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Book Recommendation: The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach

March 20, 2012

The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bone: A Holistic Approach , by Annemarie Colbin, PhD, was recently lent to me by a friend and though I am only half way through the book it is a must read if you are a woman concerned about bone health, a health professional, or interested in optimal health via holistic methods.  The book is divided into three parts:  Understanding Your Bones, Caring For Your Bones and Recipes.  A vast amount of scientific research and explanations of how the human bone system works is presented in a clear and easy to understand way.

As soon as I entered into the second section of the book, I read a list that made eating for healthy bones so simple that I had to share it here.

Let me make very clear what the best foods are for the bones – in this order:

  1. Vegetables, especially leafy greens, and also roots and stalks (for the iron and calcium, and for vitamins K and C, which together with protein help deposit the collagen matrix)
  2. Protein, such as animal foods, beans, and soy foods (for the collagen matrix)
  3. Stock (for the minerals)
  4. Whole grains (for the magnesium)
  5. Foods rich in trace minerals, such as seaweeds, nuts and seeds
  6. Edible bones (for the calcium and other minerals
  7. Healthy fats (for the fat-soluble vitamins needed for the bones, such as vitamin K and D)

The book is worth borrowing from a friend, the library, and even purchasing for your collection of recipes!

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