Bones are amazing structures. Far from being hard, brittle and lifeless – they are a dynamic living tissue which serves a multitude of purposes.
Bones are continually remodelling, are involved in blood-cell production and act as a mineral store for the body as a whole.
The strength and quality of bones is determined early in life and their mass does not increase much after the first two decades(1). It is no
exaggeration to say that bone growth in children has a lasting impact on quality of life in later years.
Infant bones are extremely soft and flexible because they are composed largely of cartilage. Throughout childhood and into adolescence bones
are growing and hardening(2). Peak bone mass occurs during the mid-twenties for most people and bones do not grow in length or density
beyond thirty(3). Nonetheless bone repair and remodelling are life-long processes.
Osteoporosis is a progressive disease characterised by a loss of bone mass and quality, resulting in an increased risk of fractures. Medical
opinion is that apart from the genetic influence, Osteoporosis is largely preventable. Diet, lifestyle and environment are the most important
variable factors. Consequently, it is now identified as a disease that can begin in childhood with less than optimal bone growth(3). Bones have
a high mineral content which makes them solid and durable.
Minerals such as calcium,
phosphorous, sodium, magnesium
and carbonate are predominant. Bones are also flexible because of the collagen
(a structural protein), content. For optimum bone health, there is no substitute for exercise and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
In addition, foods that are high in protein and rich in calcium(4)are necessary to ensure strong bones. All vitamins
, but especially vitamin D
are essential for healthy bone growth.
Natural health supplements provide nutrients that assist in optimum bone growth and maintenance. Colostrum
and Goat Milk
a source of protein and minerals. Marine Collagen
and Shark Cartilage
provide some of the building blocks of bone.
Deep Blue Health products which can improve bone growth are; Colostrum
- a nutritious dairy product for healthy growth and development. Goat Milk
- low in calories and rich in calcium and protein, ideal for people adverse to dairy. Available in both powder
. Green Lipped Mussel
- rich in vitamins, minerals, Omega3 and glycosaminoglycans which work together to reduce inflammation and improve
bone growth. Marine Collagen
- rich in proteins which make up fibrous tissues in bones. Milk Colostrum Junior
- helps support the immune system and assist with growth and development.
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/food2/uid06e/uid06e0u.htm - Cell biology of bones
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/bonegrowth/femur.shtml - Bone growth
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/osteoporosis_hoh.asp - Osteoporosis
http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/vitamins/calcium.html - Calcium & Bone health