14 Surprising Home Remedies for Osteoporosis

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Some of the most effective home remedies for osteoporosis include the use of beans, vinegar, spinach, milk, pineapple juice, salmon, tofu, red clover, black cohosh, yogurt, and calcium supplements, as well as behavioral modifications, including quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and reducing protein intake.

Home Remedies for Osteoporosis

Home remedies for osteoporosis include:

Vinegar

One of the best ways to ensure that your bones stay strong is to increase your mineral intake, particularly calcium. This essential components of our bones must be continually replenished, particularly as we age, and vinegar has been linked to an increase in calcium levels. It is believed that vinegar helps to increase the efficiency of calcium uptake from the other foods we eat, so be sure to pour some on your next salad!

Tofu

Soy is one of the most interesting new frontiers in the treatment of osteoporosis, namely due to its high content of phytoestrogens. These compounds resemble estrogens needed for women to maintain normal hormonal balance, and may also help increase bone density in women. Women are at significantly greater risk of osteoporosis than men, so this is an important new area of research.

Stop Smoking

Behavioral alterations like quitting smoking are also important. Smoking floods the body with carcinogens and increases the likelihood of chronic diseases. It also can speed up the arrival of menopause in women, which often marks a significant increase in the risk of osteoporosis. By quitting smoking, you can delay menopause and hold back the onset of osteoporosis symptoms.

Don’t Lose too much Weight

Obesity has long been associated with a high risk of other diseases, but there is nothing wrong with having a bit of extra fat on your body, as long as it is not excessive. Extremely thin people, particularly those who have suffered from eating disorders in the past, have a much higher risk of premature bone degradation, so maintain a healthy weight in a healthy way to keep your bones strong!

Red Clover

Similar to soy products, red clover is a powerful herb that also has certain estrogen-like effects. This can effectively prevent osteoporosis, but these compounds are also volatile and not fully understood, so it is important not to combine prescribed medicine with herbal remedies unless you speak with your doctor.

Salmon

Quite simply, this delicious variety of fish is particularly rich in calcium and vitamin D, as well as beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, so if you want to keep osteoporosis and other chronic conditions at bay, add salmon to your diet whenever possible!

Exercise Regularly

If you remain active, you will maintain muscle strength, which helps to boost bone strength and significantly lowers your risk of falling or accidentally breaking a bone. Remaining active will also keep energy levels up and prevent the onset of other age-related disorders.

Cut Back on Alcohol

Alcohol can actually improve calcium intake when consumed in moderation, but there is a clear line, and once your consumption is excessive, it has a sharp negative impact on bone strength and overall health, while also making you less steady on your feet and more likely to fall and possibly break something.

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Spinach

One of the richest sources of calcium in the vegetable world, add a fresh spinach salad to your weekly health regimen (at least one!) and ensure a constant stream of bone-strengthening minerals to your system.

Milk

Arguably the most famous substance to help “build strong bones”, the calcium found in milk is a wonderful way to work a daily bone-boost into your diet and health regimen. A single glass of milk can represent one-quarter of the recommended daily amount!

Black Cohosh

Although research is still in its early stages, this herb has similar phytoestrogen compounds to soy, making it potentially beneficial for women who want to reduce their chances of developing osteoporosis as they age and experience menopause.

Pineapple Juice

One of the newest findings concerning osteoporosis has to do with manganese deficiency, so ensuring a high level of that mineral can seriously help fend off bone degradation. Freshly squeezed pineapple juice is a rich source of manganese – and a tasty one!

Lower Protein Intake

Research has suggested that human beings actually consume more protein than is necessary for a healthy life, and the excretion of protein often includes excreting calcium, which compounds the problems of osteoporosis. Speaking to a nutritionist about your protein intake can be a wise way to optimize your diet!

Calcium Supplements

You can find calcium supplements at almost every health food store and pharmacy. This is the most direct way to ensure a healthy calcium intake and prevent osteoporosis or at least delay its onset.

Word of Caution: Excessive consumption of calcium to prevent osteoporosis can cause other problems, like calcium deposition that leads to gout, gallstones etc. Be sure that you speak to a trained medical professional as you age to discuss your diet and lifestyle, and before adding any major home remedies for osteoporosis!

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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