Did you know that most calcium supplements on the market are basically limestone? Yes, that's chalk. Conceal it within a capsule, a slickly glazed tablet, or in the form of a silky smooth liquid, and it is magically transformed into a "calcium supplement": easy to swallow, “good for the bones" and a very profitable commodity for both the dietary supplement and mining industries. After all, a sizable portion of the Earth's crust is composed of the stuff.
The human fascination with spices is as old as cultural time itself. There is an obvious beauty to the various aromas and flavors these plant extracts express (have you smelled cumin lately?), and undoubtedly these first drew us closer to them, but our primordial relationship with them involves much more than aesthetic infatuation.
When older women are told that their bones should be as dense as a young adult (30 year old) at peak bone mass, things can and DO go terribly wrong...
New research published this week in the journal Heart has confirmed the findings of two controversial studies on calcium supplementation and heart attack risk published in the British Medical Journal last year, and which found a 24-27% increased risk of heart attack for those who took 500 mg of elemental calcium a day.
It saddens me to see older women diagnosed with “osteopenia” or “osteoporosis” listening to their doctors and taking supplemental calcium and even problematic drugs called bisphosphonates. These are irrational, dogmatic, harmful approaches to the problem of degrading bone as we age.
Research is discovering what ancient Japanese and Chinese medicine already knew: That dried plums slow the aging process with respect to bone loss.
The present-day definitions of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia were arbitrarily conceived by the WHO in the early 90's and then projected upon millions of women's bodies seemingly in order to convince them they had a drug-treatable, though symptomless, disease.
Frankincense oil may receive most of the fame and glory, but the humble boswellia tree from which it is derived, can also create another powerful natural medicine. Oil and extracts of boswellia have been used for thousands of years to treat numerous health conditions.
What if everything your doctor told you about osteoporosis and osteopenia was wrong?
Milk is the best food for building strong bones, right? Not so fast. When it comes to bones, one researcher says prunes are exceptional.
Taking calcium supplements -- even at low doses -- linked to brain lesions in the first study of its kind.
According to research published in the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2008 alendronate (Fosamax), raloxifene (Evista) and estradiol (bioidentical estrogen) are inferior to the phytoestrogen genistein commonly found in fermented soy*, red clover, kudzu, fava beans and coffee in preserving bone mineral density (quantity) and strength (quality) in an animal model of menopausal (ovariectomy-induced) osteoporosis.
Green tea is one of the latest superfoods making its way into bottled waters and energy drinks. Research shows it aids in the prevention of osteoporosis. Especially when coupled with tai chi.
Millions take calcium supplements to "protect their bones" completely unaware that this popular ritual is greatly increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Two new studies indicate that black seed (nigella sativa) may provide a unique set of benefits to aging women by protecting both against metabolic syndrome and accelerated bone loss.
If milk doesn’t build strong bones, what does? Here are 10 foods proven to help reduce fractures and keep bones strong.