Newsletter Volume 1
Osteoporosis and Slow Oxidation
Proper maintenance of our bone structures requires a wide variety of nutrients, many of which are deficient in modern refined-food diets. Exercise also appears to offer benefits. However, excessive stress (even excessive exercise), can worsen the tendency for osteoporosis.
Prevention and nutritional correction of osteoporosis begins with a diet of high-quality natural foods and a regular exercise program. This is most important for women, who are more prone to osteoporosis.
Ridding the body of unwanted calcium deposits can be aggravating. Especially if they interfere with walking or movements within muscles. I found that when a person is under a lot of stress ~ be it a trauma, emotional or mental upset, physical changes, both internal and external stress, the calcium and magnesium mineral levels are shown to be elevated and sodium and potassium levels decrease.
Dietary Phosphorus, Sugar and Caffeine
A diet high in meat and bread products contains high amounts of phosphorus. Phosphorus, by binding calcium, prevents its absorption. High-phosphorus foods include meats, grains, nuts and seeds. Dairy products and vegetables are lower in phosphorus, which improves the availability of calcium from these food sources.
Caffeine and sugar were shown to increase calcium excretion in the urine (Nutr. Res. 8 (9):1005-1012, 1988). Soft drinks are particularly detrimental because they contain high levels of phosphorus, caffeine and sugar.
Toxic Metals And Osteoporosis
Cadmium poisoning is associated with demineralization of bone. The reasons for this may include:
- cadmium interferes with zinc, which is required for bone repair.
- cadmium causes a rise in sodium levels, which then increases the solubility of calcium.
- cadmium can directly compete with and displace calcium.
- cadmium appears to affect copper metabolism, with resulting effects upon calcium fixation in the bones.
Studies indicate that a wide range of nutrients are involved in bone formation and bone maintenance. We have discussed the importance of calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese. Boron appears to assist calcium retention in the bones. Vitamin C is required for maintenance of the bone matrix. Vitamin D assists in calcium absorption. The adrenal glands require still other nutrients such as pantothenic acid and vitamins A and E.
This material is for educational purposes only The preceding statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Getting enough Vitamin D is crucial for absorbing and metabolizing calcium and phosphorous, which are especially important in the maintenance of healthy bones. While it can be obtained through sunlight exposure and diet, very few foods naturally contain vitamin D.
You’re never too old or too young to benefit from calcium.