Is it true that calcium is our bones' best friend?
Having no deficiencies in this mineral helps avoiding bone fragility and, consequently, the risk of osteoporosis. Two conditions that are very common among women during and after menopause.
Relying on Google to understand a topic is likely to lead to further chaos, as one will surely come across fake news, personal blogs claiming all kinds of things, clumsy copy and paste, and so on. Today we want to shed light on the real benefits of calcium, a mineral commonly associated with bone health. Here is some useful information about it.
Calcium according to scientists
Several studies have confirmed the beneficial role of calcium in promoting bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. According to a recent article published by the academic journal "The American Journal of Medicine", this type of effect is, however, rather limited, not sufficient to prevent the risk of fractures. Other trustworthy research has investigated how calcium and vitamin D supplements offer help to seniors who have or have had fractures. But even then, a recent study of 5,292 women and men with a previous fracture showed no benefit from either calcium, vitamin D, or the combination of the two. For these reasons, today there is still some uncertainty on the part of the international scientific community regarding the effectiveness of these supplements.
A diet rich in calcium prevents bone fragility
The problem with bone fragility is that it often leads to the next step, namely osteoporosis. In Italy alone, 4 million women and 1 million men suffer from this condition, characterized by a reduction in bone mass and an extreme fragility of the skeletal tissue, with a very high risk of trauma in the elderly and in menopausal women. What is the role of the calcium here? It can be very effective in terms of prevention. Before turning to the supplements, you should make sure that there is calcium in your daily recipes. Say yes to cheeses, yogurt, kefir, eggs, rocket, almonds and dried fruit, chicory, radicchio, broccoli and soy derivatives. You also start reading the labels of your water and choose the ones richest in calcium, especially if you have a deficiency of this mineral.