The good news is that osteoporosis and osteopenia (minor loss of bone density) can be managed and even reversed.
The use of medication as a treatment for osteoporosis can be effective, but it is always better to pursue natural alternatives before medication becomes necessary.
Want to prevent osteoporosis? Treat your body as if you already have osteopenia and you should be able to stay ahead of the game.
Natural Osteoporosis Treatment
Here are a few ways you can improve bone density and stop osteoporosis in its tracks, naturally.
1. Eat More Fish
There are some theories that diets high in animal-based protein sources contribute to bone loss (5). Though this is still unproven, a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids – found naturally in fish – is well-known to promote bone health (6). Fish are also good sources of calcium and vitamin D.
Omega-3 fatty acids seem to improve calcium absorption, decreasing bone loss and possibly increasing bone mass. Try to incorporate fish protein into your diet 2-3 times per week, or take a fish oil supplement (7).
2. Try Seaweed
Seaweed, or kelp, is incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, most seaweed species contains as much as 10 times more calcium than milk (8 ).
In clinical studies, calcium supplementation from seaweed is more effective at improving bone density levels than a synthetic calcium/magnesium supplement (9).
You can incorporate seaweed into your diet by adding it to soups, stews, and broth or eating it with rice. There’s even a type of seaweed that tastes like bacon!
If the taste of seaweed isn’t to your liking, find a good seaweed supplement to add to your daily regimen (10).