8 nutrients to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and joint pain naturally

Keep your bones strong and healthy with FemmeCalm!

As women mature, the potential for weak bones and joint problems can increase. Osteoporosis, caused by the thinning and weakening of bones, is a significant health concern for aging women, but one that is preventable by maintaining bone mineral density. Joint pain with age is typically the result of conditions such osteoarthritis (OA), where the material that cushions the joints, cartilage, breaks down.

There are many factors that can lead to weak bones and joint problems. Some common factors include:

  • Changes in estrogen levels
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices
  • Low-grade inflammation

FemmeCalm’s Osteo Formula contains an effective combination of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are known to promote healthy bones and joints.

Reduce the risk of osteoporosis and joint pain naturally

All FemmeCalm products are formulated based on scientific research and contain standardized extracts of key botanicals known to support women’s specific health issues. Rather than just treat the symptoms of bone and joint problems, Osteo Formula provides nutritional support to help prevent them from weakening by targeting key metabolic processes.

Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Trace Minerals

Calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and other trace minerals work synergistically to fortify bone mineral density. [1] These nutrients are vital to women, particularly over the age of 50, who want to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that women over 50 years of age consume 1000-1200 mg of calcium daily, including both diet and supplementation, along with at least 400-800 IU of vitamin D to support bone health. [2] The full daily dose of FemmeCalm’s Osteo Formula provides 50% of this recommended calcium intake and 400 IU of Vitamin D, helping women get closer to their calcium and Vitamin D goals.
Magnesium is a necessary structural component of bone, but it also influences the metabolism of calcium and vitamin D. When magnesium is deficient, this can cause vitamin D and hormones that help keep calcium in the bones to be less effective. [3] In fact, low magnesium intake has been correlated with rapid bone loss and lower bone mineral density. [4] A large observational study, known as the Women’s Health Initiative, looked at over 73,000 women and found that those who consumed more than 420 mg of magnesium daily had 2% greater bone mineral density throughout the body than those who consumed less than 207 mg daily. [4]

Turmeric and Boswellia

Turmeric and boswellia have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It was once thought that oxidative stress played no role in the onset of OA or loss of bone mineral density. However, more recent research shows that low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in the onset of osteoporosis [1][3] and joint pain.[5]

Curcumin, from turmeric, and boswellia have been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Recent clinical studies show that high doses of these herbs can significantly reduce OA symptoms. [6] In the lower doses in this formula, these herbs play a secondary supportive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory role.

Quercetin and Broccoli Extract

Both quercetin and broccoli extract are antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative stress, which can damage tissues in the body. Broccoli extract is rich in the antioxidant compound, sulphoraphane, which has recently been shown in animal studies to inhibit the enzymes that contribute to the cartilage breakdown that occurs in OA.[7] Quercetin has recently been suggested to help preserve bone mineral density through its antioxidant capacity. [1]

Because high single doses of vitamins and minerals can exceed the body’s metabolic capacity, Osteo Formula is most effective when taken as three low doses per day to ensure optimal absorption and bioavailability in the body. Each capsule is vegetarian, gluten-free and contains bioactive nutrients to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and reduce joint pain

[1] Nieves JW. (2013). Skeletal effects of nutrients and nutraceuticals, beyond calcium and vitamin D. Osteoporosis International, 24(3):771-86.
[2] Institute of Medicine (IOM). Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington: National Academy of Sciences; 2010 Nov.
[3] Castiglioni et al. (2013).Magnesium and osteoporosis: current state of knowledge and future research directions. Nutrients, 31;5(8):3022-33.
[4] Orchard TS. (2014). Magnesium intake, bone mineral density, and fractures: results from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 99(4):926-33.
[5] Sokolove & Lepus. (2013). Role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis: latest findings and interpretations. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Diseases, 5(2):77-94.
[6] Kizhakkedath R. (2013). Clinical evaluation of a formulation containing Curcuma longa and Boswellia serrata extracts in the management of knee osteoarthritis. Molecular Medicine Reports, 8(5):1542-8.
[7] Davidson RK, et al. (2013). Sulforaphane represses matrix-degrading proteases and protects cartilage from destruction in vitro and in vivo. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 65(12):3130-40.