No Bones About It

Meet a Better Nutrition reader who uses natural products to keep her bones strong and healthy

Roz J.,
Los Angeles, Calif.
Age: 69
Health Issue: Osteoporosis

When Roz was diagnosed with osteoporosis several years ago, her doctor handed her a prescription for Boniva, a drug used to prevent and treat the bone disease. Roz researched the medication online and discovered its use was linked to cases of shattered jaws. She opted to try a natural route first instead of the prescription. A friend recommended Bone-Up from Jarrow Formulas. "I take two tablets twice a day," says Roz. With the help of Bone-Up and other natural supplements, Roz has been able to manage her osteoporosis and prevent further bone damage. Her doctor agreed: She no longer needs a drug like Boniva.

Favorite Foods: Roz also credits her healthy diet with helping to strengthen her bones and keep her feeling healthy and energized. Her typical day includes:


Breakfast: Oat bran pancakes made with canned pumpkin, turkey bacon, fresh fruit, and a cup of tea sweetened with stevia


Lunch: A bowl of grilled vegetables with mozzarella cheese melted over the top


Dinner: 4 oz of protein (such as tri-tip, turkey, or chicken), roasted root vegetables (a favorite), and some type of vegetable-based soup


Snack: Roasted seaweed "sheets"


Other favorite supplements:

  • Buried TreasureVM-100 Complete: "This is a tasty liquid multivitamin that keeps my immune system strong and energy level up," says Roz.
  • Magnesium citrate (health food store brand)
  • Vitamin D3 (health food store brand)
  • Probiotic formula (health food store brand)

Editors' Take

We love that Roz chose a well-rounded bone health formula like Bone-Up. This product contains key nutrients for building bone, namely vitamins K1 and K2, boron, zinc, manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, vitamin D3, vitamin C, and elemental calcium from microcrystalline hydroxyapatite, a highly absorbable form of the mineral. The one thing we might suggest Roz add to her routine? Strontium-an important mineral that helps increase bone growth and decrease the breakdown of bone.

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