Most health care providers will usually recommend that you get the bulk of the nutrition you need through the foods you eat, but oftentimes for a variety of reasons supplementation may be necessary. This is particularly true of osteoporosis supplements since studies have shown that women get less than half the calcium they need to maintain healthy bones through food.
Osteoporosis supplements will usually contain two main nutrients:
- Calcium - this nutrient is the building blocks of bones. It is commonly found in foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, but some dietary restrictions may make it difficult for some people to get adequate amounts through the food they eat. Low calcium levels can result in brittle, weak bones that are susceptible to density loss and eventually painful fractures or breaks.
- Vitamins D - this nutrient works hand in hand with calcium. Without it, the body would not be able to absorb calcium efficiently. You may be getting more than enough calcium, but without sufficient levels of vitamin D, your body will be unable to process it effectively.
Before you begin taking osteoporosis supplements, or following any other new treatment option for that matter, it is important to consult with your primary care provider for more osteoporosis information and to ensure you do not run the risk of experiencing any adverse side effects and make things worse for your body instead of better.