Vitamin D and Calcium: Your Double Dose of Healthy Bone Support
Every single day, your body derives a number of nutrients from the food and drink you consume in order to maintain overall health and wellness. Calcium and vitamin D are two such essential nutrients that pose multiple health benefits to your body in addition to helping support healthy bones and joints. Both nutrients are essential to building strong, dense bones and to keeping them that way as you age.
As one of the most common minerals in the body, calcium is essential for maintaining the bone mass necessary to support the skeletal system. In addition to bone health, calcium helps support heart health, and proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Studies have also suggested that calcium, along with vitamin D, may have benefits beyond bone health: including cellular health, blood pressure support, and sugar levels.
Vitamin D also plays an important role in bone and muscle health. The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Insufficient vitamin D levels, in turn, lead to insufficient calcium absorption from the diet. When this happens, the body tends to take calcium from the bones, weakening existing bones and preventing the formation of strong, new bones in the process.
It is estimated that only 32% of adults in the U.S. receive enough calcium from their diet alone. If your own diet is lacking, you can fix that up by making different food choices that will keep your bones strong instead of brittle.
Boost Up Your Diet for a Stronger You
Bone loss accelerates more and more as we grow older, which is why a steady dose of calcium can help keep such progression at bay. The recommended daily intake for calcium is 1,000 milligrams a day for adults up through age 50, while for those 51 and older, it’s 1,200 mg a day. However, sometimes drinking milk isn’t enough. The kidneys start to lose their efficiency at conserving calcium over the years, and the intestines begin to absorb less calcium from a regular diet alone.
This is why both supplementation and eating the right foods is important. By enhancing your diet with various calcium and Vitamin D enriched foods, in conjunction with a bone-health supplement such as OsteoNourish®, you can maintain healthy bones and muscles that will help you maintain an active and comfortable lifestyle.
For calcium-rich foods:
- Dark, leafy greens, such as kale, arugula, watercress and collard greens.
- Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese.
- Food products fortified with calcium including certain juices, breakfast foods, cereals, snacks and breads.
For vitamin D-rich foods:
- Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna
- Egg yolks and cheese
- Food products with fortified with vitamin D including cereals, orange juice and yogurt.
OsteoNourish® for Ageless Bone Health
OsteoNourish® features a blend of multiple calcium sources such as calcium citrate, malate, gluconate, and aspartate, alongside the well-known vitamin D. This unique blend is chelated or firmly attached to promote absorption, and is easier to digest than other types. As a premium bone health formula, it also contains a multitude of other bone friendly nutrients such as magnesium, silica, Perluxan®† and FruiteX-B® Boron.
Maintaining bone and muscle health is important at all times, but it takes on a different meaning with the progression of age. Age can take a toll on bone density and strength, which is why it is important to ensure a steady supply of supportive nutrients through both diet and supplements. Doing so can help strengthen and support your bones and muscles!