Bone health: It’s more than just calcium
We all know that calcium is important for bone health. Most of us know that Vitamin D is needed as well. However, your skeletal health is also affected by a number of other vitamins and minerals in your diet, many that you most likely don’t even think about. Oct. 12-20 is Bone and Joint Health National Action Week. Let’s consider some of the other nutrients that are vital to our overall skeletal health.
Phosphate — A proportional amount of phosphate and calcium is needed for bone mineralization. If too much phosphorus is consumed with a low intake of calcium at the same time, bone loss may be the result. This contributes to a loss of bone density and mass. If you consume many phosphorus-containing foods, be sure you are also taking in adequate calcium, as well. Phosphorus-containing foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk and milk products, nuts, legumes, cereals and grains.
Magnesium — Since more than 50 percent of the total magnesium in your body is found in bone, it would seem prudent to be sure that your diet contains an adequate amount of this mineral. Food sources include nuts, seeds, legumes, milled cereal grains, milk and dark-green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage and dark lettuces.
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