Bone Is Continually Changing
Contrary to popular notion, bone is a dynamic, living tissue that is constantly undergoing a process called remodeling.
Remodeling consists of two major phases:
- Bone resorption, or breakdown. Bone cells called osteoclasts remove old and damaged bone tissue.
- Bone formation. Other bone cells called osteoblasts and osteocytes create a new bone matrix (the web-like, micro-architecture of bone), and use calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals to harden the matrix.
From birth until about age 40, bone remodeling occurs in relative balance, building bones that are hard, dense, and strong. But menopause marks a major turning point in a woman's bone physiology. The steady decline of estrogen combined with a subtle increase of inflammatory markers after menopause may contribute to an increase in bone resorption. Over time, this can make the bone matrix more and more fragile, resulting in an increased risk of fracture.
Why Mineral Supplements May Not Be Enough
Calcium, phosphorus, and other trace minerals are essential for maintaining bone density and hardness. But even the highest quality minerals may not work as well on a weak bone matrix.
A Natural Approach to Healthy Bone Remodeling
Standard approaches to osteoporosis prevention focus on achieving and maintaining peak bone mass or density. But thanks to new scientific developments, we now know that a combination of the following nutrients may target the quality of the bone matrix in women with low estrogen levels:
- Berberine and reduced iso-alpha acids derived from hops — key botanicals shown to beneficially influence cellular processes involved in bone health
- Vitamin K — a key nutrient for the metabolism of bone proteins crucial to bone integrity
- Vitamin D — an important nutrient associated with healthy bone formation and bone mineralization
Ask Us About Bone Health Support Today
Bone health is important at every age, but for postmenopausal women who want to enjoy life to the fullest, it's crucial. Don't wait! To find out more about natural approaches to bone health support, call our office and schedule an appointment today.
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