Weak and brittle bones and low bone mass are two serious skeletal problems that afflict many people over the age of 50. Currently, 54 million Americans aged 50 or over – 55% of this age group – suffer from problems with their bones.
WHAT HAPPENS NATURALLY IN THE BODY?
Bone development is regulated by four different types of cells [1-3]. The first type is stem cells that develop into the second type of bone cells called osteoblasts. The main function of these cells is bone formation. More specifically, these cells stimulate the development of the bone matrix, which is the inner structure of bones. The surface of the matrix gradually hardens into strong bone, and special cells called osteocytes (the third type) begin to accumulate within the bone’s surface. Osteocytes are also found throughout the bone where they facilitate nutrient transfer and help support stability.
The fourth type of bone cells are osteoclasts, which stimulate the breakdown and resorption of bone at specific sites. This is a normal process necessary for the remodeling, renewing, and repair of bones in the body. The proper balance of new bone growth and bone reabsorption is critical for bone health. Under normal circumstances, the body continually destroys old bone and creates fresh, new bone.
HOW DO PROBLEMS OCCUR?
When there is an imbalance between new bone growth and bone reabsorption, bone health begins to deteriorate. As individuals get older, the bone renewal process gradually slows down and bones become brittle. The bone renewal process also becomes less efficient with age, and it becomes harder for the body to promote bone repair after an injury.
Certain factors, including hormones such as parathyroid hormone (PTH) and estrogen, also play a major role in bone health. PTH promotes both bone formation and reabsorption. However, excess PTH can lead to increased activity of the bone cells that are responsible for bone reabsorption. This increased activity can lead to low bone mass. Estrogen also supports the health of cells that promote bone growth and reduces the activity of cells that cause bone to be reabsorbed. Estrogen levels often decrease with age, though. With both of these hormonal situations, old bone is broken down faster than new bone can develop [2, 4, 5].
TRADITIONAL NUTRIENTS FOR BONE HEALTH
Supplements traditionally recommended for people with bone problems include:
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin K2
- Eggshell Calcium
- Algal Calcium
Calcium, D3, and K2 work together to support joint health. D3 promotes the absorption of calcium in the gastrointestinal tract as well as its transportation to different parts of the body (e.g., bones) where it is needed the most . K2 also directs the transportation of calcium by stimulating the release of important proteins from bone cells. The proteins help calcium bind to the inner surface of bones. K2 also prevents excess calcium from being deposited in the arteries . While the combination of calcium, D3, and K2 strengthen bone and prevent it from being reabsorbed, none of these supplements promotes new bone tissue growth .
Eggshell calcium and algae calcium are potent forms of calcium that are more readily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, but they don’t facilitate bone growth [9, 10]. Individuals who have brittle bones or low bone mass do not have enough bone tissue in place to allow these types of nutrients to work efficiently. Therefore, it is important to take a supplement that promotes new bone tissue growth.
BENEFITS OF OSTINOL®
Ostinol® contains the ONLY biologically active protein complex that has been proven to stimulate the body’s natural processes for growing new bone tissue. Once new bone tissue begins to grow, it creates a surface where important nutrients (e.g., calcium, eggshell calcium, D3, K2) can stick and do their part in the continued maintenance of strong bones.
Ostinol® studies have shown significant bone growth, confirmed via DEXA scans and DXA scores, after taking the supplement regularly. There are a variety of Ostinol® products available for optimal bone health. Call for a complimentary consultation to see which products might be right for you: 888-779-9224.