7 Natural Osteoporosis Treatment Options

7 Natural Osteoporosis Treatment Options
June 8, 2013 7:19 AM

Knowing the natural osteoporosis treatmentcan enable you to deal with this condition or even help a loved one who might be suffering from it. Osteoporosis is a disease that makes bones brittle and fragile. It is characterized by gradual loss of bone density. It makes bones porous and susceptible to fractures. This condition is considered to be a silent disease because it does not have visible symptoms and it reveals itself gradually causing fractures in the spine, wrist and hip. It is common among women but men can also develop it. Nevertheless, if you or your loved ones have this condition, there are natural treatments that you can try.

Common natural osteoporosis treatment options

Natural treatments for this condition include:

Increased calcium intake: This disease is mainly caused by insufficient intake of minerals that are essential for bone development. Calcium is one of these minerals. To treat this condition, you need to get enough supply of calcium on daily basis. Although there are calcium supplements in the market, it is imperative that you get it naturally from foods such as green leafy vegetables, dairy products that are low in fat content, figs and sardines that have bones among others. Eating food that is rich in calcium is a great natural osteoporosis treatment.

Increase magnesium intake: Studies indicate that magnesium plays a very important role in building, strengthening and preserving bones. Magnesium works together with calcium to make bones healthy and stronger. Therefore, eating foods that are rich in magnesium and calcium will greatly strengthen bones helping a person suffering from osteoporosis to deal with this condition. Foods that are rich in magnesium include leafy and dark green vegetables, broccoli, legumes, pumpkin, halibut and unrefined grains. Basically, there are many foods that have high amount of magnesium that can be used in treating this condition.

Boron: This is a mineral that plays a crucial role in holding calcium which is essential in the development of strong bones. Boron is found in foods such as peaches, apples, dates, raisins, pears and grapes. It is also found in peanuts, almonds, and hazelnuts. Therefore, if you are suffering from this condition make a habit of eating fruit salad that has some of these fruits as well as low-fat yoghurt. This will give you a complement natural osteoporosis treatment.

Exercise: Have an exercise routine will help in building your bone density. Low impact exercises such as walking and yoga are suitable for elderly persons or those with severe osteoporosis conditions. Some weight-bearing exercises such as dancing, walking and running make the body to increase the rate of bone cells production. These can be a great treatment for osteoporosis. Exercise also slows the rate at which one loses bones while limiting bone-damaging falls.

Herbs: There are herbs that can be used in treating osteoporosis. However, herbs have to be used with other treatment options such as healthy lifestyle, exercise and calcium intake. They provide natural support to the body without residual or side effects. Among the herbs that have been used in treating osteoporosis include Pulsatilla vulgaris or Pasque flower and Cimicifuga racemosa or Black cohosh. These herbs support the body in a gentle and natural manner.

Vitamin D: This is very important for individuals suffering from osteoporosis. It facilitates absorption of calcium in the body. It is found in foods as well as sunlight. A person suffering from osteoporosis should spend ten to fifteen minutes in sunlight exposure on the arms, hands and face for at least two or three times every week. This will give them adequate supply of vitamin D which is essential for calcium absorption.

Vitamin K2: Studies reveal that vitamin K2 promotes bone metabolism. It also reduces fractures in people suffering from osteoporosis. This vitamin has also been found to decrease the rate of bone turnover implying that it has a crucial role in enhancing development of strong and healthy bones.

Currently, there are many people who have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Although there are drugs that can be used in treating this condition, some of them have side effects to the patient. As such, finding a good natural osteoporosis treatment is the best way of preventing, slowing, or dealing with this condition.

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Written by: Michal Vilímovský (EN)
Education: Medical student, 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Published: June 8, 2013 7:19 AM
Next scheduled update: June 8, 2015 7:19 AM
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