Health News: Probiotics and Calcium Build Bone Density
It turns out the calcium we consume through milk and supplements is not always absorbed or used to build bone. In fact, without a healthy probiotic population in the gut and the presence of other bone-building cofactors like vitamins D and K2, magnesium, zinc, and essential fatty acids, calcium can pass right through undigested. Or even worse, excess calcium turns into unhealthy deposits in soft tissue and arteries.
The good news? Resent research has found that when women age 48 and older took a probiotic supplement for at least eight weeks, their bone density was 36 percent higher than those who didn’t take a probiotic supplement.
In addition to probiotic and prebiotic supplementation, Dr. Natalie Engelbart, founder and clinical director at Alternative Health Solutions in Flower Mound, Texas, encourages women to consider increasing magnesium intake for better bone health as it regulates calcium absorption into the bones.