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Herbs & Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis - often called "brittle bone disease - is caused by bones becoming less dense and therefore more vulnerable to fracture. Women after menopause may become prone to osteoporosis.

SYMPTOMS In many cases there are no symptoms, but some people suffer pain in the back or neck.

HERBALISM

Many herbs contain estrogen-like substances, such as hops or
sage, which can protect the bones against loss.

If you are in pain, use analgesic herbs such as white willow,
meadowsweet, or wild yam

FROM THE LARDER

Recent evidence suggests that an increased intake of
magnesium may help prevent the worst effects of osteoporosis. Magnesium sources include soybeans, nuts, and brewers' yeast.

Calcium can also be very helpful. Recommended doses are between 1,000 and 1,500mg. A day.

To meet this, supplements would be necessary in addition to eating calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. (Those watching their weight should note that skim milk and low-fat cheese and yogurts have the same amount of calcium as full-fat products.) Vitamin
D - obtained from cod liver oil, mackerel, eggs, and milk - helps the body absorb calcium.

Foods containing boron, which reduces the body's excretion of calcium and magnesium, and Increases the production of estrogen, should be taken. Such foods include beer, wine, cider, and edible plants.

Fluoride may be useful for preventing and treating the condition because it stimulates new bone formation.