Concerned About Your Bone Health?
You Should Be…
By Dawn Jarvis, MS, RD, LDN – Garden of Life
Did you know that according to numerous recent studies, that taking
adequate amounts of both calcium and vitamin D as part of a healthful
diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis
and bone loss later in life?
The Surgeon General predicted over a decade ago that bone disease and
fractures “will have a tremendous negative impact on the future
well-being of Americans.” As we age, the renewal of bone structure
slows, causing bones to lose density and become more porous and brittle,
resulting in unexpected fractures.
When talking about bone loss, the increased risk of osteoporosis
should be of major concern. Some of the recent statistics are quite
- Osteoporosis leads to 1.5 million fractures per year—mostly hip,
spine and wrist. (National Institutes of Health)
- Osteoporosis afflicts 52 million Americans. (National Osteoporosis
- One in two women past the age of 50 will break a bone due to
osteoporosis. (National Osteoporosis Foundation)
- By the year 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 are expected
to have low bone density or osteoporosis. (National Osteoporosis
Over the years, clinical studies have underscored the importance of
calcium and bone health, including a New England Journal of Medicine
study showing that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements tends to
improve bone density and maintain strong bones and teeth.
What Can You Do to Prevent Bone Loss?
Eat more calcium-rich foods.
It sounds simple, but the truth is we should be eating more dark
green veggies and organic dairy products to increase our calcium intake.
This goes for people of all ages—not just those who are over the age of
Eating for Bone Health Top 5 Calcium-Rich Foods
- Dark Leafy Greens (such as Kale, Dandelion, Turnip, Arugula and
- Milk, Yogurt and Cheese (look for grass fed and organic)
more. Exercise and physical activity are an important part of
building and maintaining strong, healthy bones. A good all-around
program incorporates weight-bearing strength training exercises at least
three times per week—more often if possible.
Supplement your diet with a quality food based calcium formula.
Did you know that many of the leading calcium brands are made from
ground-up, pulverized limestone? Don’t eat crushed rocks to add calcium
to your diet. You want real, nutritious food-based calcium— that your
body recognizes and can utilize because it is food!
Recommended Whole Food Plant Calcium Supplements:
of Life’s Kind Organics Plant Calcium is a Certified USDA
Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified plant-based calcium made from algae
and whole foods with vegan Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 MK-7 for proper
absorption and utilization, containing 24 raw, organically grown fruits
of Life’s Vitamin Code Raw Calcium is raw, vegan, organic, non-GMO
Project Verfied whole food calcium made from marine algae and whole
foods with vegan Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 MK-7 for proper absorption
and utilization, containing 22 raw, organically grown fruits and
of Life’s Vitamin Code Grow Bone Kit includes the Vitamin Code
Raw Calcium and also the Vitamin Code Growth Factor S, which is a
combination of important bone health minerals such as strontium,
probiotics, enzymes and raw fruits and vegetables. These two formulas
together create a comprehensive and powerfully effective bone building
Note: The content provided in this article is intended for
informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to take
the place of professional medical advice. You are encouraged to consult
with your medical health care provider regarding any health concern or
health-related condition you may have.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food
and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose,
treat, cure or prevent any disease.