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How does bone health affect the body?
Our bones are a very important part of our bodies. They protect organs, anchor muscles, provide structure, and store calcium.
Having strong bones provides our body with a solid framework, decreasing the chances of injury or bone fractures. Whether you’re an athlete and into fitness or not, having sturdy bones helps support a comfortable and healthy posture and increases bodily comfort.
Our bones change continuously, with new bones growing in and old ones getting broken down. When we’re younger, we generate bone a lot faster. Once we reach the age of 30, we are at our bone mass peak, after which our bones begin to slowly deteriorate. Up until that so called “bone mass peak”, we can attain bone mass through exercise, vitamins, nutrition and dietary supplements. The more bone we amass by the age of 30, the less likely we are of developing osteoporosis, which is a condition characterized by weak bones, as we get older.
What supplements should be used?
It’s important to try and get ahead of any possible problems with your bones by starting to watch your vitamin and mineral intake at an earlier age, but with the right supplements, you’ll be able to keep your bones from serious deterioration at an older age as well.
Calcium and magnesium are some of the best supplements you can take for bone health. The recommended dosage for adults (age 19 and over) is 1000mg per day, increasing to 1200mg a day for women over 50.
It’s necessary to get sufficient vitamin D as well since you need it in order for your body to properly absorb calcium. The recommended dosage for adults is 600 IUs (international units) per day and 800 IUs for those over 70.