Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by the weakening of bones leaving them susceptible to fracture.
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Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body absorbed through foods including nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts), beans (black beans, edamame) and vegetables (spinach, potatoes). It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body helping maintain nerve and muscle function, a healthy immune system, blood glucose levels, as well as, aiding in energy and protein production.
Magnesium homeostasis maintains bone integrity, Magnesium may help Osteoporosis by ensuring bone health.
Soybeans, also known as Glycine max, are a legume of the Fabaceae family. Known for their edible seed, soybeans are native to Southeast Asia with roots tracing back to the 11th century BC. Soy Isoflavones are the plant-based phytoestrogens, mainly genistein and daidzein, present in soybeans. By binding to estrogen receptors, the compounds have both estrogen-agonist and estrogen-antagonist properties. Soy Isoflavones have been used in the treatment of hormone-dependent cancers, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, menopause and diabetes.
Soy Isoflavones may help Osteoporosis by increasing bone density.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body absorbed through foods including seeds (chia), dairy (yogurt, milk, cheese), fish (sardines, salmon) and vegetables (Chinese cabbage, kale, turnip greens). Calcium maintains vascular and bone health, as well as muscle and nerve function.
Calcium may help Osteoporosis by protecting bone health, improving bone mass density and decreasing fractures, but not without potential side effects.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in foods including fish (salmon, trout, sardines) and mushrooms (morel, chanterelle, oyster, shiitake), but more substantially from sun exposure, as the sun’s ultraviolet rays trigger synthesis.
As a co-therapy with Calcium, Vitamin D may help Osteoporosis by reducing fractures and preventing bones.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin present in foods including vegetables (spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, collard greens, brussels sprouts), fruits (prunes, avocado, blueberries, figs), meat (beef liver, pork), dairy (cheese), eggs, and legumes (soybeans). Responsible for blood clotting and healthy bones, Vitamin K is used in the treatment of osteoporosis and heart disease.
Vitamin K is important for bone health, additionally, deficient levels are associated with low bone density and increased rate of fracture, however whether Vitamin K supplementation may help Osteoporosis remains largely inconclusive.
Boron is a trace mineral found in the natural environment and in foods including fruit (raisins, prunes, avocado, peaches, apples, pears) and legumes & nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, brazil, walnuts, peanuts, lentils, chickpeas). Used as a food preservative in the 1800s, Boron builds bone strength, muscle mass and coordination; increases testosterone levels, and improves cognitive skills. It is used in treatment of menstrual cramps, vaginal yeast infections, osteoporosis and athletic performance.
As it is essential to growth and bone maintenance, Boron may help Osteoporosis, but studies are inconclusive.
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