Improving bone health is vitally important for adults over the age of 50. Commonly called osteoporosis, this bone loss can be a contributing factor in age related disability.
For example, in the United States approximately 25% of men and 50% of women age 50 and older will experience a fracture due to osteoporosis. And if this wasn’t bad enough, 20% of patients over 50 who suffer a hip fracture will die.
Most people believe that taking a calcium supplement will help in improving bone health. And while it may slow down bone loss, it does not prevent it.
Which brings us to the main focus of this article.
Research out of Japan shows that high doses of vitamin K2 helps to prevent bone loss and protect against fractures.
These clinical trials used 45 mg of vitamin K2 (menagquinone-4) in helping to:
Slow Bone Loss
Reduce Fracture Risk
and Build New Bone
In a two-year study, high doses of vitamin K2 helped older osteoporosis patients reduce vertebral fractures by half.
It’s important to know that your body constantly breaks down old bone and replaces it with new bone.
After we are born, and for the first couple of decades of our life, bone density increases. Then for the next couple of decades it plateaus. Meaning that the amount of old bone being replace with new bone is about the same.
However, around the age of 40 bone density begins to decrease. And for women experiencing menopause, the bone loss accelerates.
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