Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
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Developing and maintaining bone mass and density is one of the most important health concerns, especially for women. According to recent reports, it is estimated that over 200 million women worldwide are affected by osteoporosis, and that lack of bone strength is the cause of over 9 million fractures a year1. A healthy lifestyle including adequate calcium and vitamin D, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Supplementing your diet with doTERRA Bone Nutrient Essential Complex provides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals essential for developing and maintaining healthy bone mass and density throughout your lifespan.*
A balanced whole food diet is the foundation of lifelong health and vitality, but there are some individual micronutrients that are crucial for bone development and health: calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin D.
- Calcium is the mineral with the highest concentration within your bones. It is also one of the micronutrients with the highest rates of deficiency. Studies have shown that less than 25 percent of the adult population meets recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for calcium, with rates as low as 10 percent in women2.
- Magnesium plays a direct role in bone strength through its influence on crystal formation, bone cells, and the secretion of parathyroid hormone, and nearly half of adults consume less than the RDA3.
- Vitamin C is most known for its role in immune system function, but it also assists in the formation of collagen (which accounts for about 30 percent of our bone composition) and may protect bone cells from damage4. Vitamin C deficiency is not particularly common in industrialized nations, but if you do not consume a lot of whole fruits and vegetables you are at increased risk.
- Vitamin D’s primary influence on bone health is through its role in the absorption of calcium. Numerous studies have shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with low bone density and increased risk for fractures5. Due to insufficient sun exposure and low consumption of fatty fish, vitamin D is also one of the most common micronutrient deficiencies, affecting an estimated 1 billion individuals worldwide6.
Women and Bone Health
Interestingly, the issue of bone health is far more common in women. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, more than 80 percent of them are women7. An estimated 40 percent of US women will experience at least one bone fragility fracture after the age of 50. The reasons why women are at an increased risk for developing osteoporosis and other bone health issues are numerous: naturally smaller and thinner bones, decreases in bone-protecting estrogen during and after menopause, higher rates of deficiency for nutrients influential in bone health, and lower levels of weight-bearing (and bone strengthening) activities. Following the doTERRA Wellness Lifestyle Pyramid provides the framework for lifelong bone health, but increasing calcium intake and regular resistance training may not be enough.
Meeting recommended guidelines for bone-health promoting vitamins and minerals is not easy with the typical modern diet. As a result, it is becoming more common to address nutrient deficiencies with dietary supplements. Recent surveys suggest that approximately 43 percent of adults are supplementing their diet with supplements fortified with calcium and vitamin D2. doTERRA Bone Nutrient Essential Complex is the ideal solution with a blend of vitamins and minerals that play a vital role in healthy bone development and maintenance that are commonly deficient in modern diets.* 4 vegetable capsules contains 1000mg of calcium, 400mg of magnesium, 90mg of vitamin C, and 810iu of vitamin D; meeting or exceeding all RDIs. Also included are other minerals that are important in promoting bone health, including biotin, zinc, copper, manganese, and boron.
With commencement of summer in sight, it is the perfect time to take your workout outside to strengthen your body and get the sun exposure your body needs for production of vitamin D. An active lifestyle, a healthy whole food diet, and Bone Nutrient Essential Complex: the perfect combination to support lifelong bone health.
doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.