Did You Know?
- Nearly 1.5 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis
- One in four women and at least one in eight men over the age of 50 have this debilitating bone disease
- Young white and Asian women are most at risk for osteoporosis in later years
Calcium Alone Is Not Enough
Calcium, the most abundant mineral in your body, is critical for building and maintaining healthy teeth and bones. As a rule, regular exercise and a calcium-rich diet will help slow the loss of bone mass. But North America has one of the highest rates of dairy consumption and calcium intake, yet also has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis. Think of calcium as the bricks to building strong and healthy bones. Bricks can only be strong and stable when combined with mortar. In the case of calcium, the mortar consists of vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese. With these nutrients, calcium has the support it needs to build bone density when you’re young and minimize bone loss as you age.