What Vitamin is Good for Bones?

“What vitamin is good for bones?” is a question we hear all the time. The most common answer given on many websites is Vitamin D. That said, you should understand that there are many other essential vitamins and minerals which your body requires to have healthy and strong bones.

However, before we get into the specific essential vitamins and minerals that are good for bones, it is important to note that early bone development during our growth phase is critical to having enough bone density for later in life, when bone loss is most likely to occur.

Eating healthy foods, taking in the 46 essential nutrients, and putting some stress on our bones and ligaments through weight training and exercise, all help develop bone density while we are young. Weight training strengthens the muscles, and the body responds with stronger bones, ligaments, and tendons - provided we nourish our body properly. Studies have shown that the stronger the bones are in our early 20’s, the less likely we are to have fragile bones as we age.

Now for the basics: 

Vitamin D, which is part of the required vitamins for early bone development, is deficit in a staggering 70% of our children! This is why Kids'Mega 3D and Reishi Defense by Enerex are very beneficial supplements for those with an inadequate intake of the D vitamin.

Vitamin K2 is a lesser known but essential vitamin for bone health. It is shown to reduce bone turnover rate, and improve bone strength. About half the men and a quarter of the women in the United States are deficit in Vitamin K. (NOTE: Those on warfarin should avoid Vitamin K.)

Vitamin C is required for fracture healing and the formation of collagen. Increased bone mineral density has been seen in women taking supplementation. The studies are not as common for bone health with Vitamin C since it is used as such a powerful antioxidant. And there are also studies now showing some doctors have used it intravenously in the battle against cancer. Most adults take a quality supplement such as Bio-C which has a 22% hesperidin count, verifying its strength and effectiveness.

Vitamin A is also important for bone growth and health; however, an overdose of this vitamin (mostly in the form of retinol which is used in some creams) may have adverse effects on bone density. Vitamin A from Beta-carotene is considered safe and beneficial. 

In addition to the 4 vitamins mentioned above, there are also numerous minerals that play a key role in bone health. Many must be consumed together to be effective.

Calcium is the mineral most commonly thought of when it comes to bone health. Most people in this country get their calcium from dairy and dairy products. Nonetheless, studies show our bodies are not getting enough calcium, even though we may be consuming plenty of it. It seems that absorption is the issue, coupled with calcium excretion and depletion resulting from an overly acidic diet.

It is important to note that too much calcium, taken without the cofactors to allow usage in the body, can be dangerous and cause kidney stones or a buildup of plaque. Magnesium, boron, silica, and Vitamin D must be present is sufficient quantities to have all the essential vitamin and minerals work in unison.

There is also a lot of poorly absorbed calcium carbonate (dolomite, coral) being sold. (In a couple of instances, some vendors selling these worthless supplements have been fined and/or jailed.) Minerals must be chelated - attached to an amino acid - to be effective. Enerex only uses chelated minerals in its Osteo Cal:Mag formula; however, there are still companies selling poorly absorbed versions.

Magnesium is now recognized as an important contributor to bone health. Supplementation shows a significant increase in bone mineral density. The key feature of magnesium is that both it and calcium have to be present for proper absorptions and utilization. That is one reason that Enerex puts them in the same formula, insuring adequate ratios of each.

Boron seems to temper the rate at which bone degrades in the body, thus helping slow bone loss. It also increases the absorption rate of the other key minerals, such as calcium and magnesium.

Silica is often the forgotten mineral, and yet it is the second most abundant element in Nature. Silica is required for bone calcification and mineralization, and is also a key component of tendons and ligaments.

Taking kelp, which is full of minerals and increases the absorption rates of all the minerals listed above, may also be valuable. And there may yet be other undiscovered nutrients our bodies require.

A common mistake many doctors and consumers make is believing that supplementation is designed to add to the nutrients you are already consuming in a healthy diet. Sometimes, however, we take too much of one supplement and/or not enough of another. Enerex tries to allow for a basic level of nutrients in the body, and then adds what typically would be missing. This method helps to provide the right balance of essential vitamins and minerals needed for healthy bones.

 “What vitamin is good for bones?” ...Look to vitamins A, D, K2, and C, along with essential minerals calcium, magnesium, silica, and boron.