Correct nutrition is essential for building and maintaining strong, healthy bones. The nutrient that first springs to mind is calcium and hence dairy foods, but evidence from a variety of studies strongly points to a positive link between fruit and vegetable consumption and bone and joint health. In addition to calcium the process of bone formation requires protein, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, potassium, and fluoride. Several other vitamins and minerals are needed for maintaining healthy bones, including vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin A plus manganese, copper, boron, iron and zinc.
There are two key vitamins present in vitalbones® products that contribute to normal bone structure and function:
- Vitamin K plays a prominent role in the maintenance of healthy bones by helping to keep calcium in bones and working synergistically with vitamin D to build bone mass. Good sources of vitamin K are green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach.
- Vitamin C assists in the formation of collagen which is abundant in the connective tissue of cartilage and bone.