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Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2019

What Supplements Should You Take to Boost Your Bone Health?

Your bones aid you in movement, protect the vital organs and form the basic structure of your body. Protecting your bones is as important as taking care of any vital organs inside your body.  Although the food you consume maybe rich in essential vitamins and minerals required for the body, sometimes you might have to take additional supplements that compliment your food to enhance the health of your bones. This is because, as you age, your body is unable to produce enough minerals and vitamins for your bones due to which you start facing many bone-related issues, often ending in osteoporosis, osteomalacia, etc. The supplements that you take for improving the health of your bones are rich in calcium, vitamins D, B12, A, C, and K, and other essential minerals such as fluoride, zinc, iron, silicon, copper, potassium, phosphorus, boron and manganese.

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Supplements That Boost Bone Health

You must be aware that calcium tablets are very good for your bones since they help in the bone remodelling process, that is resorption of old bones and the formation of new ones in its place. Calcium binds to the bones and strengthens it. Similarly, your doctor may also advise you to take MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) supplements to have healthy bones and joints apart from other vitamins and mineral supplements. Let us understand the key benefits of calcium and MSM for the body.

Benefits of calcium supplements  

As mentioned before, calcium helps in bone remodelling, which is one of the most important processes that happen in a human body, and you would require calcium boost (in the form of calcium tablets that your physician prescribes for you) if your diet does not have enough quantities of it. Here are some of the benefits of this supplement:

 

  • Helps prevent bone loss: Calcium gets deposited and absorbed in the bone matrix and helps in the formation of new bones while the old ones undergo resorption. If your diet has very less calcium, the formation of new bones will be affected leading to weakening of bones and in severe cases osteoporosis.
  • Helps in fat loss: One of the major reasons for obesity among youngsters is the intake of calcium-deficient and carbs-rich or high-sodium food that includes excess salt and sugar. Taking calcium tablets in addition to a calorie-controlled diet helps in losing excess fat easily.
  • Has overall health benefits: Studies have shown that taking calcium supplements keeps blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol under control and improves the body’s metabolism.

 

Benefits of MSM supplements

MSM is an essential compound used by the body which helps in reducing the pressure inside a human cell by removing unwanted toxins and fluids that affect the cell membrane. Following are the benefits of MSM supplements:

 

  • Decrease joint pain: These supplements help prevent cartilage breakdown and also reduce joint pain or stiffness in the joints.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Its anti-inflammatory properties are the main reason why it helps in alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, which is a case of chronic pain and inflammation in the joints.

 

In order to have healthy bones, you have to supplement your body with essential minerals and vitamins, and taking calcium and MSM as an added supplement to boost the health of your bones may be helpful to your body. Ensure you take only the quantity prescribed by your physician as excess intake of such supplements may have negative impacts.

Author: Lynn Joseph

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