Bone Support Protocol
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Our bones work hard for us every day, providing skeletal structure, anchoring our muscles and protecting our organs. They’re also remarkably regenerative, continuing to break down old and generate new bone throughout our lives.
As we age however, the rate at which new bone replaces old bone slows down (peak mass occurs around ages 30-35). Factors that affect bone health include diet, physical activity levels, stress and long-term use of medications with side effects that compromise bone health.
The good news is, there are things patients (on both sides of peak bone mass) can do to support healthy bone structure, strength and flexibility, but it involves more than just taking calcium or vitamin D. Research shows that optimal bone support includes another special family of nutrients: the vitamin K’s.
It’s easy to understand why confusion persists about the relative importance of different homologs of vitamin K. Vitamin K1, and the two forms of vitamin K2 (MK-4, and MK-7) have different intestinal absorption rates and blood half-lives in humans – they also have different and distinct bioactivities.
Bone health expert John Neustadt, N.D. writes and lectures frequently on bone support and what you should know about important bone nutrients like the vitamin K family. You’ll find his Bone Support Protocol in the Wellevate Expert Protocol Library, which includes his extensive special report on bone support research.
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John Neustadt, ND earned his naturopathic medical degree from Bastyr University and was the first naturopathic doctor ever voted Best Doctor among all physicians in his area. Dr. Neustadt has published more than 100 research reviews and was recognized by Elsevier as a Top Ten Cited Author for his work. He has written four books including the textbook, Foundations and Applications of Medical Biochemistry in Clinical Practice, and was editor of the textbook, Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine, and continues to write and lecture for the integrative community. Dr. Neustadt is also founder and President of NBI.