Bone Strength — Essential As We Age
“Resistance” Activities and Nutrition are Key
UNLESS YOU’RE a high-impact athlete, you probably don’t think much about how strong or resilient your bones are; until that is, you get into your sixth decade or higher, particularly if you’re a woman.
Although women tend to loose bone mass at the same rate as similarly aged men, they suffer far more hip fractures for reasons that are not clearly understood. (Read more)
Could it be that women naturally loose lean muscle mass more quickly than men and thus are more prone to falling as they get older?
Whatever the reason, it makes sense to ensure your bones stay strong. The best ways to do this are:
- Resistance. Make sure you do activities that stress (in a good way) your bones so that they maintain their capacity to handle the work load put upon them. You need not start doing squats with a heavily loaded barbell at the age of 80, but holding a chair for balance and squatting up and down is helpful, as is walking up hills. Both these activities put a “load” on the bones (and muscles) and help them become stronger.
- Nutrition. Make sure your bones are getting the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain or build strength. The combination of Magnesium and Calcium is a good starter (you need Magnesium to help the assimilation of Calcium), but there’s more you can do that’s beneficial… read on.
Currently, I’m content with the level of Magnesium and Calcium contained in any of the three exceptional multiple-vitamin/mineral complex vitamin supplements I write about here, and take most everyday (except my rest day on Sunday), particularly since I actively “stress” my bones with weightlifting, hill climbing and yoga.
However, when I cracked my pelvis in a bicycle accident and wanted to improve my recovery time, I turned to New Chapter’s Bone Strength. As with my experience with all these supplements, there was no double-blind study, but I did heal very rapidly.
So, if you’re not covered by the multivitamin/mineral complex you’re taking, or need a boost, check out:
Bone Strength Take Care by New Chapter Offers a calcium complex derived from whole food that delivers key essential nutrients in their safest, most active form, such as calcium carbonate (also known as limestone), and a special form of plant, called Algas Calcareas that is harvested from the pristine shores of a protected national reserve park in South America.
Strontium Bone Maker Clinically proven help for the prevention & treatment of osteoporosis & other bone-related conditions.
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Just as with the descriptive statements made at the various company sites that manufacture and/or sell the supplement products presented in this blog, none, or nearly none, of the potential benefits stated here have been evaluated by the FDA. Likewise none, or nearly none, of the products here can be represented to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Before engaging a supplement program, it always makes sense to get the advice of your health practitioner.