There’s good news for people with osteoporosis. Spanish researchers have found an all-natural remedy that can strengthen your bones.
Dr. Monica Bullo led the study…and heads up research at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Reus, Spain.
Her study looked at 200 people…and found that one dietary vitamin can combat fractures…and improve bone density.
She’s published her findings in the journal Bone. And now leading experts are reviewing her work…and praising her findings.
Dr. Andrew Weil says her research “identifies (this vitamin) as an important nutrient in bone health.”
He’s spent the last 40 years leading medical research. He’s directed studies for the National Institute of Mental Health and served on faculty at Harvard. And he says this “vitamin helps activate proteins that are involved in the structuring of bone mass.”
So just what is this vitamin? And how does it benefit your bones? We’ll answer both those questions…and tell you the best ways to get it into your diet.
Building Stronger Bones
Dr. Bullo took 200 people…all around 70 years old. At the start of the study she noted what each person ate. She also noted how much they consumed of this specific vitamin.
She took bone health tests and measured bone mineral density (BMD) using ultrasounds.
She then followed their progress for two years. During that time she monitored their diets and BMD scores.
At the end of the study she found clear links between vitamin levels and BMD scores.
People eating the highest levels of the vitamin had lower losses of BMD. They also had smaller increases in porosity and elasticity of bone. In fact…the ultrasound tests showed statistically significant increases in BMD for each additional 100 mgs of the vitamin.
“The study showed, for the first time, a direct association between (this) dietary vitamin and ultrasound measurements,” says Dr. Bullo. “(This) vitamin has a direct role in BMD.”
So how does it improve bone health?
The vitamin fuels a protein in your body called osteocalcin. That protein allows your bones to safely absorb and use calcium. Dr. Bullo believes that without this specific vitamin…your osteocalcin remains inactive so your body can’t properly use calcium.
Do You Get Enough of this Vitamin?
So just what is the vitamin? It’s called vitamin K. And it’s one that most of us don’t get enough of.
“Most healthy adults have vitamin K deficiency,” says Dr. James Howenstine. “This has important ramifications as it is a prime cause for osteoporosis.”
A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School…Dr. Howenstine has helped patients for over 35 years. During the last decade he’s made it his mission to find natural remedies to help those patients.
He says there is plenty of evidence to support the link between strong bones and vitamin K.
In 2000…the Framingham study showed that people with the highest vitamin K intake had the lowest risk of hip fracture.
And Dr. Howenstine uses vitamin K to help his patients combat brittle bones…with good results.
“Vitamin K can produce important health benefits,” he says. “This nutrient can heal osteoporosis in a simple safe manner.”
So How Do You Get Vitamin K?
There are many natural ways to get vitamin K. You can find it in green, leafy vegetables like turnip greens, broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, asparagus, and dark green lettuce. But you can also get it in beef liver and green tea.
But there’s one thing you should know. You can’t cook out vitamin K. But you can freeze it out. Some experts say that freezing foods destroys vitamin K. So make sure you use only fresh foods.
You can also get vitamin K in supplement form. It’s available as part of multivitamin complexes. And you can also get in on its own in 5 mg tablets.
Water-soluble chlorophyll is the most common form of vitamin K found over the counter. You can get it in tablet, capsule, and liquid forms.
Doctors at Oregon State University say men should take 120 mcg, and women 90 mcg each day.
To your best health,
Managing Editor, NHD “Health Watch”