What to eat for osteoporosis

Over three and a half million people in the UK are living with osteoporosis and it’s never too early to start looking after your bones. Today I’m sharing an article by Jo Williams a Registered nutritionist:-

What to eat for osteoporosis

Osteoporosis occurs when your bones become weak, fragile and more porous; this may lead to fractures. The risk of developing osteoporosis increases steadily as we age. After the age of 35, we naturally lose bone density, making it increasingly important to eat the right foods and implement lifestyle changes to help maintain bone density and strength.

  • Calcium and vitamin D vitamin D are key nutrients for bone health. Calcium-rich foods include dairy products (milk, cheese and yogurt), calcium-set tofu, green leafy vegetables, almonds, canned salmon and sardines*, and sesame and sunflower seeds. Vitamin D is vital for the absorption of calcium, but sadly it’s found in very few foods – oily fish, egg yolks and liver all provide useful amounts.
  • Magnesium may have an important role to play in helping keep bones healthy. Good sources include brazil nuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, almonds, bananas and dark green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach.
  • Studies have found that a good intake of vitamin K may result in denser bones and fewer hip fractures; kale, broccoli and other green leafy veg are useful additions to your diet.
  • Eat less salt and consume less alcohol and fizzy drinks. A high salt intake may lead to calcium being leached from the bones and excreted by the body. Excessive alcohol intake may damage the cells that make new bone.
  • Taking too much vitamin A in supplemental form is thought to weaken bones over time – studies suggest that an average of 1500mcg a day over many years may affect the density of your bones and make them more likely to fracture.

Do this:

1. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, which contain the minerals potassium and magnesium – these may encourage bones to absorb key minerals, such as calcium. Fruit and vegetables also contain vitamin C and zinc, which are required for bone health.

2. Take regular weight-bearing exercise and quit smoking. Smoking leaches calcium directly from bones.

4. Make sure you get plenty of natural sunlight, particularly in the winter months. Vitamin D, which is vital for bone health, is synthesised in sun-exposed skin.

*Have a look at some sardine recipes on this post here

You can see Jo Williams original article here

Helpful link to the Royal Osteoporosis Society UK hereImportant:
Please note articles within this blog are provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your GP or local health care team/provider.

All the best Jan


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