Ok, now let’s collect all the necessary ingredients to “make a cake” (bad analogy):
1) A good calcium source: Calcium lactate, calcium citrate, calcium citrate malate
2) Vitamin D in the form of:
- Cod Liver oil, or
- Sunlight, or
- parathyroid gland PMG extract. (Parathyroid glands are two little glands beside the thyroid which is responsible in secreting parathyroid hormone, the hormone that regulates calcium absorption. Its role is similar to vitamin D).
3) Essential Fatty Acids to ensure that calcium is delivered to bones – a good combination will be:
- Fish oil
- Flax seed oil
- Black currant seed oil for a good mix of Omega 3 and 6.
4) Sources of Magnesium – dark leafy greens (chlorophyll, the plant chemical responsible for the green color of the plants, contains magnesium at its center), whole grains, nuts and seeds. Or, consider magensium supplements.
5) Sources of Phosphorus – meats and poultry, eggs, seafood, dairy, nuts and seeds, etc.
6) Proper acid environment – Betaine HCL or Apple cider vinegar.
What I typically recommend to patients (Standard Process whole-food supplements):
1) Calcifood wafers or powder (which contains raw bone concentrate, as discussed in part 1)
2) Cal-Ma Plus (Calcium & Magnesium in the proper ratio plus Parathyroid glandular PMG extract, which acts like Vitamin D).
3) Cataplex F (contains all essential fatty acids)
4) Zypan (Betaine HCL which ensures proper digestion and acidic gut environment); or 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with meals.
Of course, bone density should be checked annually to find progress. In some patients a blood mineral test might be necessary to check for the ratio between Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus.
That concludes the discussion on Bone health. If you have questions feel free to contact me (comments, facebook, e-mail).