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Strong and sturdy bones, right into old age

Being blessed with strong and healthy bones right into old age is something everyone would wish for. But only few people ever really think about the health of their bones. They should learn to do so, however, because our bones perform a fantastic job, day in, day out. Despite all the different movements we make, our skeleton is able to cope with all manner of stresses and strains, because thanks to their special structure and composition, our bones are very sturdy, but at the same time elastic. Bones consist of living tissue which is undergoing a process of constant remodelling and is changing all the time. The bone remodelling process is steered by interaction between hormones, vitamins and mineral substances in combination with movement and physical activity.

With increasing age, however, the bone substance becomes severely diminished, giving rise, in some cases, to osteoporosis, i.e. a reduction in the bone mass beyond the normal level. Translated, osteoporosis means porous bones, and is sometimes also referred to as bone loss or bone atrophy. The bones lose their stability and can fracture even on exposure to only little strain or as the result of a simple fall. The increased proneness to fracture can encompass the entire skeleton. However, as the loss of strength and stability is gradual, it tends to go unnoticed at first, and the seriousness of the condition is underestimated. Most people only become aware of their problem through severe, persistent back pain or a first bone fracture.

Osteoporosis is an illness that affects more people than is generally supposed. Almost one woman in two over the age of 60 must expect to either already have the condition or to suffer from it in future. It often has to do with a falling oestrogen level. Oestrogen is one of the main factors that protects against osteoporosis. However, men, too, are at risk. With a corresponding genetic predisposition, osteoporosis often develops as a result of a diet that is low in calcium and protein, in most cases in combination with hormone disturbances, e.g. during the menopause. Vitamin D shortage is also named as a contributory factor.

Fortunately, help is available from nature. A combination of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K and red algae extract strengthens the bones from inside and ensures long-lasting stability right into old age. One factor that is particularly important is to prevent a shortage of calcium. For if there is a shortage of calcium in the blood, the calcium required is released from the bones, and this gradually has a detrimental effect on the strength of the bones. Along with calcium, a supply of vitamin D is also particularly important as it promotes the take-up of calcium from the bowel and assimilation of it into the bones. The long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids that otherwise only occur in fish and support the bone metabolism can also be found in red algae. The role of vitamin K is to remove excess calcium from the blood, enabling it to be used for bone formation and preventing it from being deposited either in the blood vessels or the kidneys. The combination of all vitamins and mineral substances ensures that the bones are up to every step, right into high old age.

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