A Scientific Approach to Building Better Bones
Do you remember the days not so long ago that the only recommended solution to bone loss was “Take more calcium”? Doctors routinely told women to increase calcium to 1200 mg to 1500 mg. per day. They were also told to just take cheap calcium carbonite because the form of calcium was unimportant. Millions of women did just that only to discover that it did not build healthier bones. Bone loss continued for women who relied on that advice.
There was never any consideration for the multitude of other nutrients that are necessary for healthy bone support. It’s not so much that we didn’t have the understanding that we now have about the important roles these other nutrients play, it is the certainty that doctors prescribed the calcium solution as if it were settled science. Take more calcium was the mantra for decades. Problem is, it doesn’t work. The other problem is that we now know that too much calcium can be an issue.
Now we have a medical model that only wants to recommend the bisphosponate drugs as the solution the the osteoporosis crisis. The risks and side effects are seldom considered as cautions by doctors. These drugs are recommend for 5 years and then women must come off them. Then what? I’ve never met a woman who kn0ws what are the options after 5 years. This is a big concern.
The solution to building bones naturally is to take a comprehensive approach that includes some very specific nutrients. The challenge is to take all of these nutrients in the dosages required and in the forms that have been shown to produce results. We have done many shows on bone health and the nutrients needed. You can listen to those podcasts and you will have a great nutritional model to follow. In all cases, you should take the correct form of the nutrients in the recommended dosage. You need to take them consistently between bone density scans. If you commit to doing all of the right things you will have the best chance for success.
One of the most significant nutrient for bone health is orthosilicic acid, sold as BioSil. BioSil is a form of silica that has been shown through clinical studies to increase the bodies production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that forms the framework for bones. Collagen provides for flexibility and calcium provides the strength. Bones should be strong and flexible, which helps bone withstand stress. Increasing collagen throughout the body can improve structure throughout the body. BioSil has also been clinically shown to support skin, hair and nails. You can learn more in my previous interviews with Richard Passwater Jr.
In this interview with Richard Passwater you will learn about the clinical science with BioSil and bone strength. BioSil has shown these benefits in clinical studies:
- BioSil increases collagen formation at both 6 months and 12 months.
- BioSil increases bone mineral density at the hip in 12 months.
- BioSil has been shown to grow new bone, not just slow bone loss.
- BioSil has been shown to improve hair, skin and nails.
My own speculation is that BioSil would be useful throughout the body because it is the central protein that holds our cells together. Improvments in the collagen in hair, skin, bone and nails would suggest to me that BioSil is likely beneficial everywhere collagen exists in the body.
We will also discuss some of the other nutrients that support bone health. What the science has revealed about building bone health is that it is not only about the amount of calcium. We now know that too much calcium is detrimental. We have learned that bone health is a complex interplay of many nutrients which each have a unique role. We will discuss some of those nutrients such as vitamin K-2.
So how can women have confidence that a nutritional program is likely to help? We now know more calcium is not the answer, so what is the solution. There are three things I will suggest:
- Explore the science of bone health and the various nutrients that have been shown to offer benefit. Building healthy bone comes from the multiple effects of multiple nutrients. These include vitamin D-3, vitamin K-2, Strontium, BioSil and various others. Listen to our other interviews with experts on osteoporosis.
- Listen to the experience of others. My wife is a great example. At age 56 it was recommended that she take one of the bone building drugs. We rejected that option and she began an intensive bone building program. After 7 years her bone density increased by 7 percent. You can hear her story here. You should also listen to my interview with Laura Pizzorno. Her book documents her success with building bone successfully with intensive nutritional support. One can build bone, even in their 60’s as these women did.
- You have to be consistent. You have to commit to a variety of nutrients for at least a year or two between bone density scans. You should commit to using the clinically studied forms of nutrients such as BioSil. Use the studied nutrients in the studied doses. Each nutrient is different and it is the additive effect of one nutrient with another that will give you the best success. Be sure to include BioSil.
To learn about these other benefits, listen to my previous interviews with Richard Passwater Jr.
To learn more go the the manufacturer’s website BioSilUSA.com
FYI: Supermodel Christie Brinkley has used BioSil personally and has now written about it in her new beauty book. This is a case where she is a big fan of BioSil. It never hurts to have someone like Christie Brinkley love your product. “I take BioSil every day, and I’m simply amazed at the results I see on my skin, hair, and nails. I never miss a day. Seriously!” Christie Brinkley. Read more of what Christie has to say about BioSil here.
About Richard Passwater
Richard Passwater, Jr., works for Bio Minerals NV, the Belgian dietary supplement manufacturer of BioSil. Over the past 22 years, Richard has held a variety of technical, sales and quality control positions in the dietary supplement industry and has written over 90 articles, co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific studies and is a co-inventor of three patents. He frequently discusses collagen related topics in various venues around the world.