Osteoporosis affects around 50% of women between the ages of 45 and 70 in the United States. It is usually brought on by bad diet and lifestyle habits. It can be controlled and reversed with natural home remedies and cures.
After age 30, bones begin to weaken. Some bone loss is normal, but when the density of bone mass starts to turn porous and brittle, then bones could start breaking.
Men can get osteoporosis too but usually at an older age and not as many as women. Men have bigger and denser bones than women. They are substantially under diagnosed. Men over 50 should be assessed for osteoporosis.
Due to lack of exercise and a poor diet, many women are already losing bone in their twenties. Menopausal women start losing bone mass due to low estrogen and progesterone levels. Hormonal balance is important for good bone density. Home remedies and cures will help.
Early signs of osteoporosis could be gradual loss of height, gum disease and/or loose teeth, sudden insomnia and restlessness, nightly leg and foot cramps and persistent low back pain. Other symptoms are a stooped posture, dowager’s hump, sleeves and hems that used to fit but that now are too long and easily broken bones.
Risks and Root Causes
Being a woman
Being Caucasian or Asian
Went into Menopause early
Low calcium intake
Lack of sun exposure
Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks and/or coffee a day
Acidic pH balance
Dysfunctional Immune System
It’s been found that depression raises the risk of osteoporosis. In a study of a group young women who had suffered depression, they found their bone density to be 6% to 14% lower than those that never had depression. Home remedies and cures can help depression too.
Another risk factor for osteoporosis is prematurely gray hair. It has been found that people whose hair went more than half gray by age 40 were four times more likely to develop osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis may have a direct link to heart disease. *“Calcium lost from bones may in turn be stored in the arteries, which may contribute to the formation of plaque.” Be sure to get plenty of exercise and get on a prevention plan for osteoporosis and boost your calcium intake.
Researchers may have an antibiotic for treating osteoporosis someday. They have studied the effects of minocycline. It increases bone density and actually prevents bone loss. However, high doses of minocycline can be toxic to the liver. Better stick with home remedies and cures. They are safer.
In a study, it was found that eating 12 prunes a day increased blood levels of enzymes and growth factors indicative of bone formation. Only one of many great home remedies.
There are foods that should be avoided. Eliminate sugar, refined grains and soda pop. Do not eat processed foods. These are not natural home remedies or cures. Reduce your intake of red meat and salt. Moderate your use of caffeine and alcohol.
Calcium from cow’s milk is not well absorbed. *“Milk products lead to other health problems as well, so don’t rely on them as a source of calcium. Unsweetened, cultured yogurt is an exception.”
*“A 12-year study of more than 77,000 women found that those who drank more than 14 glasses of milk a week had 45% more hip fractures as compared to women who consumed 1 glass a week or less.”
Eat anti-inflammatory foods like dark, leafy green vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach and broccoli. Also eat fruits, nuts, seeds, fish rich in omega-3 (such as wild salmon), sardines and lean poultry. A pH-balanced diet is highly recommended. These are great natural home remedies and cures for almost anything that ails you.
Consuming fermented soy foods and protein powders increase bone formation. Also sea vegetables are high in calcium and helpful. Natural home remedies and cures are so much better for you than man-made drugs.
Don’t take calcium supplements made from bone meal or dolomite. They contain arsenic and lead. Get your calcium from food, juice or use a calcium citrate supplement which requires less stomach acid for absorption.
New federal guidelines tell us adults over 50 need to take 1,200 mg. of calcium a day. Under 50 should take 1,000 mg. a day, adolescents 1,300 mg.
A deficiency in B-12 is linked to osteoporosis. It is crucial to the function of osteoblasts (bone-forming cells).
Calcium (citrate, citrate-malate. Chelate or hydroxyapatite) - take 500 to 600 mg. twice daily
Magnesium - 250-350 mg. twice daily
Vitamin D3 - 5,000 IU daily with a meal
Vitamin K - 2-10 mg. daily up to 500 mcg. Daily
Strontium - 680 mg. daily
Essential fatty acid - 4 grams of fish oil daily along with 3,000 mg. of Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis)
Silicon - 50-20 mg. daily
Also recommended is a high-potency multivitamin.
Bisphosphonates, which include Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Didronel and Reclast are prescribed to women and men to treat osteoporosis. They are used to stimulate osteoblasts (the bone-forming cells) to slow down bone loss. These are man-made drugs, not natural home remedies or cures.
The possible side effects are heartburn, irritation of the esophagus, gastric ulcer, abdominal pain, headache, pain in muscles and joints, digestive disturbances and allergic reactions. Natural home remedies and cures don’t cause all of these side effects unless you ate something that you are allergic to.
Merck & Co. released a statement concerning the use of Fosamax in a new study it **“has material methodological flaws and scientific limitations, making it unreliable as a source for valid scientific conclusions regarding the prevalence of ONJ (osteonecrosis of the jaw) in patients taking alendronate.” Alendronate is Fosamax. There have been many cases of people who have taken Fosamax and did develop osteonecrosis of the jaw.
A group of physicians at Cornell University discovered that Fosamax caused fractures of the Femur thighbone and the breaks happened without suffering from falls or trauma.
In 2008 the FDA reported that Fosamax and other bisphosphonates could cause great incapacitating pain in bones, joints and/or muscles for unknown reasons. So many reasons why we should use natural home remedies and cures instead of man-made drugs.
It was also found that postmenopausal women who had used but stopped using Fosamax were at higher risk for atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem.
As I have found with most other health issues, it is so much safer to use natural home remedies and cures to treat your health problems. Osteoporosis can be slowed down or cured with a good healthy diet and all natural supplements.
*References taken from “Uncommon Cures For Everday Ailments” from the editors of Bottom Line/Health.
**Reference taken from “Bottom Line’s Health Breakthroughs 2010”.