The Living World of Bone: How Bones are Formed
It’s common to think of bones as solid, hard and unchanging. In reality, all 206 of your bones are busy regenerating themselves each and every minute in a magnificent process called “bone remodeling.” Your bones have an intricate, living architecture and require proper care throughout your entire lifetime in order to maintain their fluidity, function, and your health.
The Living Composition of Bone
At the most minute level, our bones are made up of cells, like every other part of our bodies, nestled in a sea, or matrix, of integral organic matter and minerals. The minerals—calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, among others—give your bones their requisite hardness and rigidity. The organic substances, largely Type I collagen protein and glycosaminoglycans, afford your bones their needed fluidity and suppleness. Calcified bone contains about 25% organic matter (2-5% of which are cells), 5% water and 70% minerals.
How is Bone Formed?
During bone remodeling, two cellular specialists called osteoblasts and osteoclasts work together in harmony to create this perfectly balanced foundation of proteins, minerals, and cells we call bone.
Osteoclasts are designed by nature to break down old bone matrix. They ensure that old bone is “retired” and moved away at the end of its lifecycle, literally making room for new growth. And sure enough, as old bone is resorbed, our other bone cell specialists called osteoblasts move right in to fill the gaps and build up fresh, new layers of healthy bone.
Bone Growth Gone Wrong
In normal, healthy bones, bone resorption and deposition are balanced. This ensures that we don’t lose bone material faster than we can replace it and that we don’t generate new bone more quickly than we can shed old bone. If the former occurs, bones become less dense and can lead to the condition known as osteoporosis. If the latter happens, old bone is trapped underneath and can’t be resorbed. This is like building a new house over rickety, decaying timbers. In the case of bones, this makes them rigid and brittle, vulnerable to fracture.
Support Your Bone Architecture from the Ground Up
Our living bones will naturally regenerate themselves in correct formation if they receive the proper nutrition and exercise throughout our lifetime. Fortunately, we can assist this process by providing our bodies with an ample, wholesome supply of the key nutrients that our bone cells need to excel at their respective jobs, which is the role of an effective and well-designed, daily bone supplement formula.
Copyright © 2011 The Synergy Company Author: The Synergy Company™ Author: Dr.Chanté Wiegand, ND
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