Daily calcium intake among adults appears to vary quite widely around the world in distinct regional patterns, according to a new systematic review of research data published ahead of World Osteoporosis Day.
Achieving good bone health requires far more than simply concentrating on calcium intake. The framework of the bone on which calcium and other minerals are deposited is made of a protein – collagen. Without healthy collagen, bone cannot form or function properly. Healthy bone formation therefore depends on a proper supply of vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and other collagen-supporting micronutrients. Since the human body cannot produce vitamin C or lysine internally, deficiencies of these critical nutrients are very likely. They can also be further depleted by the stress associated with bone fractures.
In contrast, the bisphosphonate drugs prescribed for osteoporosis should be avoided as they have been shown to weaken bones.