Category Archives: Nutrition

Vitamin D- just another vitamin?

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We all know that calcium is good for bones, and much has been written about this, but calcium goes hand in hand with vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for the development and maintenance of bone, both for its role in assisting calcium absorption from food in the intestine, and for ensuring the renewal and […]

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Nutrition and Bone Health 2

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Calcium requirements Calcium requirements differ between Countries and are also dependent on your age and sex. It is widely accepted that the most calcium is needed during the teenage years when there is a growth spurt (a period of rapid bone growth), and also for women over 50 and men over 70. Peak Bone Mass […]

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Exercise and Bones 3

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Exercise also maintains Bone in Adults Exercise does not only help to build bones in children and adolescents, it can also help to maintain bone in adults. Probably the most dramatic example of this is from a study where doctors examined astronauts after travelling in space at zero gravity. The most obvious consequence was the […]

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Other Micronutrients and Bone Health

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Although calcium and vitamin D are important for building and maintaining bone health, there are a number of other important nutrients. Vitamin K Vitamin K is needed for the production and functioning of a compound called osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is the second most abundant protein in bone after collagen, and it is required for bone mineralization. […]

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Negative Nutrition factors that may influence Bone Health

Alcohol Moderate alcohol intake is not thought to be harmful to bone. In contrast, higher levels of alcohol intake – more than 2 standard units of alcohol daily – were found to produce a significant increase in the risk of hip and other osteoporotic fractures. Excessive alcohol intake is known to have direct detrimental effects […]

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Dairy – Good or Bad for your Bones?

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It appears that there still are many conflicting views about the health benefits of cow’s milk and this is being perpetuated by many “health” advisors who tell the public that cow’s milk is only good for calves and the evil source of many an unexplained ailment! Milk makes a very valuable contribution to a healthy […]

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Calcium Supplementation

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There can be no doubt that calcium is an important bone mineral. Calcium is also important to support other critical bodily functions like controlling your blood pressure, maintaining your heart beat, stimulation of hormone secretions, and clotting of blood. Calcium is lost daily in the urine, sweat and feces. It should therefore be replaced in […]

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Vitamin D- Just another vitamin?

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Osteoporosis is a condition that causes a reduction in bone mass and a deterioration of bone structure.It is estimated that worldwide an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds. At 50 years of age, one in three women and one in five men will suffer a fracture in their remaining lifetime. For women this risk is […]

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