Ask 10 people what you need for stronger bone, and 10 out of 10 will say “calcium!”
But are they right… or is this yet another BIG health myth?
Well, friend, if you’re drinking milk and enjoying cheese and yogurt to boost your calcium and protect your bones, I’ve got some news for you today.
All that effort wasn’t in vain.
But it’s not enough, either – because new research confirms what I’ve shared with you before: When it comes to keeping your frame tough as the years wear on, you need more help.
A lot more.
And you won’t find it in a glass of milk or a bowl of yogurt.
Fortunately, it’s not hard to get either – once you know where to look.
How to keep bone strong as you grow old
Calcium usually gets all the credit, but it’s really just one tiny piece of the puzzle. By itself, it’s almost useless – because your body can’t hold onto it without some vitamin D.
When you get both… not ONE, but BOTH… a study last year found your risk of hip fracture – a top cause of injury, disability and death in seniors – drops by 16 percent.
But hold on.
Because that’s STILL not all, and that’s where the new study comes in to help complete the picture.
It focuses on a very special form of vitamin K that the mainstream barely even acknowledges.
This form… which is NOT the same vitamin K you get from leafy greens… plays a key role in bone health by taking the calcium the vitamin D has helped you to absorb and putting it into bone where it belongs.
Now, experts at Tufts University believe they’ve found a way to raise levels of this hard-to-get form of vitamin K. Their experiments on mice found it can be created by certain bacteria in the gut – and that by enhancing these bacteria, they can increase the production.
They found that when those K levels from the bacteria jump, bone matrix improves.
That’s a key sign of bone strength – and when bone matrix drops, it becomes more brittle, making it more prone to breaks, fractures and pain.
Based on the mouse studies, the researchers at Tufts believe the key to stronger bone is in enhancing these special gut bacteria – and hope this discovery will someday lead to a new “treatment,” aka a drug… but why wait?
If you’re getting older, you need help NOW!
And you can get it – because there are other ways to boost that very special form of K.
It’s called K2, and it can be tough to get from diet alone… unless you eat a Japanese fermented soybean product called natto, which is just loaded with the stuff.
Studies out of Japan find older people who eat the most natto have stronger, healthier bone – including less decline in bone mineral density over the years.
Since most of us don’t eat natto, it’s easier to get K2 from a supplement. There’s a formula I recommend to my own patients called Bone Strength Take Care that not only has K2, but also the rest of the essentials including calcium, magnesium and D.
You can find it online and in stores.