(Health Secrets) If you are looking to build strong bones and a healthy heart, taking Fosamax and cardio drugs is not the place to start. Investigational journalism from ABC News has shown how Fosamax causes more bone problems than it solves. At first Fosamax creates the illusion that it can build strong bones because it retards the breakdown of old bone, but this drug which is comprised of phosphonates that are used to clean soap scum, creates an imbalance of two important bone structure mechanisms: osteoblasts and osteoclasts. This imbalance leads eventually to spontaneous bone fractures. This means that while you swallow Fosomax thinking you are building stong bones, in reality you are setting the stage for crippling disease.
Osteoblasts form new bone, while osteoclasts remove decayed or damage bone through resorption which transforms bone back into minerals. Both osteoblasts and osteoclasts must function as nature intended in order to build healthy bones.
Fosomax inhibits osteoclasts intentionally, which results in better bone density at first. But after that first year or so, osteoclast inhibition leads to stronger bone forming over weaker bones not removed through resorption. The result has been that many Fosomax users report their bones snapping on their own without impact or trauma, even at a time when they are not bearing weight. Many have reported snapping of the large thigh bone from which few are ever able to recover.
Couple the outcome of Fosamax use with the many problems including premature death caused by expensive cardiovascular drugs and a picture begins to emerge. When these types of drugs hit the market they make so much money for their pharmaceutical companies that even several successful lawsuits result in only minor damage to their bottom lines when their horrible effects become known. As a result, big pharma gets away with selling even more expensive pharmaceuticals which have to be bought to treat the side effects from Fosomax and the cardio drugs. Of course those drugs produce side effects too that have to be treated with even more drugs. What a lucrative snowball!
Not Enough Calcium Getting to the Bones; Too Much Getting Into the Arteries
The fact is that there has been too much calcium in our diets. Calcium is often added to foods unnecessarily, and taking massive amounts of it in supplement form has been mercilessly hyped to women. Now there is talk of adding it into our water supply! There is very little calcium deficiency in the western diet. The problem is with how calcium is absorbed and used for bone density without remaining in the blood. If it remains in the bloodstream instead of moving to cells, calcium plaques form on the blood vessel inner walls and cause atherosclerosis or clogging of the arteries worse than the demonized cholesterol could ever do.
Magnesium is Vital for Proper Calcium Absorption
Supplementing with Magnesium is vital for proper calcium absorption. Without adequte magnesium, calcium absorption for better bone density is impaired. That forces the excess calcium from diet and supplements to flood our arteries and eventually clog them with calcium plaque.
Because most of our topsoil is and has been lacking in magnesium, a vital mineral, it’s wise for most of us to supplement magnesium instead of calcium.
Magnesium is involved in over 300 metabolic functions and is an essential part of chlorophyll. This makes greens grown in good topsoil or molasses, which has roots going deeper than topsoil, prime food sources of magnesium.
Using a superfood supplement such as Absolute Greens is also a good idea. Superfood supplements go a long way to compensate for a lack of magnesium in our diets.
Vitamin K2 for Proper Calcium Absorption
Vitamin K2 has recently been thrust into the super nutrient limelight. What’s the buzz all about? Vitamin K2 is an important nutrient that offers significant health benefits. Odds are that you are Vitamin K deficient.
The fact is that a majority of ‘healthy’ people living in the United States and the United Kingdom are Vitamin K deficient. Yet Vitamin K is essential to health. It’s a powerhouse nutrient that can prevent many serious and debilitating illnesses like heart disease and osteoporosis.
What About Vitamin K?
Vitamin K is generally classified as a fat soluble vitamin. This means that in order to absorb Vitamin K it’s necessary to consume some dietary fat with your chosen source of Vitamin K. There are three kinds of Vitamin K: Vitamin K1, Vitamin K2, and Vitamin K3.
K1 is the one most of us are familiar with. You need it for blood to coagulate properly from open wounds and internal hemorrhaging. K1 is easy to supplement, but not many people need more K1. Vitamin K3 is used in emergency situations and has toxic side effects. Not a good thing to supplement ordinarily.
But K2 is the most important and complex with its variety of different forms. Of the various forms of K2, K2 (MK-7) is the most important for proper calcium absorption. It functions to take calcium out of the blood stream, where it shouldn’t be, and put it into bones, where it’s needed.
Most westerners are not taking in enough K2 (MK-7) because we don’t eat a lot of nato or miso, two fermented soy dishes eaten traditionally in the East. We do take in a lot of K2 (MK-4) instead, and that doesn’t do the job that MK-7 does. Nato is an acquired taste, to put it mildly. But organic sauerkraut freshly made is a good food source of K2 (MK-7) for westerners, as well as organic fermented dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream, kefir, and koumis. Fermented cheeses have little holes and caverns within, not to be confused with the large holes of Swiss cheese however!
Green leafy vegetables are also a good source of Vitamin K2 (MK-7), as well as magnesium. But one can also pump up veggie intake for that MK7 with super food a superfood powder. And there are capsule or tablet forms of K2 (MK-7) available that are made from nato.
Magnesium and Vitamin K2 (MK-7) handles both osteoporosis and cardiovascular problems that occur from improper calcium absorption, which is much more common than calcium deficiency. Without minerals such as magnesium, vitamins don’t function well. So one needs both supplemented for starters, at least until the proper foods are used regularly.