If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, then you've probably been prescribed medications to help strengthen your bones and prevent fractures. While these medications are quite effective, they do not completely correct your condition. There's still room for improvement, and you can improve your bone health even further by making sure you eat a nutritious diet. Obviously you need to get plenty of calcium -- the nutrient that's so well known for its role in bone health. Here are four other nutrients to focus on, too.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb and utilize the calcium you are eating. Your body makes vitamin D when you spend time out in the sun, but most people don't get quite enough in this manner since they wear sunscreen and spend a lot of time indoors. To boost your vitamin D intake, make sure you drink plenty of vitamin D-fortified milk and orange juice. Beef liver and egg yolks are also good sources of vitamin D.
Magnesium is another mineral that helps build and maintain healthy bones. Sadly, a lot of people do not get enough magnesium in their diets since the soil is deficient and therefore the plants that grow in it are also deficient. You can get more magnesium by focusing on eating more fish, whole grains, avocado, yogurt, and bananas. If you take a multivitamin, make sure you opt for one that contains magnesium; not all of them do.
Phosphorus and calcium go hand-in-hand when it comes to bone health. A lot of people get enough phosphorus in their diets, but it's worthwhile to think about what you've been eating to ensure you're getting enough. To make things easy, phosphorus is found in a lot of the same foods as magnesium: whole grains, milk products, and fresh produce.
Vitamin K is best known for its role in blood clotting, but it also plays a role in the production of several hormones that help regulate the calcium balance in the bones. If you get more vitamin K in your diet, the rate at which your bones weaken may decrease. Good sources of vitamin K include leafy greens -- especially spinach and kale -- liver, eggs, and fish.
To learn more about the best ways to keep your bones healthy, even with osteoporosis, talk to your doctor or a company like Radius. They may be able to recommend some supplements to boost your nutrient intake even further.