The first article in this series on the bone-building effects of the omega-3 essential fatty acids began to explain why balance between the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids is so important for healthy bones. We talked about the fact that the omega-6s tend to promote inflammation, while the omega-3s lessen it. Specifically, we saw that if encouraged by omega-3s, our mesenchymal stem cells, the bone marrow cells that can develop into either bone-building osteoblasts or fat cells, choose to become osteoblasts, but if omega-6s take charge, our mesenchymal stem cells become adipocytes (fat cells) instead. This article explains: Why, increasingly as we age, not getting enough omega-3s causes us to produce more and more unnecessary fat and less needed muscle and bone. As we age, not getting enough omega-3s causes us to produce fat instead of muscle and bone.  You…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / September 16, 2015

“Why am I only seeing bone density increases in certain areas and not others?”  “My spine increased but my hip did not”, is what we sometimes hear.  That’s the question we get from some customers after they have taken their first DEXA scan since starting AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. One would expect to increase bone density uniformly, no?  Not really.   Before we talk about why one area may increase while another does not let’s get some perspective.  Increasing your bone density in ANY area, if you are over age 40, is amazing! After age 40, on average, we should be losing about 1% of bone density every year until death do us part from our dear bones – any increases should be met with high fives and clinking wine glasses. Now here’s why bone density varies from location…

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Health / Nutrition / Osteoporosis / September 14, 2015

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health. Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health and overcoming osteoporosis naturally. In this latest video, Lara discusses a liver enzyme that helps clear out substances that you don’t want in your body. Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments.   If you’d like to read the transcript of Lara’s video, please click here.   Source: Shearer MJ, Fu X, Booth SL. Vitamin…

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Health / Nutrition / Omega 3 / Osteoporosis / September 8, 2015

Chronic inflammation is the culprit behind most diseases. You may not feel it or even sense it, but it could be bubbling up inside you. What’s Chronic Inflammation and What Factors Lead to It It’s important to understand that there are two types of inflammation: chronic and acute. Acute inflammation is your body’s first response to intruders. It shows up as redness, heat, swelling and pain. You will see acute inflammation in action in response to things like: Ingrown and infected toenails, sore throat, a scratch on the skin, and intense exercise. Acute inflammation is different from chronic inflammation.  It happens quickly (rapid onset) and soon becomes severe. Symptoms and signs are only present for a few days, or in some cases may last for several weeks. But ultimately, it’s short and temporary. Chronic inflammation on the other hand means…

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Nutrition / Prevention / Vitamin K2 / September 5, 2015

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health. Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health and overcoming osteoporosis naturally. In this latest video, Lara reveals that certain people have a slower working version of this enzyme, which in turn increases their fracture risk. But she discusses how you can improve this enzyme’s function.  Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments. 🙂 Transcript: Hello, my name is Lara Pizzorno. I’m the…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / September 1, 2015

Did you know that over 75% of Americans are deficient in calcium? That’s everyone, not just omnivores. But if you are a plant-based eater, it’s important to know where and which sources you can get your calcium from. If you are 51 years old or older, it is recommended you get between 1200-1500 mg of calcium per day. (Unfortunately, the USDA says most of us are getting closer to 674 mg of calcium from our diets) So it’s not only crucial that we get the recommended amount of calcium per day, but also from sources that are healthy and calcium-rich. The following are the top plant-based calcium sources: * Soy: There has been some confusion about soy and its effects on health. To clear up that confusion go to, “5 Myths About Soy You Probably Still Believe”. * Calcium Fortified:…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin K2 / August 26, 2015

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health. Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health and overcoming osteoporosis naturally. In this latest video, Lara discusses how important vitamin K2 is to our health that our body has created a whole regime of ways we can recycle vitamin K2. Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments. Hello, My name’s Lara Pizzorno. I’m the author of “Your Bones” and I’m here to share some…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / August 23, 2015

What are strong bones made of? Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin A! As I mentioned in my last post, some of the best sources for these essential nutrients include powerhouses like leafy greens, seeds, nuts and fish. For those wanting a more specific idea for healthy bone-building meals, here are some of my favorites! Bone Building Salad This recipe contains magnesium-rich beans and chicken, as well as Vitamin K-rich olive oil and herbs. Take a mix of fresh raw spinach, kale, arugula and lettuce greens and mix together in a large bowl.   Toss in some black beans (or other beans of choice) and ½ cup or so of cooked shredded chicken.  Add in some blanched broccoli, red onion, sliced mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes.  I love cucumber and raw garlic so I will…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin K2 / August 19, 2015

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health. Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health and overcoming osteoporosis naturally. In this latest video, Lara discusses how this one protein can affect how much vitamin K2 you need and which form is best for you. Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments. 🙂 Hello, my name’s Lara Pizzorno. I am the author of “Your Bones” and I’m here to share information with…

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Health / Nutrition / Osteoporosis / August 15, 2015

It pays to focus on bone health sooner, rather than later. Bone health is needed not only to protect us from falls and fractures, but also to keep us as active and robust as possible while we age. While you may not be able to totally control factors like age or genetics, you can decide how to fuel your body for maximum health and protection.   Many of my clients with soy, gluten and dairy intolerances have found that they feel better following more of a Paleo Style Diet. Benefits of the Paleo Style Diet can include weight normalization, decreased hunger and feeling generally well due to the removal of many over processed foods. Whatever style of eating is best for you, avoiding, or at least limiting, over processed foods is key.   You want to make sure that you’re…

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