What nutrients are needed to break down old, damaged bone and build new, healthy bone?

Anita Morgan says what nutrients are needed
to break down old damaged bone and build new bone? So you are breaking down bone all the time
throughout every second of your life. We are always breaking down bone, we are always
building up new bone, and if you had any kind of defect in the ability to break down old
bone then you would have problems manifesting elsewhere because bone breakdown is necessary
to maintain your serum calcium levels you would probably be having severe hypocalcemic
attacks if you were not breaking down your old bone and you probably also would have
exercise intolerance and/or poor exercise performance as a result of the undercarboxylated
osteocalcin released from bone, which acts as a hormone to improve energy utilization
during exercise. And if you don’t have those problems you probably
have the capacity to break down bone and in fact, unless you’re taking a bone resorption
inhibitor, in which case the way to break down an old bone would be to get off the bone
resorption inhibitor. In fact the overwhelming problem in the general
population is that people are breaking down too much bone and not building it back up
enough. So if you just look at the course of someone’s
life over time when we are young we are building more bone than we’re breaking down and that,
somewhere around 25 years old or so, give or take a few years, and it depends on male
and female, we reach peak bone mass and then we spend the entire rest of our lives declining
in bone mass. Why are we declining? Because we’re breaking down bone faster than
we’re building it up. So almost everyone has the capacity to break
down bone and just is really missing out on the building new bone elements. To some degree when you’re building bone you
need everything. And so eating a nutrient-dense diet across
the board is important, but things that are extremely important that kind of stand out
from building other tissues when you’re building bone is collagen. So about half your bone is protein, about
95 percent of the protein in your bone is collagen. The limiting factor for collagen synthesis
is glycine. Collagen peptides provide glycine and they
also are better at stimulating collagen synthesis than just powdered glycine. So collagen peptides, bone broth, edible bones
from canned fish or from the ends of small chicken bones, would all probably be helpful. And then clearly calcium and phosphorus are
the overwhelming minerals in bones. So you need enough calcium and you need enough
phosphorus, between the two of those in the population most people do not get enough calcium
and get too much phosphorus. People get phosphorus from processed foods
and from soda, and in addition to the natural phosphorus in meat and other foods. If you are not eating junk food you probably
don’t get too much phosphorus, but you still probably get enough. If you’re not eating junk food, and you’re
not eating dairy, and you’re not eating bones, you probably do not get enough calcium and
in particular many people in the natural health community have read a lot of anti-calcium
supplementation stuff. I want to emphasize over and over again that
it’s better to get calcium from food than to get calcium from supplements, but it’s
better to get calcium from supplements and then not get calcium. And so if you’re not eating bones and you’re
not eating, and you’re not eating green vegetables to some extent, but mainly bones and dairy
products then you need to supplement with calcium or find some other way to get the
1,000 to 1500 milligrams of calcium in. And then beyond that there’s a lot of trace
minerals in bone. Magnesium is certainly important for bone-building. There’s not a lot of magnesium in bone but,
magnesium and copper and vitamin C just to support the proper production of collagen,
manganese, I mean you start getting to every nutrient directly or indirectly place some
importance in the bone. And so if you’ve addressed the things that
I just said then you really want to look very personally and individually at what is your
weakest link because after those main factors it could be almost anything.

Joseph Wolf


  1. Great info thank you. My guess is that the vast majority of women of all ages do not get anywhere near the RDI of calcium.

  2. Does that suggest that increased bone resorption as we age is a result of nutritional deficiencies? I would think not, because that can't imply that all young people have net less absorption because they're eating a healthier diet than post 25-year-olds. It must be part of the broader genetic aging picture. (I'm not disagreeing with what you said, Chris [because you didn't comment on why resorption increases as we age], just springboarding off your thoughts)

  3. I supplement with a whole bone, grass fed, pastured supplement because I have osteopenia and don’t get enough calcium from diet. The studies I’ve read are favorable of this form. They actually stated bone gains over time.

  4. The mechanism of osteoporosis medications is to increase bone density by keeping old bone! I have had multiple older female friends and family that have had to get cadaver bone jawbone implants, because they basically were left with DEAD jawbones! My dentist won’t treat people on those medications for that very reason! Not all calcium is bioavailable! Get it from food sources and make sure you have all the fat soluble vitamins in order to utilize it!

  5. Where can your followers and fans submit questions for these videos? Thanks for another very useful and educational video

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  7. This is not all correct; because the biggest issue is calcium fixation and the right place and not calcium consume; this depends of your kidney health and parathyroid hormone; both factors activate vitamin D and help though build new bones.

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