Our bones support us and allow us to move. They protect our brain, heart, and other organs from injury. Our bones also store minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which help keep our bones strong, and release them into the body when we need them for other uses. Further, bones give your body shape, produce red blood cells, store crucial minerals, protect vital organs, and enable the movement of work and play.
Over the course of your life, your body will constantly break down and regenerate your bone tissue. Minerals are incorporated into your bones during childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Once you reach 30 years of age, you have achieved peak bone mass. If not enough bone mass is created during this time or bone loss occurs later in life, you have an increased risk of developing fragile bones that break easily.
Calcium makes up a significant portion of your bones and teeth. Adequate calcium intake is the most important factor in building a strong skeletal system. Among its bone-supporting function, calcium also aids in muscle contraction, blood clotting, and signalling between cells. Many nutrition and lifestyle habits can also help you build strong bones and maintain them as you age. Research has found that the following supplements may promote good bone health: