Introduction to Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a major problem. According to statistics, 10 million people over the age of 50 are susceptible to low bone mass problems.
It is a very serious public health issue, however, research has shown that herbs can help greatly to strengthen the bones and decrease the chances of osteoporosis.
Most research on the role of plants in the treatment of osteoporosis and preventing this condition has been focused on phytoestrogenic plant compounds, and shows that such plants can lower the chance of developing bone problems.
Herbs for strong bones
Herbs can help to maintain good bone health and structure.
A good idea is to eat at least one cup of cooked green vegetables every day, but if a person cannot do that, then they can drink an herbal tea, eat some seaweed, or use herbal vinegar on their salads instead, fore example.
Herbs an vegetables are easy o prepare and are also very tasty, especially, the herbs, which can add a certain interesting flavor to the food without adding any calories.
Herbs and garden weeds are usually richer in minerals than most food as well. They are also great for strengthening bones and making sure that they do not break as a person gets older.
Research has been done in rural China, where people tend to have very strong bones even in old age, and it was found out that the more people eat plant foods, herbs and vegetables, the lesser the chances are of developing osteoporosis.
Of course, the most important minerals to consume in order to have very healthy bones are calcium and vitamin D. Calcium will help to build bone mass and slow down the loss of bones. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb the calcium.
Some of the food most rich in calcium includes dairy food, dark leafy greens like kale and collards, salmon, sardines and dried figs.
Vitamin D can be found in oily fish like Alaskan salmon and fortified soy milk, orange juice and grain cereals.
Red clover has been shown to help in creating strong bones. It can also lower the loss of lumbar spine-bone material deterioration and when it is coupled with come calcium and vitamin D supplements, red clover has proven to be very effective in increase bone mass, generally.
Alfalfa can prevent bone loss that is caused by an estrogen deficiency.
Horsetail can be used to prevent osteoporosis and speed up the healing process in bone injuries and fractures.
Parsley is an excellent herb for treating all kinds of bone problems, including rheumatism, arthritis and sciatica.
Stinging nettle is also great because, it contains a very high concentration of calcium.