Factors affecting osteoporosis

  • Calcium: Increase dietary sources of calcium (cruciferous vegetables, legumes such as fermented soy, almond nuts, chestnuts, watercress, whole grains such as spelt, carrot (juice not suitable for high blood pressure patients), egg yolks etc.
  • Magnesium: Involved in calcium metabolism, synthesis of Vitamin D and formation of bones. Deficiency impairs the release and action of parathyroid hormone. Eat your greens and add raw sprouts to diet.
  • Vitamin D: Primary regulator of calcium absorption. The best source is still sunlight. If necessary, take SL Vitamin D 5 drops per day.
  • Vitamin K: Necessary for the production of osteocalcin, a protein that attracts calcium to crystallisation sites and inhibits apoptosis of osteoblasts. Sources are spinach, lettuce, and cauliflower. If necessary, supplement with SL Osteo-fit, which consists of bioavailable calcium, vitamin K, D etc.
  • Oestrogen: to decrease bone resorption, promotes apoptosis of osteoclasts. After menopause, estrogen drops. Check with your naturopath on the best mix of herbs to address menopause and also to prevent osteoporosis. You can assess your bone strength (not bone density) with 1 24 hours urine collection osteoporosis marker test available in my clinic. Say no to any synthetic or bioidentical hormone treatment as there are many side effects such as cancer. Menopause is a natural part of life.
  • Progesterone: may stimulate osteoblastic activity.
  • Testosterone builds bone density. It is not just for men. Bulgarians Tribulus (Mediherb Tribulus) enhances testosterone and regulates female psychological functions.
  • Exercise: resistance exercise very important to prevent osteoporosis
  • Boron: influence metabolism of calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D. Sources are cucumber, chickpeas, celery, and spelt grain.
  • Manganese: vital for bone matrix support
  • Heavy metals such as lead, aluminum, and cadmium increase excretion of calcium or displaces calcium from bones or interferes with osteoblastic and osteoclastic activity. Amala as in Phytolec excretes heavy metals. Amala is also shown to stimulate the production of collagen in skin, tissues, and joints.
  • Minimize foods that increase calcium excretion: alcohol, excessive salt, and caffeine
  • Decrease foods that contain phosphorus, which displace calcium ( soft drinks, animal protein, cola)
  • Ensure good kidney and liver function as this is necessary to produce Vitamin D that is usable in your body. Amala as in Phytolec is a liver tonic and stinging nettle as in Phytolec herbal tea cleanse and strengthen the kidneys.
  • Stimulate good digestion and nutrient absorption with bitter herb mix such as Phyto-nzyme. This is the most neglected part of osteoporosis prevention.
  • Above all, address stress factors.

About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website http://slnaturopath.com
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