Osteoporosis is the number one reason women end up in assisted living homes. Loss of bone results in loss of function which causes quality of life to drop off. Current treatments have received less than favorable research. However, natural therapies are effective, safe and with add-on benefits. Many chronic diseasesare associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis or osteopenia. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones.” Osteoporosis is characterized by the gradual loss of bone mass, causing the bones to become thinner, fragile and more likely to break. Osteopenia describes a lack of calcification in bones. It’s the term used to describe bones that are losing mineralization, but not as significantly as in osteoporosis. Bone consists of both non-living substances (minerals) and living tissue (blood vessels, nerves, collagen, and cells). Osteoclasts (bone dissolvers) are specialized cells that resorb (dissolve) old bone cells. Osteoblasts (bone builders) are specialized cells that lay

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