Last Modified on Dec 06, 2013
What Is Bone Density?
Bone density or bone mineral density is a measure of the concentration of the minerals, calcium in particular, in the bones. A bone density test is the assessment used to calculate the measurement. The information collected from is utilized to determine the approximate strength of the bones.
As the body ages, it naturally loses bone mass, making the bones thinner. If this thinning continues, a condition called osteopenia can develop. The more the bones deteriorate the more fragile and brittle the bones become. This deterioration also causes the bones to lose the calcium and other minerals that fortify the bones, so they become lighter and less dense. The lighter and more porous the bones become, the more susceptible they are to breaking.
If not reversed, this thinning of the bone may lead to osteoporosis. As such, bone mineral density is an indicator used to monitor bone health and strength. The thicker and denser the bones are, the less likely osteoporosis will be a concern. Low bone density can affect anyone; however, it is most common in women over the age of 65.
Natural Methods to Build or Improve Bone Density
If an individual’s bone density is lower than normal, there are steps that can be taken to increase the strength of the bones and avoid fracture. Supplementing a healthy diet with additional vitamins and minerals helps support bone health. Common bone supporting supplements include vitamin K2, boron mineral, magnesium, and vitamin D. An active lifestyle that involves regular exercise is also part of a natural regimen to improve bone health. Yoga, water aerobics, and walking are all gentle exercises that support bone and overall health.
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 01/20/2007: Barbara from Highway Gardens, Edenvale South Africa: "Apple Cider Vinegar. Bone density. I am 63 -Smoke , take cortisone, and do no exercise at all. Went for a Bone density Test - first one ever. I take ACV every day to help with weight , colesterol etc. My bone Density test was well above the normal for my age on the positive side and the readings were on the side were as there seems to be in most cases a % of bone loss. I can only think it is due to ACV. The person doing the bone scan said she had NEVER seen this result of positive bone before. Does any one know about ACV achiving this for Bones? My Doctor said Just keep doing what ever it is your doing."Replies
09/15/2010: Mikke from Galicia, Spain replies: "For osteoporosis get Vitamin K2! Or eat fermented foods, natto, saurkraut, Dutch cheese! Or buy Vitamin k2!!"
09/07/2011: Mikke from Vancouver, B.c. Canada replies: "I recomend taking Boron mineral 3 to 6 miligrams a day... And a multimineral vitamin also, Drink 3 glasses of water first thing in the morning and wait 45 minutes before you eat breakfast this is done in japan. Eat broccoli cabbage and foods that contain vitamin K and stay away from sugar use Stevia and no junk food or dairy and cut down on red meet."
[YEA] 02/02/2009: Rich from Boca Raton, Fl: "Americans have a high dairy, high calcium diet. It appears that Magnesium is the most important mineral to reverse osteoporosis and improve bone density. Apparently, you can get an 11% improvement in bmd in 6 months on 600mg Magnesium, whereas you can take all the calcium in the world, and if you don't have any magnesium, you can't remineral bones. Apparently, 60% of americans are magnesium deficient."Replies
10/02/2013: Goldencat from Akron, Oh replies: "The potassium-magnesium ratio needs to be 2:1 to utilize magnesium. Mostly we don't need extra calcium, but to provide resources for remineralizing bone it is advisable. Also, D works with K2, and boron can help - remembering bones have 21 minerals, and DEXA scans only look at ONE - calcium. It's possible to have a strong bone low in calcium.... According to this info from my holistic MD. A poor DEXA isn't the sign of doom."
12/14/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Hi Everyone, I just wanted to post one of my favorite people for garnering large amounts of information on alternative health and longevity. I have heard him speak many times and each time I'm amazed at the amount of knowledge David Wolfe can retain and communicate. In this audio interview he speaks on hormonal health and also teeth and bone health.
I hope you take the opportunity to listen because I guarantee you will learn so much! Best of health to everyone, Lisa"
[YEA] 12/14/2007: Bessie from Vancouver, Canada: "Vitamin D is one of the most important things you can do for your bones and overall health (along with weight-bearing exercise). Without Vitamin D, your body doesn't utilize calcium properly. Ensure you are getting enough - either through sunshine (spend a few minutes - minutes, not hours! - in the sun without sunscreen) or, if you're in a climate where the sun doesn't shine much (like Vancouver), take supplements. Cod liver oil (high quality only) is excellent. Good luck!"Replies
12/13/2007: Lynn Wheeler from Hapeville, GA replies: "What type of Herb would you recommend for fragile bones. I have not been getting my share of Calcium and my doctor is going to recommend as drug, which I am sure has some side effects. Help Please. Thanks"
Yoga and Martial Arts
[YEA] 01/21/2007: D from Los Angeles: "About 7 years ago, I took part in a bone density study where I was one of the "neutral" group. The director of the study (also a fantastic yoga instructor) was out to prove that yoga builds bone density. The study went on for 6 months and the participants had a before and after bone scan. Even though I was in the neutral group, (i.e., the group that was not required to take yoga 2x a week) I was allowed to continue with my own form of exercise, karate. At that point I think I was training about 4x a week. Long story short: When I went for my bone scan at the end of 6 months, everyone was very surprised to see that, besides a large percentage of the yoga group (sorry, can't remember the #s), I too had gained bone density! I still have my two bone scans in my files somewhere. I am not sure if she ever published the results."