Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I bet you did not know this!

A number of recent studies have shown that the development of osteoporosis, may be the result of taking in too much protein, rather than not getting sufficient calcium in the diet.

The explanation is as follows:

Consuming excessive amounts of protein causes the body to convert protein building blocks
(amino acids) into organic acids, and as a result, the kidneys start to remove calcium from bones and excrete it through the urine.

This could lead to osteoperosis, a disease in which the bones become extremely porous and are subject to fracture and slow healing.

Osteoperosis tends to more prevalant in women following menopause and often results in irregular spinal curvatures as result of vertebral collapse.

This is not to say that protein should be avoided or excluded from the diet, but rather, a moderate consumption (everything in moderation!), is the key for achieving optimal bone health and nutritional balance.

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