Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It is a progressive disease in which the bones gradually become weaker and weaker, causing changes in posture and resulting in a higher susceptibility to bone fractures. Women are more afflicted by this disorder than men, with postmenopausal women being the highest risk group. It is caused by a loss of calcium and other mineral and organic matrix essential to bones.
Many people think that Osteoporosis is simply a disease of too little calcium, but it is quite a bit more complex than that. You cannot fix Osteoporosis by simply taking calcium supplements, as many other nutrients are necessary. Many forms of calcium have a poor absorption rate. The most popular form of calcium, Calcium carbonate, is the least absorbable of all and thus contributes little to the cure of Osteoporosis. Many people feel that dairy foods are the best source of calcium, but people often have dairy sensitivities, and can’t digest and/or absorb the calcium from dairy. (See Appendices section for various dairy and non-dairy sources of Calcium).
Vitamin D3 is one of the best substances to aid in the absorption of calcium. Vegetarians, and even vegans who consume no eggs or dairy, show a much lower incidence of Osteoporosis. The figures for vegetarians and non-vegetarians show a similar bone mass up to age fifty, but a dramatic reduction in cases of Osteoporosis after age fifty in non-vegetarians. It appears that high protein intake after age fifty contributes to the decline. Many women lower meat intake after 50 years of age in light of this information.
Refined sugar seems to be one of the largest co-factors in Osteoporosis, with heavier sugar consumers scoring lower on bone density tests. Soft drinks with high potassium and no calcium have been shown to contribute greatly to bone density loss.
Consumption of green leafy vegetables (kale, collards, parsley, leaf lettuce, etc.) has been shown to have a strong protective effect against Osteoporosis. These foods contain many nutrients that reduce Osteoporosis, especially Vitamin K, necessary in the formation of osteocalcin, essential for building the calcium and protein matrix in the bone. Other good foods to eat include fish (flounder, oysters, salmon, sardines), hazelnuts, kelp, molasses, sea vegetables (Nori seaweed has forty times the bio-available amount of calcium as milk), sesame seeds, soybeans, tahini (sesame seed butter), tofu, turnip greens, broccoli, apricots and wheat germ.
One of the most beneficial factors is weight bearing exercise such as walking and light weight lifting.
Nutritional Supplements: B complex (1 tablet, twice daily), B12 (2,000 mcg daily), Vitamin C (1,000 mg, twice daily), D3 (400 – 4,000 IU daily), Boron (3 mg daily), Calcium (1,000 – 1,500 mg daily), Magnesium (1,000 mg daily), Ipriflavones (200 mg, three times daily).