Magnesium May Help Prevent Hip Fractures

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The hips, they fracture. A lot of it has to do with the rigors of aging, but there are other factors.  Back in 2013, scientists in Norway decided to take a look at the relationship between magnesium and calcium in drinking water and the prevalence of hip fractures in the population of people who drank that water. Turns out, the more magnesium in the drinking water, the fewer fractured hips.

Although this probably doesn’t appear in its pamphlets for tourists, there are a lot of hip fractures in Norway, 9,000 per year one of the highest rates anywhere.  City-dwellers tend to break their perilous Norwegian hips more often than rural folk do, so scientists believed that this may have been due to the trace amounts of magnesium and calcium found in drinking water of rural areas. Turns out, they were wrong about almost everything. Their research could not explain why city folk fracture their hips more often than denizens of rural areas, and the amount of calcium didn’t seem affect anything hip-wise. (Some assume that because Norweigians eat a lot of dairy, they were already getting enough calcium). What they did discover was an inverse relation between hip fractures and the amount of magnesium in the water.

Researchers  followed over 700,000 men and women for a period of seven years and recorded around 19,000 hip fractures.  If the water was magnesium-rich in an area, the people drinking it were less to fracture their hips, regardless of where they lived. There isn’t a lot of magnesium in drinking water, but magnesium deficiency is quite widespread which may have also been a factor.

Here’s the data from the study abstract:

An inverse association was found between concentration of magnesium and risk of hip fracture in both genders (IRR men highest vs. lowest tertile = 0.80, 95% CI: 0.74, 0.87; IRR women highest vs. lowest tertile = 0.90, 95% CI: 0.85, 0.95), but no consistent association between calcium and hip fracture risk was observed. The highest tertile of urbanization degree (city), compared to the lowest (rural), was related to a 23 and 24% increase in hip fracture risk in men and women, respectively. The association between magnesium and hip fracture did not explain the variation in hip fracture risk between city and rural areas. Magnesium in drinking water may have a protective role against hip fractures; however this association should be further investigated.

Healthy hips need magnesium. The AIM Companies offers three types of topical magnesium (spray, lotion, bath crystals) through its essential Mag-nificence products. If you’re looking for a magnesium-rich drink with a pleasing taste, CalciAIM has 26% RDA of magnesium.

Painful Knee? Vitamin D!

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As we age, our joints can become creakier than a fleet of haunted pirate ships. They can also become subject to all sorts of unpleasant aches and pains. The knee is one of the body’s most useful joints,  often used to kick pesky soccer balls and to traverse winding staircases. So if you ever want to play soccer on the second floor of a building, you’re going to need your knees in tip-top shape. When the natural cushioning in the joints wears away, the bones will rub against each other. This uncomfortable condition that afflicts over 27 million people is known as osteoarthritis, and it may be somewhat preventable if a new USDA-sponsored study has anything to say about it.

The recent study looked at the lives of over 400 people with at least one osteoarthritic knee during a period of four years and found a link between vitamin D levels, the parathyroid hormone and osteoarthritis.  The volunteers with low levels of vitamin D had more than a 50% greater chance of their condition worsening when compared to those who had healthy levels of the vitamin.  Those who had low levels of both the parathyroid hormone and vitamin D were three times as likely to see deterioration in comparison to someone with healthy levels of both.

The daily recommended dosage of vitamin D is 600 IUs. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of Americans don’t get enough vitamin D. But do not worry. The AIM Companies offers vitamin D in two different forms. Veggie D provides 1,000 IU of vitamin D2 from shittake and button mushroom. Also, we also carry CalciAim which provides 70% of your RDA of Vitamin D.

Vitamin C from Fruits and Veggies May Prolong Life and Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Vitamin C is probably the most famous of the vitamins. It gets a lot of good press for its role in wound healing, bolstering the immune system and as a powerful antioxidant. Why is it the most popular vitamin? My guess is that when mankind entered its seafaring years, vitamin C was used to stave off scurvy. Sailors would be stuck at sea, subsisting mainly on salted meats and bread. Scurvy is pretty terrifying nutritional deficiency caused by a lack of vitamin C, so ships started carrying stores of fruits and/or vegetables. And although they didn’t know what vitamin C was until the 20th century,  many pre-historical cultures figured out that fruits and veggies were the key to ridding the scurvy scourge although they didn’t understand why the plants worked.  When they found out that it was vitamin C that was clearing up all that scurvy, the vitamin won the hearts and minds of people everywhere. This is why vitamin C is the golden boy of vitamins. Or at least, that’s my theory.

Today, people are still discovering the full value of vitamin C. This month, a study out of Denmark published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has linked vitamin C to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a reduced risk of an early death.  Researchers looked at the fruit-and-veggie-eating habits and DNA of over 100,000 Danish people and determined that those folks who ate the most fruits and vegetables reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by fifteen percent and and their risk of an early death by twenty percent. The researchers believe that these health benefits come from the fruit-and-vegetable-sourced vitamin C  concentrations they saw in the subjects’ blood.

Medical Xpress:

“We know that fruit and vegetables are healthy, but now our research is pinpointing more precisely why this is so. Eating a lot of fruit and vegetables is a natural way of increasing vitamin C blood levels, which in the long term may contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. You can get vitamin C supplements, but it is a good idea to get your vitamin C by eating a healthy diet, which will at the same time help you to develop a healthier lifestyle in the long term, for the general benefit of your health,” says Boerge Nordestgaard, a clinical professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and a consultant at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital.

BarleyLife Xtra provides 34% of your daily vitamin C from plant sources (mainly acerola cherries) in every delicious serving.  Receive all the whole-body benefits of your favorite green juice with the sweet taste of cherry! Plus, chicory and a host of other wonderful fruits and vegetables.