Could Nutraceuticals Help Prevent Joint Replacement?
Joint replacement surgeries have risen substantially in the last few years. Each year in the United States, adults suffering from osteoarthritis elect to undergo more than one million total knee and total hip replacements combined—at an estimated cost of more than $18 billion to the healthcare system. According to a Blue Cross Blue Shield report, the joint replacement business is booming. In 2014, knee and hip replacements tripled and doubled, respectively, in the US, making them the fastest growing medical treatments. Cost for these procedures varies wildly, too, depending on where one lives--up to 313 per cent.
Osteoporosis is dangerous, but not just because of joint degeneration. Research shows an increased risk of heart attack and stroke with excess calcium--referred to as the calcium paradox. For decades, women have been advised to simply take more calcium. Eight hundred became 1000 mg, then 1200 mg, and some women are advised to take up to 1500 mg of extra calcium! The first problem is that taking more calcium does not build stronger bones, according to clinical studies.
Research has revealed that excess calcium can be deposited in the arteries, contributing to arteriosclerosis. This would suggest that we do not need more calcium, we need calcium managers, such as vitamin D, magnesium, and boron. Calcium managers are co-nutrients that help in building bones.
Vitamin D is an especially important calcium manager, as it allows the body to absorb calcium, and maintain the proper balance of calcium and phosphorus. While Vitamin D can be gained from sources such as sunlight and milk, many people do not produce enough vitamin D or get enough from food. Vitamin D deficiency can be a problem for older people and those who are homebound or bed-ridden.
Vitamin K2 is also crucial in managing calcium. Vitamin K2 helps to channel calcium into the bones, and maybe just as importantly, vitamin K2 helps keep calcium from depositing into the artery wall where it is not beneficial. Without Vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it’s needed; instead, the calcium resides in soft tissue (like the arteries)—leading to a combination of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, or the dreaded “calcium paradox.” A Vitamin K2 deficiency is considered a risk factor for cancer and diabetes, among other ailments. However, with K2 these conditions improve.
Dr. Joseph Mercola recently published an article about the importance of K2 and Vitamin D, which can be found here.
To give your bones and joints the best support, we recommend our Opti-Cal/Mag with K2, as well as our new Next Generation B Complex (with vegan D3)!
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