Study Finds Probiotic May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

We often think of our bones as nearly indestructible solid masses that will endure throughout our lifetime. Bones are actually in a constant state of flux, being broken down and rebuilt with an interlocking structure. We need to give our bones a steady supply of nutrients they need to ensure that this breakdown and rebuilding process continues in a healthy manner. If there are insufficient nutrients for rebuilding, our bones can become depleted over time.

If bone depletion consistently happens and becomes serious enough, osteoporosis may be the result. Osteoporosis is a serious disease in which the bones become thinner until they become vulnerable to breaks and fractures. Few people realize how serious osteoporosis is, but hip fractures or back breaks can, and often are, fatal, so it’s important to take bone health seriously. Sadly, 24 to 30 percent of people who suffer hip fractures as a result of osteoporosis die from the injury within one year.

We often think of calcium when we think of bone health, and indeed bones need plentiful amounts of calcium to ensure they are steadily being rebuilt. But, calcium is not the only nutrient needed for bone health. Other nutrients like magnesium, boron and dozens of others are all required in sufficient quantities to maintain health bones.

New research shows that we also need sufficient amounts of particular probiotics. In a study published in the medical journal, Immunity, researchers found that Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG may help to prevent bone loss and the fractures or breaks associated with the degradation of bone. According to the study, L. rhamnosus GG appears to work by stimulating the production of a compound in the body linked with bone growth.

L. rhamnosus may sound more like an Egyptian god but it warrants an elevated status among bacterial colonies. This member of the Lactobacilli family manufactures enzymes, which are specialized types of proteins. In this case, the enzymes are highly anti-inflammatory causing L. rhamnosus to hold great promise in the treatment of inflammatory conditions.

It also enhances our natural immunity to disease and is a particularly good warrior against resistant infections like E. coli and C. difficile.  It may also support immune health in infants with allergies.

Probiotics have been found to be beneficial for many health issues and this new research shows that L. rhamnosus GG adds osteoporosis to the growing number of health issues that may be treated or prevented with probiotics. Supplementation with L. rhamnosus GG may present a low-cost, highly effective, and side-effect-free treatment option for people suffering from osteoporosis.

But, before you reach for yogurt to supply you with this beneficial bacterial strain, you’ll want to rethink that option. That’s because yogurt does not contain L. rhamnosus GG. In fact, there is a wide variation of probiotic strains in different fermented foods, so it is best to supplement with this particular strain if you’re interested in its bone-building benefits. Of course, enjoy fermented foods since they offer a plethora of health benefits, but if you want to make sure you’re getting L. rhamnosus GG, you’ll still want to supplement with this bacterial strain.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, co-founder of BestPlaceinCanada, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Cancer-Proof: All Natural Solutions for Cancer Prevention and HealingFollow her work.

 

37 comments

Peggy B
Peggy B6 months ago

TYFS

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Mely L
Mely Lu6 months ago

thanks

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Carol S
Carol S6 months ago

Oh another probiotic ad

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Paula A
Past Member 6 months ago

Thanks for posting

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Mia B
Past Member 6 months ago

thank you

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HEIKKI R
HEIKKI R6 months ago

thank you

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Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill6 months ago

I take it everyday!

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Renata B
Renata B6 months ago

Osteoporosis is strongly connected with the use of dairy. That has been known for decades (as well as hot flashes).

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Mike R
Mike R6 months ago

Thanks

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Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace6 months ago

Thank you.

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