Wholefood Medicine for Osteoporosis
Vitamin K is also thought to help prevent osteoporosis. It is found in asparagus, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, oatmeal, oats, rye, safflower oil, soybeans and wheat. Herbs that can supply vitamin K include alfalfa, green tea, kelp, nettle, oat straw and shepherd’s purse. However, the majority of the body’s
supply of this vitamin is synthesized by the “friendly” bacteria normally present in the intestines.
Plant estrogens are abundant in alfalfa sprouts. They increase bone formation and density and prevent bone breakdown or osteoporosis.
Researchers have found that elderly men and women who get lots of potassium have higher bone mineral density, which is a measure of bone strength
Strengthens Your Bones. If you are concerned about osteoporosis, eating beets can put your worries at ease. The red roots are rich in three nutrients, potassium, magnesium and beta-carotene. All three help keep your bones strong.
When putting together a bone building system, including okra because it arms you against osteoporosis. It’s full of beta carotene, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C.
Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach with its delicate texture and jade green color provide a greater variety of nutrients than any other foods.We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that besides feeding his muscles he was also protecting himself against osteoporosis.
Magnesium and zinc-rich foods, such as pumpkin seeds, contribute to bone mineral density. A study of almost 400 men ranging in age from 45-92 that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a clear correlation between low dietary intake of magnesium and zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral, and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
Things to avoid
Smoking: Cigarette smoking is bad for your bones, your heart and your lungs
Table Salt: Sodium and chloride, the ingredients of table salt, increase the calcium requirement by increasing urinary calcium excretion
Medications can cause bone loss: The long-term use of medications like glucocorticoids, which are medications prescribed for a wide variety of diseases, including arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and other diseases of the lungs, kidneys and liver, can lead to a loss of bone density and fractures.
Other non-food things to do
- Get plenty of sunshine. Natural sunlight is absolutely essential for good health. Without it, you are far more susceptible to cancer, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and many other diseases. Sunlight is a natural cure that helps the body maintain high levels vitamin D which significantly influence calcium balance because it increases calcium absorption in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Natural Salt. Natural salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis is often a result of salt and water shortage in the body.
- Engage in regular exercise at least three times per week. Bone is similar to muscle as it is a living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. The most excellent exercise for your bones is weight-bearing exercise that forces you to work against gravity.
- For fracture and breaks. Eat half a pineapple every day until it’s completely healed. Pineapples contains Bromelain, an enzyme that helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. Do not eat canned or processed pineapples.
- Boron / Borax – Borax (sodium tetraborate hexahydrate or sodium borate) is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of sodium, Boron, oxygen and water. It has been used as a remedy for over 4000 years. Most people only get between 1.7 and 7 mg of Boron per day, all plants on the earth have it in them… but humans get it mainly from fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables. For Osteoporsis get a dose of 10 mg per day, “Dissolve one level teaspoon” of pure Borax/Boron in “one litre of water” to make a concentrated solution. Take 2 teaspoons of this concentrate “twice daily” with meals.When you consume Borax it seems to work synergistically with magnesium, so keep your magnesium foods intake up while using Borax. High Magnesium foods include dark leafy greens like spinach etc. all nuts and seeds, beans lentils legumes, bananas, avocados, figs, and Dark Chocolate.
Information sourced from The Farmacist Desk Reference by Don Tolman