Ladies, you likely didn’t think much about your bones for your first six decades of life. Well, except maybe for the time you slipped on the ice and broke one.
But that can all change in a moment. With a single scan followed by an ominous warning from your doctor.
That’s when you find out your once-strong bone is getting thinner, weaker, and more brittle with each passing day. And osteoporosis is a real threat if things get any worse.
I’ll tell you my own favorite “4-pack” tip for keeping your bone strong in a moment.
But first, let’s take a look at a new breakthrough that could help turn things around. Because scientists have discovered an inexpensive, easy-to-find herb may help your body protect and restore that weakening bone.
In fact, the new study finds ginseng may even have the potential to help stop osteoporosis BEFORE it starts.
The right time to act against bone loss
When it comes to bone health, osteoporosis gets all the attention. It’s what Big Pharma’s drugs target.
And that includes medications that come with far more risks than most docs will let on. I recently warned Healthier Talk readers about this very issue in my report Beware of bone drugs that could CAUSE breaks.
But before osteoporosis starts and you’re even considered a candidate for those meds (which there are good reasons to avoid), there’s an early warning sign you shouldn’t ignore.
It’s called osteopenia. And unfortunately, many women don’t get tested until there’s a problem such as a bone break. And as a result, this red flag gets missed.
That means that by the time most docs spot bone loss, you may already be battling full-blown osteoporosis.
But if your doc is on top of things—or (more likely) you push for testing—you’ll have a better shot at spotting the condition when there’s still time to do something about it.
And new research reveals ginseng may turn out to be an excellent starting point.
This ancient natural herb is best known for its ability to restore energy and enhance immunity. But there’s new evidence that ginseng (from the Chinese “ren-shen,” which roughly translates to “man root”) may also help strengthen bone.
Support your skeleton with ginseng
In the new study, researchers put two different ginseng doses to the test against a placebo in older women with osteopenia.
The higher dose turned out to be a real winner. When volunteers took 3 grams of ginseng per day… half in the morning and a half in the evening… a couple of exciting changes kicked in.
The ladies had several key shifts on their blood tests. And that included significantly higher levels of calcium and osteocalcin. Both of which are needed to restore bone.
When calcium and osteocalcin levels jump in the blood, it’s typically a sign they’re getting more active. And that, in turn, could lead to stronger bone.
But more research will be needed. The study only lasted 12 weeks. Not long enough to see the bone-strengthening changes that experts believe will likely follow.
So until a long-term study is completed, we can’t say for sure that ginseng will beef up your bones.
But where there’s smoke, there’s typically fire. So although I wouldn’t advise that you rely on ginseng alone to protect your bone, it’s an excellent tool to have in your bone-supporting box of tricks.
Just make sure you’re also getting the other 4-pack of bone basics:
- vitamin D
- vitamin K2
But if you’re on blood thinners, be sure to have a chat with your doc before taking K2. The two often shouldn’t be combined.
For more tips on spotting bone loss early, check out my earlier report, 4 surprising signs of hidden bone loss.