Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment With Magnesium
Osteoporosis affects more middle class countries than poorer countries. The countries that consume the highest amount of dairy products (USA, Sweden and Finland) have the highest incidence of osteoporosis and poorer bone health even though we focus more on osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Our bones were designed to last a life time. Because there is no money in drug companies selling magnesium, it is no surprise that osteoporosis and bone health research doesn’t include magnesium. There is also very little research to find natural medicine for osteoporosis. Out of 22,000 journal articles, only 10 studied the magnesium connection in humans. Osteoporosis is from the effects of a poor diet and not normal nor an inevitable part of aging.
A recent report shows that pharmaceutical products like Fosmax causes jawbone deterioration and also causes brittle bones. Fosomax destroys osteoclasts, the cells that remodel bone. Instead of the old cells being replaced with new cells, Fosomax causes the calcium to fill in the voids in the inner matrix structure with more calcium, making your bones denser but also less healthy and more brittle. Osteoporosis treatment is not as simple as increasing bone density. Natural medicine for osteoporosis is also hard to find. Fosomax is a biphosphonate drugs along with other drugs like Actonel and Boniva.
Calcium Alone Is Not Enough
Because our bones are made of two parts calcium and one part magnesium, scientific literature and logic dictate that if you don’t have magnesium to combine with the calcium, the calcium you have cannot be utilized to foster bone health. Calcium and magnesium won’t do it either. Other minerals like Vitamin D3 and around 10-18 other minerals are necessary for optimal bone health. It is unfortunate that osteoporosis prevention has been simplified to “take calcium supplements” or “drink milk”. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and is necessary for many functions. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral. Calcium and magnesium work together like 2 sides of a coin. A natural medicine for osteoporosis should include all 13 vitamins and minerals for optimal bone health.
The Relationship Between Osteoporosis and Magnesium Deficiency
What Causes Osteoporosis and Bone Loss?
Magnesium stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, that helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, prenting some forms of arthrits and kidney stones. Magnesium suppresses another bone hormone called PHT (parathyroid), preventing it from breaking down bone. The balance between PTH and calcitonin tilts too far toward PTH when we are magnesium deficient which results in excessive stimulation of osteoclasts, which causes net bone loss.
Your body needs to keep an exact level of calcium in your blood stream and these two hormones regulate your blood by pulling calcium in and out of the bones and putting it in your blood. Your body also needs to maintain a pH of 7 in your blood stream in the same way in needs to maintain 98°F body temperature and will do whatever it can to maintain a perfect balance. Because calcium and magnesium are alkalizing to the body, your PHT hormone will be stimulated by an acidic diet causing calcium to be depleted from your bones.
The standard American diet (Sad) diet is mostly an acidic diet. Protein, bread, soda pop, sugar and pastas are examples of acidic foods. Many vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables) and many fruits are alkaline (opposite of acidic). When we consume acidic foods, our body gets more and more acidic. Because milk is high in protein, drinking milk can often pull calcium from your bones to neutralize the acidic effect of the body. Checking your saliva with litmus paper from your local drug store will indicate how acidic you are.
The imbalance of the hormones DHEA and Cortisol may result in osteoporosis. When you are stressed, you body produces a stress hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol will pull calcium from your bones. Cortisol and DHEA balance each other out, if one is high the other is low. Magnesium helps you deal with stress as you need magnesium to relax. Low hormone levels in general can lead to loss of bones, which is why many women start to lose bone density after menopause. Magnesium will help combat the negative effects of stress which in turn will decrease Cortisol in your body.
Because magnesium improves the absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract, some practitioners suggest that women take calcium and magnesium together at a ratio of 2:1, particularly around the time of menopause. This helps prevent loss of bone mass. In addition, as estrogen levels drop during menopause, magnesium levels seem to diminish as well. For this reason, magnesium may also help to relieve some menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. More research is needed
Supplements for Osteoporosis
(taken from “The Miracle of Magnesium”)
- Calcium: 500 mg per day
- Magnesium: 300 mg twice a day
- Boron: 2 mg daily (involved in Vitamin D conversion)
- Copper: 1-3 mg daily (for collagen cross-linking)
- Manganese: 5- 10 mg per day (stimulates the production of mucopolysaccharides, the organic matrix of bone)
- Zinc: 10 mg daily (important for bone matrix)
- Vitamin A: 20,000 IU daily (forms bone matrix)
- Vitamin B6 : 50 mg per day
- Folic Acid: 800 mcg daily
- Vitamin B complex: 50 mg per day
- Vitamin C: 1,000 mg per day
- Vitamin D 1,000 IU per day or 20 minutes in the sun daily (for calcium absorption)
- Progesterone for postmenopausal women under the advice of your doctor and after hormonal saliva testing to determine deficiency of progesterone: days 1-25, use ¼ tsp. of progesterone cream, rubbed into the skin, twice a day; take a break days 25-31 (make sure the product contains USP progesterone)
Excess calcium is a vastly widespread problem, as excess calcium DEPLETES magnesium from the body, and as a result brings about all of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. At this point, it will be unimportant how much magnesium you consume, but how much is left in your body. If you feel your body is out of balance and isn't functioning right (with some symptoms manifesting), it could be suspect that excess calcium is the problem, especially if you have been supplementing it.
Remember calcium and magnesium need to be in the correct proportions for your own needs; otherwise the calcium turns from a nutrient into a pollutant causing heart disease, arthritis, hardening of the arteries, senility, osteoporosis and calcification of organs and tissues that eventually completely degenerate.
For this very reason excess calcium can become a real problem, while excess magnesium, on the other hand, is not of any concern. Unlike calcium, magnesium does not build up in the body, as excess is eliminated. Excess calcium combined with low magnesium - a lethal combination indeed.
Taking more calcium will not fix a calcium deficiency, which is quite evident from the statistics. It is magnesium that will handle the calcium deficiency as well as the magnesium deficiency itself (it will dissolve any excess calcium from the body, while helping any needed calcium to assimilate). Calcium alone is useless and potentially harmful.