractures, talk to our qualified Naturopaths today.