Beyond Calcium: Supporting Strong Bones

Beyond Calcium: Supporting Strong Bones

Bone health comes down to the right nutrients. Plenty of exercise and a healthy, balanced diet are a great foundation for overall health, but for strong, healthy bones that will carry you through your golden years, you're probably going to need a strategy that includes key vitamins and minerals.

  1. Feed your bones

    Eat your way to a healthier body! Start with a healthy diet that's rich in leafy greens, protein and calcium-rich sources.

  2. Fill in dietary gaps with supplements

    There's a reason why calcium is so popular, but in fact, there are two vitamins that may be just as essential for bone health. Vitamin D helps maintain your already-healthy calcium levels, and vitamin K promotes your healthy bone structure. We also recommend bone health supplements, such as, magnesium, boron, collagen and zinc—all of which offer additional support for our bones.

  3. Reduce your risk factors

    Some risk factors for bone health concerns are out of your control, such as your age, ethnicity and gender and body type; older, Caucasian and Asian women are more susceptible to bone health concerns. However, drinking, smoking, a poor diet and lack of exercise also increase your risk—so be sure to choose a bone-healthy lifestyle!

  4. Check your bone density

    If you're concerned about bone health, ask your doctor if you should have a bone density test, which measures the mineral content in your bones, and offers an accurate assessment of your overall bone strength.

General Bone Health

Maintain strong, healthy bones with a healthy diet, regular exercise and supplements to supply the vitamins and minerals you need.

Bone Health Information & Research

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What is the best vitamin for bone health?

Most people think about minerals such as calcium and boron when it comes to bone health. But certain vitamins are important, too. In particular, vitamins D and K are good for bone health. Vitamin D helps maintain already-healthy calcium levels so plenty is available for your bones. Vitamin K helps support a special protein that helps promote healthy bone structure.

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Which supplements support healthy bone density?

Supplements that contain plant hormones known as phytoestrogens can help support healthy bone mineral density. These phytoestrogens include the soy isoflavones genistein, daidzein and glycitein. Among vitamins and minerals, vitamins C, D, and E, and calcium and magnesium are important. Collagen calcium chelate and resveratrol may also be supportive.

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What is good for bone health?

The best approach to maintaining bone health is to lead a generally healthy life. That means eat healthy, exercise, don’t smoke and minimize alcohol intake. If you’re concerned about bone health, ask your doctor if you should have a bone density scan. Supplementation with nutrients such as calcium, boron, vitamin D and vitamin K can help support bone health, but supplementation is only one part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

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