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Bone Health Supplements for Runners

Published : May 11, 2017 3 mins read Updated On : Jul 21, 2022

Many runners think arthritis is their inevitable destiny. Runners get twinges of pain in hips, knees and ankles that years of running can cause irreversible damage to the joints. Many runners forgo their ambitions of running a full marathon, while others stop running altogether to escape this possible fate of arthritis. Joints wear out, like other body parts. In runners, joint problems are most frequent cause for an injury. Arthritis is caused by the degeneration of articular cartilage, a tissue which covers the ends of bones in the joint.

This articular cartilage absorbs shock, distributes loads evenly to avoid a focus of peak stress, and glides smoothly against the opposing articular cartilage in a joint. The ability to run, free of arthritis, for years, even decades, depends on uncompromising function of this cartilage. Several studies show that runners even those who have ran competitively for a long duration do not have an increased prevalence for arthritis. The issue for many runners is the misdiagnosis of a reversible joint injury as arthritis. Any component, tendon, ligament and joint can cause pain and injury.

The most common cause of knee pain in runners is abnormal tracking of the kneecap and not arthritis. It was believed that inactivity or discontinuing running was the remedy for arthritis. But, recent studies and research says the exact opposite. Joints are strengthened and modified by exercise. It always depends on an individual how they take care of their bone health, with the correct nutrition, training regimes, strength conditioning and supplementation. Strong bones are crucial to good health. Good nutrition is crucial to strong bones. Nutrition strongly affects bone health.

Calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D are all essential minerals for developing and maintaining healthy bones. Calcium is one of the main bone forming minerals and 99% of the body’s calcium resides in the skeleton. Magnesium helps in activation of Vitamin D for calcium absorption. Magnesium also plays a vital role with calcium and helps in contraction and relaxation of muscles in short it helps in preventing cramps. Vitamin helps the body absorb calcium from food and supplements and helps maintain calcium homeostasis. Calcium and magnesium are components of strong bone.

These vitamins and minerals helps in development, maintenance and strengthgtning of the bones. They reduce the risk of fractures and injury, which is of utmost importance to a runner. They help in reducing the prevalence of arthritis by preventing bone loss and maintaining bone density. Calcium Magnesium and Vitamin D are best known to prevent cramps as they help in better contraction of muscles during any athletic activity.

Natural sources of Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D are abundantly and very easily available, but the absorption and the bio-availability varies for each source. We may use most of the sources in our daily diet but still most of the times due to the above mentioned reason we are still low on these and which plays a role in the athletic performance of an individual. Supplements are an easier way to get these vitamins and minerals into our body. Always remember to choose the correct supplement, and always refer a doctor or a registered dietitian / Nutritionist for your supplement usage, dosage etc.

Fast & Up has come up with a new product called Fortify. Maintaining bone health made easier. Fortify is a unique effervescent bone health formula with the perfect blend of vitamins and minerals which helps to maintain an optimal bone health. Fortify has elemental calcium which has 40% better absorption than most of the products available in the market.

It also has Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin K1 to help maintain proper bone structure and function.

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