Allie Might, INHC, AADP, ATT dives in to why calcium is an important supplement and how you can add it into your routine to reap the benefits
Allie Might, INHC, AADP, ATT goes into the benefits of calcium and how it supports broken bones, osteopenia and osteoporosis
Written By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT
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Everyone’s heard of collagen. It’s typically associated with cosmetic fillers and beauty products. However, collagen is also an essential nutrient as it is vital to every part of the body. This is due to the benefits collagen has for the connective tissues.†
What Exactly Is Collagen?
Well, collagen is a protein that helps to make up the body and is sourced from bovine (cow), fish and chicken to make the supplements we use. The most common types are type 1, 2 and 3 as they have specific functions. Types 1 and 3 are helpful for hair, skin, nails, bones and the muscular system. Type 2 is most commonly used to help the cartilage within the joints.†
When it comes to healthy hair, skin and nails, collagen always seems to be the first nutrient looked at, for good reason. It is needed to help strengthen the nails, which helps them grow and keep any breaks and splitting to a minimum. It also helps to nourish the hair follicle to allow for hair growth and strengthens the hair to avoid brittle strands. Many skin care products contain marine collagen, useful to maintain a youthful appearance. It is needed to help smooth (or avoid as much as possible) fine lines and wrinkles, heal scarring and even adds elasticity to the skin. Collagen also can aid in the hydration of the skin to help combat dry, flaky skin. Establishing a good skincare routine that includes collagen can set up a lifetime of healthy skin.†
Whether it’s through the normal aging process, an injury or even a surgical procedure, the muscular system (which includes muscles, tendons and ligaments) can really experience a lot of trauma. While collagen is needed to help maintain the strength and flexibility of these tissues, it can also help in recovery. Studies have shown that adding collagen a couple days after surgery can be effective in the healing process. Collagen can help to heal the wound, as well as strengthen the tissues.†
Collagen is an important part of the bones. It is the foundation of the bone matrix, allowing the calcium to “stick” and form bone. Approximately 40% of our bones are made up of water and matrix, with 90% of the matrix to be collagen. The collagen is quite strong and aids in the formation of bone and cartilage. This is important for healing from breaks and fractures, as well as to strengthen the bones due to osteopenia and osteoporosis. These issues can arise through the normal aging process, causing lower bone density and brittle bones, making collagen a perfect companion to calcium and magnesium.†
Collagen is needed by every part of the body for varying reasons. It is effective supplement for aging and healing damaged tissues. Incorporating skincare products with natural ingredients and collagen, as well as adding our powdered Collagen HxⓇ (my go-to option) into water, plain yogurt or even a nutritious smoothie can put anyone on the path to a strong, healthy body.†
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You may have heard of the terms “silent disease” and “silent killer.” These are terms that are thrown around in the medical community when referencing disease states that people walk around with and are completely unaware until something goes haywire. When we think about the silent killer, we’re usually thinking in the setting of high blood pressure, which could lead to a potential heart attack.†
When we’re referencing a silent disease, we’re usually talking about osteoporosis. For the most part, people have no idea that their bones are getting weaker. You generally don’t feel this. When it comes to bone health, there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what’s actually happening within the bones and who is impacted by loss of bone density. Today, I want to talk about the basics of bone health.†
Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
Let’s talk about bone health in general. You cannot feel that your bones are getting weaker. There are probably 10 to 15 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis or bone loss. There’s probably close to 50 million Americans who have low bone density. When we look at the population as a whole, we can then say that probably half of the people over the age of 50 years old are at risk of breaking a bone. These people should be cognisant of their bone health.†
When we think about bone health, many times our brains go straight to calcium and Vitamin D. These are very important because they are integral to maintaining bone health, but there are so many other factors that we can look at.†
How to support bone health
We can certainly see how the intake of certain vitamins and minerals beyond calcium and Vitamin D impact bone health. We can look at how easy it is to maintain good bone density throughout our lives and it really comes down to diet and exercise.†
We know that eating a healthy diet like the Mediterranean Diet is incredibly important. We also have to make sure that we are maintaining good muscle tone and muscle strength.†
We can also look at different nutrients besides calcium and Vitamin D. We can look at collagen. We know that collagen provides the bones with essential strength and allows for flexibility within the bones. Omega-3 fatty acids and tocotrienols play a key role in fending off oxidative stress that can do damage. The EPA and DHA that come from fish oil and krill oil are really important when it comes to enhancing bone-forming cells. When it comes to your diet, if you are getting adequate vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, you’re usually covering most of those bases. However, most Americans are just not eating healthy enough to achieve these things, so it is important to turn to supplementation.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the dangerous risk that osteoporosis and osteopenia pose to people. She explains different factors that impact overall bone health and provides recommendations for nutrients that play important roles within the bones.†
- Factors that impact bone health
- The role of hormone imbalances
- What are osteoporosis and osteopenia?
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