Osteoporosis is the world’s most common chronic bone disease. Characterized by increased bone fragility, it is seen in all age groups, genders, and races. It is estimated that more than 200 million people globally suffer from this disorder.
While many people mistakenly believe that vitamin D and calcium are the only micronutrients needed for healthy bones, this overlooks the fact that the framework of the bone on which calcium and other minerals are deposited is made of a protein – collagen. Without healthy collagen, bone cannot form or function properly. Healthy bone formation therefore depends not only on having sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D, but more importantly on a proper supply of vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and other collagen-supporting micronutrients.
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