Because menopause causes a reduction in estrogen, many women can find themselves developing osteoporosis around this time. This is because estrogen plays a vital role in protecting the bones from damage. While drugs and surgery can treat this bone disease, neither option should be undertaken without appropriate consideration as they serious health risks.
Instead, experts believe that making simple changes to your lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and engaging in regular exercise, is a more effective way of treating osteoporosis. In addition to promoting healthier living, certain herbal remedies can also help develop bone strength.
Herbs and Plants for Osteoporosis
There are two types of herbs available for treating osteoporosis: phytoestrogenic and hormone-regulating supplements. The former, (which includes herbs such as black cohosh and dong quai), contains estrogenic components. Although they are an effective treatment for low hormone levels, they aren't perfect because they can pose certain health risks when used for an extended period of time. This is because when external hormones are introduced, the body can react by further scaling down its own hormone production.
In contrast, hormone-regulating supplements nourish the endocrine system and inspire the body to produce more of its own naturally occurring hormones.
Here is a list of the best herbs for osteoporosis:
- Alfalfa contains vitamin K, a nutrient which can prevent the bone loss caused by estrogen deficiency. This vitamin is also found in vegetables like kale and spinach.
- Horsetail, this herb contains silicon, which makes it ideal for protecting bones from calcium loss. Horsetail was reportedly first used by the ancient Greeks as a wound healer. It is best taken as a tea.
- Parsley. With a longstanding reputation as an effective treatment for arthritis and bone health, this herb - which is high in boron and fluoride levels -helps prevent bone thinning and osteoporosis.
- Black cohosh. Studies have found that the estrogen based plant helps inhibit bone loss. The herb was reportedly first used centuries ago by native American's as a natural remedy for stomach cramps. It has also become very popular in European countries over the intermittent years.
- Dong quai. Native to China, Japan, and Korea this root is often boiled or soaked in wine before being taken orally. It is believed to have a balancing effect on the female hormonal system; however some studies question its effectiveness.
- Wild yam. Known for easing menstrual cramps throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, this wild plant is touted as a natural source of estrogen. Scientific research has yet to prove its effectiveness.
- Red clover. Rich in isoflavones, this herb helps to replace lost estrogen in the female body. Consequently it is known to be capable of relieving many menopause symptoms.
- Pigweed. This plant is an easily digestible source of calcium. Its high calcium content helps strengthen bones and reduce the chances of developing osteoporosis.
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