My Aching Bones!
Yes indeed, it’s a familiar phrase we tend to hear more often as we age. In reality, pain within bones is rare and, in a very small percentage of cases, is symptomatic of serious disease. Osteoporosis, the disease caused by the gradual loss of bone strength and density, is a silent disease not associated with aches and pains, and frequently only diagnosed following a fragility fracture. Wear and tear on attachment sites of bones and connective tissue—including cartilage (bone to bone), tendons (bone to bone), and ligaments (muscle to bone)—are the most common cause of soreness within joints that can derail an active lifestyle.
Bones are dynamic, with their highly specialized cells in a constant state
of growth and resorption (decay or loss). Supplementation with calcium was once
considered adequate for maintaining healthy bone mass; however, the bioavailability
of calcium and the presence of nutrients that enhance its absorption are critical.
There are several sources of calcium available in supplement form; however, bovine-
sourced microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHA) is recognized as the most
bioavailable form to fuel bone density. Biologically active vitamin D3 and magnesium
are proven to lock down calcium within bones; make sure you’re getting your
recommended daily requirement. Many other nutrients have been shown to exert
positive effects on bone-density dynamics, with vitamin K2, green tea extract, and
grape seed stimulating osteoblast (bone-building cells) and inhibiting osteoclast
(bone resorption) activity. Curcumin, lutein, zinc, manganese, and vitamins B1 and
B12 are among the many other skeletal-friendly nutrients to look for in a
A novel nutrient, by the trade name NEM® (Natural Eggshell Membrane®) has also
emerged as a critical component for healthy cartilage, connective tissue, and synovial
fluid essential for pain-free articulation. Extracts of Devil’s claw, curcumin, and
boswellic acid are a trio of botanicals worthy of consideration for natural relief of joint
pain and inflammation.
These vitamins, minerals, and nutraceuticals can be sourced à la carte or discovered
within condition-specific formulas. Quenching your bones and connective tissue with
the right nutrients will make your bones stronger to help alleviate joint pain and
improve range of motion to keep you active.
You deserve it!
Gordon Raza, BSc
As the technical writer for Flourish, Gord shares his
unique perspective on natural health products, nutrition,
and active living.