As we age the bone cells start to wear off and eventually weakening and dying as a result of which osteoporosis develops. The bone mass gets reduced thus making the bones so brittle that they can get easily broken by minor falls or even after experiencing sudden harsh coughs.
Osteoporosis or osteopenia affects the older generation and because of that people from this generation are advised to start taking supplements in time. People who already suffer from this condition take bisphosphonates drugs like Alendronate (Fosamax) Risedronate (Actonel, Atelvia) Ibandronate (Boniva) Zoledronic acid (Reclast), but these drugs can only worsen the state of the bones making them more brittle and easily breakable under normal loads. In terms of vitamin and mineral use, the vitamin D and calcium are being recommended.
However, according to the latest researches the vitamin that the body most needs is vitamin C. Even though the calcium levels are really low in osteoporotic bone, elevating the intake of calcium supplements does not improve osteoporotic bone health.
Scurvy of the Bones
According to a scientific hypothesis osteoporosis is in fact the scurvy of the bones, meaning that the higher intake of vitamin C will restore the balance of antioxidants that will contribute to the formation of healthy bone structure. Bones suffer significantly as a result of antioxidant shortage that leads to increased oxidative stress. The presence of antioxidants in the body will prevent the oxidation in the bones or for that matter anywhere in the body. Hence, it is believed that the intake of vitamin C will potentially reverse osteoporosis.
Good Nutrition is the Ultimate Goal
There are many supplements available on the market, but the basis for good health is always good nutrition, and supplements cannot be its replacement. The proper balance of hormones and nutrients in the body will allow the matrix of the bone to incorporate calcium and nutrients where they are needed.
The vitamins and minerals that the body needs when suffering from osteoporosis are Vitamin C, Vitamin K2, vitamin D3, boron, silica, and magnesium. A diet containing these nutrients is more effective in preventing fractures and keeping bone health.
The commonly taken calcium ends up in the heart muscles and valves, and as well as in the blood vessels, leading to a cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, an adequate ratio of vitamin C, D3 and K2, along with the calcium intake will properly direct it to where it belongs to, and it will not end up in the heart and blood vessels.
This vitamin is a vital part in collagen synthesis, plus it mineralizes the bone and promotes bone-forming, lowers oxidative stress, and prevents excessive degradation of bone by impeding bone absorbing cells.
A body that lacks vitamin C is more prone to osteoclasts (bone cells that degrade) and osteoblasts (bone cells that lay down mineral) thus hampering the formation of new bone.
Various researches have confirmed that the elderly with fractured bones have substantially lower levels of vitamin C in their blood.
So, introduce vitamin C supplements into your diet if you want to protect your bones as they are the most non-toxic and safe ones. In addition to this, as a general supplement, adults should take 2 to 5 grams per day of sodium ascorbate. We recommend the intake of liposomal vitamin C; however the use of Ester-C or calcium ascorbate should be avoided. Camu-Camu is considered the best natural plant-based source of this vitamin.
According to holistic practitioners vitamin K2 is valuable for the health of the cardiovascular system and bones. Vitamin D3 is also important and the level of about 50-70 mg/ml will enhance the immunity and better overall bone health.