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Your Bone Health -
Don't Forget This Often Neglected First Step
You won't build
bone unless you first make certain this is solidly in place...
The Nourishing Company
Volume V # 74
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doubt you're well aware of how important it is to protect your bone health, especially as you age. And you're
probably motivated to do it, too. Seeing those old people stooped over, unable to hold themselves upright,
faces contorted with the effort, are difficult to forget.
You likely also know the important role that calcium
plays. After all, bones are made from that important mineral (among others.)
You might even be taking a calcium supplement, perhaps
it was even recommended to you by a health professional. You might even have added some vitamin D as
But is that sufficient to protect you? Are calcium and vitamin D adequate to
keep your bones healthy?
In a word, no. What's often missing is a crucial
step that happens in bone formation before the step in which bones are mineralized with calcium. And just
because it's one you rarely hear about, doesn't mean it's not important. In fact it's so important,
that if you miss it, you will never have healthy bones, no matter how much calcium and vitamin D you pour into your
To understand why, it's important to know how bones are
formed. In short, before the bones can use calcium to become hardened and strong, they have to have a
connective tissue matrix. Then, once the connective tissue matrix is made, vitamin K attaches itself to the
cross links in the connective tissue net, and only then does the calcium become attached.
Without that connective tissue matrix, the
mineralization process has no where to attach itself to. In fact, the relative strength of the connective
tissue matrix is why two people can have the same bone mineral density, but one suffers fractures and the other
In short, connective tissue is the mother of
How can you support the formation of healthy connective
tissue so it can form the strands and weave itself together so that bone minerals can deposit
Building a strong connective tissue matrix is supported
through making certain it has the components necessary to assemble itself into the strands that later will hold
bone deposits. Those strands are made up of the following components:
4. Vitamin C
5. Vitamin E, and
6. Vitamin A.
Happily, a diet composed of whole organic foods with at
least 30% of them raw, will supply these nutrients, so that supplementation is not routinely
But there's one more key ingredient to building healthy
connective tissue, which is that the body needs to be 'instructed' to do it. Such commands are driven by
hormones. Again, you might think you're 'covered' in that department if you are taking progesterone and
estrogen, or if you know your blood test levels for those two hormones came back normal. Again, this is
The 'orders' to build connective tissue are given by the
hormone testosterone. Yes, testosterone in both men and women is the hormone that drives production of
Keep the six nutrients listed above coming in to your
body in adequate amounts, and keep your testosterone levels normalized, and you will have the key ingredients
necessary to build the connective tissue matrix that must be in place before you can harden bones with deposits of
calcium, magnesium, phosphorus.
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