Bone Function

The Multiple Functions of Bone

 

Your foundation of health

Most of us know that our skeletons give form to our bodies and allow for mobility. But it may come as a surprise to know just how much more our bones do for our total health. When we nourish our bones, we not only keep them strong enough to support our weight and movement, we’re also making one of the best guarantees we can for a lifetime of good health.

Function #1: Mobility, Structure and Protection

Our 206 bones along with tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle allow us to move as well as give us strength and shape. Like a house, we need our support “beams” to hold us upright and literally provide our body with a solid foundation. In addition, bones function to protect our delicate inner organs such as the brain, liver and heart from injury.

Function #2: Blood Cell Creation

Each second, the inner, flexible part of the bones called the bone marrow generates more than two million red blood cells that deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout the body and remove waste. Bone marrow also makes our white blood cells, an integral part of our body’s immune system, and platelets that are involved in our natural blood clotting cascade.

Function #3: Mineral “Conductor” and pH Balancer

Did you know that bones not only use calcium and other minerals such as magnesium for themselves but that they also store minerals needed for the operation of the rest of your body?

Think of your body with its organs, tissues and cells as a symphony—one your bones are conducting. That’s because your bones are making sure the body has what it need to perform. Your bones are absorbing minerals from the food you eat, storing them, and releasing them when other organs call out. We need minerals for everything: to keep our heart beating, our brain thinking, and our nervous system responding.

Not only that, but your bones are in charge of monitoring the overall environment of the body known as the pH balance. When that environment becomes too acidic, a destructive state that attacks our tissues, the bones send out minerals to alkalinize the body and bring it back to balance.

Function #4: Insulin sensitivity, Weight Control, Cardiovascular Health

Until recently, it was thought that the bones served the three basic functions above. Newer research now reveals conclusive links between bone health and system-wide health. Bones produce a hormone-signaling protein called osteocalcin which stimulates pancreatic insulin secretion and improves insulin sensitivity throughout the body, thereby helping to regulate blood sugar levels, an important factor in the control of diabetes. Osteocalcin also reduces fat deposition and is linked to another hormone called leptin, the “hunger hormone,” which has a key role in regulating appetite, metabolism, and weight management.

And lastly, the link between weak bone health and cardiovascular health is becoming increasingly evident. As calcium leaves the bones in the process of osteoporosis, it can build up instead in the bloodstream, thereby increasing the probability of dangerous calcified plaque deposits (atherosclerosis) that can rupture or cause blockages, possibly leading to heart attacks and stroke. But rest assured—research shows that taking calcium in whole food form along with its essential co-factors is what you need to build new bone, prevent this process of bone breakdown/calcification, and is not harmful for your body (which is why we created a safe bone health supplement with plant-based calcium).

Bone Health=Total Body Health

So, although most of us think of our skeleton as merely our structural foundation, our bones also function as the deeper, broader groundwork for the health of our entire bodies. The health of your body is riding on the health of your bones—so don’t neglect your precious commodities.

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