Osteoporosis: Probiotics Protect Your Bones

d Osteoporosis For the first time in the world, researchers has demonstrated that probiotics can be used to affect the human skeleton. Osteoporosis predominantly affects older adults, but bone loss can start in adults as early as 40 years old. Scientists have recently found that probiotics might be a safe and effective when it comes…

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For the first time in the world, researchers has demonstrated that probiotics can be used to affect the human skeleton. Osteoporosis predominantly affects older adults, but bone loss can start in adults as early as 40 years old. Scientists have recently found that probiotics might be a safe and effective when it comes to fighting bone loss.

Our bones do not just grow once in our life and stay the same forever. They are ever changing. Our bones are made of living tissue that is constantly broken down and is then remodeled into new bone. This process is more efficient when we are young. By around age 30,  our bodies stops increasing bone mass. When we get to our 40’s and 50’s, our bones start breaking down faster. They than replaced way slower than we require. Over time, the bones become weaker which results in osteoporosis. Bones tend to gradually become thinner over time, which can lead to fractures, even from a simple fall.

In our  days, there are effective medications administered to treat osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can not be detect early in most cases. Doctors tend to diagnose patients once they have been admitted to hospital due to a fracture cause by a fall. By the time bone fragility is detected its a little too late.

Probiotics

There is a pressing need for preventive treatments of osteoporosis. This is the first time that researchers have found that it is possible to cut age-related bone loss. This can happen if we take health-promoting bacteria, known as probiotics. Until now probiotics was not used for this reason.

Probiotics has been know to stimulate the growth of gut bacteria that produce a particular metabolite called butyrate. Butyrate, in turn, assists T cells in bone marrow. Thesse T cells then produce a protein called Wnt10b, which is vital for bone growth.

Weight-bearing exercise and healthy living habits (proper diet, no smoking, limited alcohol) can help with improving bone health. But, you must have a healthy gastrointestinal tract in order to have strong, flexible bones.

Healthy gut bacteria can positively influence the health of your bones by: 

  • Improving absorption of nutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates in many ways. One of which is to keep the intestinal barrier intact and the small intestinal villi healthy. The insides of bones are made up of a protein matrix. Proper protein digestion and absorption allows sufficient protein access for bones.
  • Improving vitamin D absorption from the GI tract. It also improves the health of the liver and kidneys for vitamin conversion to its active form. Vitamin D is important in bone health.
  • Improving production of vitamin K2 by gut bacteria. K2 helps to keep calcium in the bones and teeth and out of the arteries.
  • Improving production and/or absorption of B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin A, all of which are important for bone health.
  • Producing short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) which help with the absorption of minerals. Many probiotic bacteria produce SCFA’s or influence bacteria that do. Minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, boron and many others either form the hard outer surface of bones and teeth.
  • Decreasing inflammation in the body and the production of inflammatory chemicals. Inflammatory chemicals cause bone breakdown.
  • Converting a portion of inactive thyroid hormones into the active form.

We see that probiotics are so much more than just gut health. There have been many studies supporting the use of probiotics for protecting bone health and preventing osteoporosis. Feel free to contact us.

 

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