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Extra silica supports bone health

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Osteoporosis affects approximately one in four women and one in eight men in North America. As a result, medical research is focused on new bone-building nutrients, particularly those that support the beneficial effects of calcium and vitamin D. Researchers at the Rayne Institute at St Thomas’ Hospital in England found silica (also called silicon) to [...]

Many women lack vitamin K for bones

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

The levels of vitamin K in healthy menopausal women are inadequate to maintain bone health, says the lead researcher of a recent study from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. The researchers found that one early effect of declining estrogen is the impairment of vitamin K function, and that the deficiency could seriously compromise [...]

The Gluten Connection: Celiac disease related to osteoporosis, researchers find

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Rates of celiac disease are significantly higher in patients with osteoporosis, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They recommend using blood tests to screen osteoporosis patients for celiac disease because their study has shown that treating celiac disease with diet can restore bone health in these patients. Celiac disease [...]

The B for Your Bones: Low vitamin B-12 levels linked to osteoporosis

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

New research conducted by Katherine Tucker, PhD, of Tufts University, examined dietary factors in relation to osteoporosis and uncovered a positive association between vitamin B-12 and bone health. In other words, the authors conclude that vitamin B-12 deficiency may be an important modifiable risk factor for osteoporosis. “Osteoporosis is becoming a much greater issue now [...]

Start Calcium Early: Study shows supplements before puberty help later on

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

New research on calcium and bone development suggests that efforts to prevent osteoporosis could actually start before puberty. In the study at The Ohio State University Medical Center, researchers found that calcium supplementation significantly increased bone mass development during a critical childhood growth spurt. The findings suggest that elevated calcium use by pre-adolescent girls is [...]

Omega fats prevent bone loss

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

The average North American gets too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids, at a ratio of approximately 10:1. However, a much lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids —a ratio of 5:1 — is believed to promote cardiovascular health, improve memory and, as the following study published in the Journal [...]

Pill Protection: Extra calcium counters bone loss from oral contraceptives

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Women who take oral contraceptives can counteract bone loss by making sure they have enough calcium in their daily diet, especially early in life, according to Purdue University research. Earlier research has indicated that optimizing bone mass in adolescence and young adulthood prevents low bone density and osteoporosis later in life. On the other hand, [...]

Many Women Lack D: Finding underscores need for education, say researchers

By | July 25th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Low vitamin D status often may be overlooked by doctors, leading to inadequate vitamin D supplementation in patients with osteoporosis, say researchers. A study of 1,554 postmenopausal women showed that 52% of these women had suboptimal vitamin D concentrations. Most study participants were healthy, ambulatory, community-dwelling, white women who were well educated. These results underscore [...]

Calcium protects women on the pill

By | July 25th, 2015|HNU Archive|

Women who take oral contraceptives can counteract bone loss by making sure they get enough calcium, especially early in life, according to Purdue University research. “It’s estimated that eight out of 10 women in the US use oral contraceptives at some time during the years in which peak bone mass is developing,” said Purdue’s Dorothy [...]

B-12: Food for the bones

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

New research on diet and osteoporosis has revealed that vitamin B-12 deficiency may be an important modifiable risk factor for osteoporosis. After gauging bone quality and B-12 levels in more than 2,500 men and women, researchers found that people with low B-12 levels had on average lower bone mineral densities — putting them at greater [...]