It was my birthday last week! We had a party and I wanted to have a red dress and high heels, just to pretend that birthdays and aging have nothing to do with each other.
We had a great party. At some point, everybody was dancing. That’s when I felt a shooting pain in my foot. For one minute, I feared a stress fracture. Sometime ago I had a girlfriend who had a stress fracture on her foot, and she was walking with a moon boot for several weeks. And then I started to pay attention and realized that many people are actually walking around with moon boots.
Let’s face it, our bones become brittle, for a variety of reasons, including osteoporosis, side effets of cancer treatments, or simply calcium and vitamin D deficiency. Bones are living tissue which are at the same time tearing down and rebuilding themselves. Without this constant repair and reinforcement process of even minor weak spots, we would break bones on a regular basis.
To prevent porous, breakable bones as we age, you need to have sufficient calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K.
About 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract. It is advised that men should get 700mg of calcium daily, while post-menopausal women however should get 1,200mg to counter the risk of osteoporosis.
Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting the bones and in absorbing calcium. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you may have lower bone density, and you’re more likely to break bones as you age. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the safe upper limit of vitamin D is 4,000 IU per day for most adults. D3 is the best form of vitamin D, and always choose a natural form of vitamin over a synthetic one (much better bio-availability).
Vitamin K2, which is all natural, is one of the most important nutritional interventions for improving bone density, while protecting your heart. It serves as the biological “glue” that helps plug calcium and other important minerals into your bone matrix, while keeping it out of artery linings, thereby preventing cardiovascular disease.(1)
There are several different forms of vitamin K2. The form of vitamin K that has the most relevance for health benefits is MK7, which is extracted from the Japanese fermented soy.
Vitamin K is sometimes referred to as “the forgotten vitamin” because its major benefits are often overlooked: it has also been found beneficial in the fight against non-Hodgkin lymphoma, colon, stomach, nasopharynx, and oral cancers. However, if you have experienced a stroke, cardiac arrest, or are prone to blood clotting, you should not take vitamin K2 without first consulting your physician.
(1) 10 Important Facts About Vitamin K That You Need to Know