I’m sure you have heard throughout your life that drinking milk…builds strong bones. Even as kid myself my mother constantly drowned me with glasses of milk! And I’m happy she did. It’s true that calcium is important to your bone health. So is vitamin D, but new research shows that we’ve all overlooked an important nutrient for bone health. And it’s not some obscure mineral or a new vitamin.
It’s actually something doctors recommend highly for your heart and your brain. The name of this miracle nutrient is Omega-3 fatty acids. And surprisingly your bones will also benefit from it too.
Let Me Help You Understand A Little More About The Structure of Your Bones!
You see, your bones aren’t just static lumps of minerals that support your body.
They are living structures teaming with cells. And your body continually breaks down the cellular structure of the bone and rebuilds itself. It’s through this process that your bones stay strong and healthy and are constantly renewed.
As you age, though, the process begins to slow down. Your body becomes less efficient at converting nutrients into new bone material. When that happens, you will start to lose bone mass and become more prone to fractures.
Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent bone loss. Research shows the link between bone health and Omega-3 fatty acids. In animal studies, scientists found that as rats aged, those that ate a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids maintained stronger bones than those that ate higher amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids.
With their interest piqued, scientists looked into the effect of Omega-3 fatty acids on human bones. Sure enough, they found that people who consume the lowest amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids were more prone to bone loss. But those who consumed the highest levels of Omega-3s had the best bone health.
Boost Your Bone Health With Omega-3 Fatty Acids
As with all nutrients, it’s best to get your Omega-3 fatty acids from natural sources whenever you can. The best food sources of this valuable nutrient are fatty fish, flaxseed, and oils derived from nuts rather than vegetables.
Fish is the richest source, but many kinds of fish have high levels of mercury. You want to avoid those. Wild Alaskan salmon has low levels of mercury and a high Omega-3 content. Sardines are also a good, clean source.
Many supermarkets also carry eggs from chickens fed a diet enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids. These eggs are a great source of omega-3s, and they are easier to eat every day than fish.
Finally, you can boost your Omega-3 levels by taking a fish oil supplement. Look for one that contains a balance of ALA, DHA, and EPA fatty acids. These are all types of Omega-3 fatty acids—your body does better when it gets a balance of all three.
Omega-3 fatty acids have proven benefits for your heart and brain… and now we know they help keep your bones strong, too. So, start today getting more of this valuable nutrient today.
Mark Bromson, M.D.
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