Xylitol and Strong Healthy Bones

In this blog post we discuss how xylitol may have a role to play in helping the body absorb calcium for optimum bone health.

Remember when you were a child and your mother would tell you to make sure you drank your milk and ate the crusts on your bread because that would result in strong, healthy bones?

Well, now you’re an adult, what are you doing to make sure that your bone health remains as good as it was back then?

Bone health matters and cases of osteoporosis are on the rise. Healthy bones are determined by bone density. By the time we reach our 20’s most of us have reached optimal skeletal mass. However, by the time we reach our mid 30’s a decline in that bone mass starts to begin.

As you may have figured out, bones play a huge part in our body make up. They protect our organs, store calcium, anchor muscles and of course provide structure.

So no matter what age you are, it’s important to get a grip on maintaining good bone health.

What can affect bone health?

There are various factors that play a part in determining how healthy our bones are. Here are just some …

Calcium. Remember that point about milk earlier on? Well a diet low in calcium can contribute to diminished bone density and an increased risk of fractures. Foods high in calcium include spinach, cheese, nut milk, broccoli, brazil nuts, fish and fortified tofu. So start getting creative in the kitchen and adding more of these to your diet.

Exercise. Making sure you exercise plays a big part in how well your bones fare. Those who are inactive have a higher chance of osteoporosis. You don’t have to turn in to a gym bunny or start running marathons. Just 15-20 minutes of gentle exercise a day is all you need. Whether that’s walking, stretching or yoga, just make a commitment to become more active.

Booze and cigarettes. We don’t want to be the fun police but if you smoke then you could find yourself more at risk of weak bones. And like wise if you indulge in two or more alcoholic drinks per day. This is because alcohol can interfere in the bodies ability to absorb calcium.

Being a woman. This doesn’t mean that men are excluded from osteoporosis but women have less bone tissue than men so find themselves more at risk. So it’s important to make sure that you do your best now to protect your bones for the future.

Hormone levels. Having too much of the thyroid hormone can cause bone loss. This is especially prevalent when it comes to women reaching the menopause where they will lose around 10% of their bone mass due to estrogen levels dropping.

So how can we ensure strong, healthy bones?

There are many steps that you can take to prevent or slow down the rate of bone loss but here are two which you can start right now.

  1. Get more vitamin D. Spend sometime outdoors each day. Not only will the fresh air help you feel good but your body will get the vital vitamin D it needs to absorb calcium. You can also start to include eggs, fortified milk and oily fish such as tuna in to your diet.
  2. Get active. Walk, swim, do weights. Anything that gets your body moving and active is good for bone health.

Can Xylitol have an effect on bone health?

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol which can be found in most fruits, vegetables and plants. Studies have shown that xylitol can help increase bone density because xylitol helps the body absorb more calcium much in the same was a vitamin D does.

Xylitol and bone health, a Finnish study.

In Finland xylitol is well known for its positive effects on teeth and bones.  Xylitol products are given out by the state routinely to school children to prevent dental cavities and increase oral health. Studies there found that xylitol maintained bone density in rats that had their ovaries removed.  Without ovaries, oestrogen levels plummeted and so did the bone density in the rats that were not given xylitol. However in the rats where their ovaries were removed and they were given xylitol their bone density actually increased.  The scientists speculated that xylitol's bone density-enhancing properties are due to its ability to promote the body's absorption of calcium.

So by adding xylitol to your diet you can reap the benefits of stronger, healthier bones in a tasty way. Whilst xylitol contains no vitamins and minerals, it does contain carbohydrates, calories, and a variety of organic compounds that affect the body. It’s as sweet as sugar but doesn’t have the same negative effects because it’s not as easily broken down and processed in our bodies like regular sugars and carbohydrates.

Xylitol is categorised as a polyalcohol or sugar alcohol but is neither sugar nor alcohol, it’s just that it’s chemical structure resembles something in between.  Our xylitol is carefully sourced from Finnish birch and beech trees.

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