Calcium is an essential nutrient for health, including bone health. In fact, The National Institutes of Health says that the body requires calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to transmit messages between the brain and to every body part. Additionally, blood vessels use calcium to circulate blood throughout the body. Calcium also helps to release hormones and enzymes affecting nearly every bodily function. Then there’s what calcium is usually noted for—maintaining strong bones and teeth. In fact, a full 98 percent of the body’s calcium resides in the bones, making it a major player in bone health. As important as calcium is, however, it’s not the only nutrient necessary for bone health. Other nutrients play bone-supporting roles as well, which include:
VITAMIN D: Vitamin D is critical for building strong, healthy bones and is required for the body to absorb calcium. It comes in two forms: vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is a preferred form and is made when cholesterol in our skin cells reacts with sunlight.
MAGNESIUM: Calcium is hugely important for bone health, but magnesium controls calcium’s fate in the body. If magnesium levels are insufficient, then calcium could just pass right on through the body and not find its way to the bones.
VITAMIN K2 MK-7: A fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin K2 MK-7 is a most readily metabolized form of K2 and found most abundantly in natto, a fermented soy dish, and promotes proper absorption of calcium.†
VANADIUM: This trace mineral helps support the healthy growth of bone cells.
STRONTIUM: Closely related to calcium, strontium is believed to healthily support how bone cells build new bone tissue.
Now you know the major roles and supporting roles these nutrients play in bone health—a frame game you want to win.
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