By Briana McDonald; (UtopiaSilver.com) Americans consume more dairy products and other foods high in calcium per capita than the citizens of any other two nations on earth put together. Yet we also have the world’s highest rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures among elderly people. Dr. Suzanne Humphries M.D. gives a beautiful explanation of what osteoporosis really is and her opinion of a more effective way to treat it.
Scurvy of the bones
Scurvy is a disease caused by a deficiency in Vitamin C; you may be wondering what this has to do with bone health. Vitamin C does several things to strengthen bones, it:
- Mineralizes the bone and stimulates bone forming cells to grow
- Prevents over degradation of bone by inhibiting bone absorbing cells
- Dampens oxidative stress (aging)
- Vital in collagen synthesis
Vitamin C Deficiency, NOT Calcium Deficiency
The usual treatment protocol for osteoporosis is a supplementation of Calcium and medicines called bisphosphonates which Dr. Humphries calls “irrational, dogmatic, harmful approaches to the problem of degrading bone as we age.” Having an excess of Calcium, especially the wrong type of Calcium, creates a calcification of the blood vessels and arteries creating vascular disease. When vitamin C is low, cells that degrade bone called octeoclasts proliferate, and bone cells that lay down mineral and new bone called osteoblasts are not formed.
“Humans, monkeys and guinea pigs don’t make any vitamin C. This leaves us on our own to get our needs met. Cats weighing only about 10-15 pounds, synthesize more than 15 times the RDA of vit C recommended for humans. Goats are about the size of a human adults, and under no stress they synthesize 13G per day. Under stress it can rise to 100G. Do not fear taking vitamin C. It is the one of the most non-toxic and safe supplements known. Use liposomal vitamin C, sodium ascorbate or ascorbic acid.”
A More Constructive Approach to What Osteoporosis Really Is
“Every disease can be traced back to a mineral deficiency.”
- Vitamin C- Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, along with Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and many other plant-based nutrients. Antioxidants block some of the damage caused by free radicals, substances that damage DNA. The buildup of free radicals over time may contribute to the aging process and the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and Arthritis. For more information on Vitamin C, click here.
- Vitamin K2- absolutely essential to building strong bones, preventing heart disease, and crucial part of other bodily processes.
- Vitamin D3 in winter and sun in summer –regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitates normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of the vitamin is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
- Boron- “The bone building capacities of boron are often ignored in favor of calcium. However, boron actually works in unison with calcium to strengthen the bones. It plays a very important role in minimizing the risks of osteoporosis and arthritis. Boron also helps in the metabolism of minerals that are involved in bone development such as calcium, magnesium and copper. Furthermore, boron affects various hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, which are also related to the overall health of the body’s bones.”
- Silica- causes the strengthening of connective tissues and bones, but is also useful in taking care of nails, hair and skin.
- Magnesium – Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
According to Dr. Humphries, these are all far more important to preventing fracture and keeping bones healthy than calcium which can and will land in the muscles of the heart, the heart valves and the blood vessels leading to cardiovascular disease. Remember that supplements are not a replacement for good nutrition and scientists are constantly discovering new things about food and its interaction with the body that we do not currently understand. However, if you are unable to meet the therapeutic requirements in your diet then supplementation is an effective alternative. When you know what osteoporosis really is, you will know how to really treat it.
- Citrus Fruits
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Raw Cacao
- Brown rice