Is dairy good for your bones?

Our diet plays a big role in bone formation and overall bone health. Around 10 million Americans currently have osteoporosis, which is a disease that occurs in those who lose too much bone, make too little, or both. Dietitians urge their patients to consume foods that can help promote stronger bones and help prevent bone loss. One nutrient that is essential for bone growth is calcium. This nutrient is present in a variety of foods including: dairy products, such as reduced-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese; green vegetables; and calcium-fortified foods such as cereals, snacks, breads, soymilk, tofu and orange juice. Vitamin D is another important nutrient vital for bone health. It helps promote adequate mineralization of bone and it aids in our absorption of calcium. Unfortunately, there are not many great sources of vitamin D in our diet. Fatty fish contain some vitamin D (salmon/tuna) and small amounts are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Some of the main sources of vitamin D come from fortified foods such as milk, milk products, orange juice, and cereals. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, other nutrients such as vitamin K, C and magnesium are also important to our bone health. It is recommended that people consume a variety of foods rich in these nutrients, primarily fruits and vegetables. Finally, getting adequate exercise involving strength training can help keep our muscles strong and help promote a healthy skeleton!

Login to Favorite