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Nutrients (other than calcium) That are Necessary for Bone Density

    It is commonly believed that bones only need calcium to remain strong. However, health experts claim that bones need a lot more than just calcium. According to studies, the strength and health of our bones rely on a balanced diet and a steady stream of nutrients. Getting enough of all is important to make sure your bones remain dense and strong for a lifetime.
    Here in this section, we have listed down the nutrients (other than calcium) that you need to add to your diet plan.
    • Phosphorus

    A major mineral in the body's bone crystal, phosphorus is important for neutralizing acidic foods that could otherwise be harmful to bone health.

    Food Sources: Soya bean, fish, meat, milk, eggs, legumes, sunflower seeds, lentils, whole grains, etc.

    • Magnesium

    Numerous studies suggest that people who consume higher amounts of magnesium through their diet have a better bone mass density as compared to those who consume lower magnesium. This makes magnesium important for healthy bones and essential for reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

    Food Sources: Nuts, legumes, seeds, and whole grains.

    • Protein

    Protein makes up approximately 50% of the volume of your bone, and about 33% of its mass. Experts suggest that a high protein diet can –

    - increase bone mineral density,

    - slow down the rate of bone loss and

    - reduce the risk of fracture and bone loss.

    All these factors show that, an adequate supply of dietary protein is needed daily for the maintenance of your bones.

    Food Sources: Green leafy vegetables, lean meats, fish and seafood, and dairy products.

    • Vitamin D

    Getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet can help maintain bone strength and lessen your risk of developing osteoporosis. Moreover, it also plays a vital role in the functioning of the immune system.  

    Food Sources: Fish, like tuna, mackerel and salmon, cheese, egg yolks, fortified foods like breakfast cereals, orange juice, soy milk, dairy products

    Note: You can also spend enough time in the sun daily to get vitamin D . However, remember not to overdo it, as excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays carries profound health risks.

    • Vitamin K

    Essential for bone formation and mineralization, Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and may assist in channeling calcium directly to the bone rather than the blood vessels. Vitamin K also prevents the accumulation of calcium in soft tissues by activating another protein called matrix GLA.

    Food Sources: Broccoli, spinach, cabbage, and lettuce.

    • Vitamin C

    As per studies, Vitamin C does seem to have a beneficial effect on bone growth and reabsorption - that could help prevent osteoporosis. It scavenges free radicals harmful to bone health and is also responsible for the production of collagen in the bone matrix.

    Food Sources: Oranges, tomatoes, and other citric fruits.

    Remember, the bone density grows until you reach 30 or 40. Post that, you are required to maintain that density for as long as you can.

    A good diet is only one of the building blocks for healthy bones. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle also play an important role in optimizing bone health across the life span.