Natural Strategies For Treating And Preventing Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting the older population; while both sexes can suffer from it, it most commonly strikes in Caucasian and Asian women who tend to be thinner with smaller frames. While the aging process will naturally produce changes in our body we can’t totally stop, it doesn’t necessarily have to lead to the development of specific health conditions. While we may lose bone mass as we get older, this does not mean something like osteoporosis is inevitable in people who are at an increased risk of developing it. There are steps you can that can both reduce your risk, or help treat your bone loss if you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Here are some natural strategies that are worth considering.
Yoga has been getting a lot of attention in the West in recent years, and its popularity as a form of exercise, stress-relief, and tool for strengthening your spiritual connection continues to grow. Many studies have found it an effective measure for enhancing well-being and improving myriad conditions, such as high blood pressure.
It looks like it might be good for bone health as well. One study from a physician at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found just doing yoga for 10 minutes a day over a period of two years lead to an increase in bone density. Yoga poses use the type of movement that encourage bone cells found in mature bones to make the proteins necessary for new bone. These processes take place both when you are moving between poses, and when you are simply still and holding them. It also appears to encourage the production of synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints and activates chondrocytes, which are the cells involved in creating new cartilage.
The pushing and pulling of the muscle and the bone created by yoga are best realized by holding a pose for at least 12 seconds, and up to 72. On average, hold for at least 30 seconds for optimal benefit.
When it comes to getting optimal amounts of nutrients required of the body for proper functioning, your diet should always be the first place you are getting said nutrients. Supplements are meant to be just that—supplements. They can help fill in the gaps; they can give you the extra amount needed for therapeutic purposes, an amount that may be difficult to consume through food alone.
Vitamin K plays a crucial role in bone health by helping bind calcium to the bone; when a woman begins menopause, her body’s ability to use the vitamin for this purpose may be compromised, meaning even if she consumes enough vitamin K, it may not be enough. To ensure adequate amounts, you can supplement with between 150 and 500 mcg.
Soy isoflavones, which act like estrogen in the body in many ways, may also help because reduced estrogen production accelerates bone loss. Ipriflavone, which is made from isoflavones found in soy, red clover and other sources, may help slow bone loss, especially when combined with calcium supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids may help on several fronts, such as helping the body absorb calcium more efficiently, reducing calcium lost in the urine, improving bone strength and promoting bone growth.
Several herbal remedies may improve bone health. Black cohosh, a rich source of phytoestogens, is a commonly used supplement to address the problems wrought by diminished estrogen production in the body, such as hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause—by acting like the estrogen found in the body, it may help with bone health. Red clover may be useful for this same reason. Horsetail may help due to its rich stores of silicon, which are believe to strengthen the bones. Kelp is rich in mineral vital for bone health; oat straw may also prevent and treat osteoporosis by boosting levels of hormones linked to bone cell
Kelli Cooper, writing for Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics enjoys writing about natural health strategies for preventing and treating health problems.