For the 50+ million Americans who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or other bone-density disorders, weak bones is a reality of daily life. However, osteoporosis is much more serious than many people realize. In fact, in some cases, individuals with osteoporosis can break bones from merely sneezing. This bone loss could ultimately lead to permanent pain or even height loss, and can result in immobility.
While there is unfortunately no cure for osteoporosis, dietary supplements are often utilized as treatment to strengthen bones as much as possible. Some individuals opt for taking these supplements in pill form; however we prefer utilizing the natural vitamins and minerals in superfoods to get our extra nutrients.
While we never recommend utilizing superfoods as a replacement for prescribed treatments or medications without speaking to your doctor first, here are a few superfoods that may be helpful to incorporate into your diet.
One of yacon powder’s hidden superpowers resides in its fructooligosaccharides (FOS). FOS are a type of sugar or insulin that can’t be absorbed by the human body, so it passes gently through the human system and breaks down slowly without effect on blood sugar. Plus, FOS are known for increasing the successful digestion of calcium, magnesium, and iron in the body. As a result, the FOS in our Organic Raw Yacon Powder have been known to increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
Many people know that the Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp seeds are great for improving brain power, but did you know that these fatty acids also reduce high levels of inflammation in your body? When there is inflammation in the body, osteoclasts, the cells that break down bones, are activated. Usually, osteoclasts help us remove old bone cells, but when our bodies are filled with too much inflammation, they start removing good bone as well. Studies have shown osteoporosis present in animals with low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s important to maintain high levels of fatty acids in order to strengthen our bones.
Buckwheat powder’s magic lies in its high levels of boron and calcium, both of which are extremely important for individuals with osteoporosis and other bone-density disorders. Boron and calcium go well together, as boron facilitates our bodies’ absorption of calcium, the most important mineral for bone mineralization. Bone mineralization is the process most essential for strong bones, so buckwheat powder provides us with two extra boosts to avoid osteoporosis.
For individuals with osteoporosis, oftentimes calcium supplements are not enough support for their bones. Instead, these individuals require additional amino acids, specifically lysine, to aid in the absorption of calcium and reduce the amount of calcium that is lost through urination. Additionally, when consumed in conjunction with Vitamin D, amino acids block the enzymes that break down the collagen in our connective tissue and bones. Luckily, spirulina contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a great superfood for individuals with osteoporosis.