Bone Loss and Gut Health. Can Probiotics Slow Down Bone Loss?


This is the title of an article of Dr. Peter D’Adamo that gave me the inspiration to discuss about this subject and to review the article in the same time.

It looks like that there is a connection between bone loss and gut health, so as many other functions of our body are connected to gut health, as more investigated and underlined these days.

The importance of gut health and microbiome and how we nourish our body and our intestinal bacteria is becoming a daily talk, and panacea of mixtures and combinations are suggested each day by trusted professionals with extended explanations about recent discoveries and hidden toxins in foods, main cause of the most of the today’s discomforts and pathologies.

Dr. D’Adamo in this article gives the reasons why there is this specific connection between bones and gut health and suggests of course some of his products in regard.

We can all be confused among our choice, which product is better than other, has more or less elements, in regard of the dose, if it is too high or too low, and finally which company or scientists we trust better than another, and whose products would be the best choice for us.

For myself this choice has become very difficult lately because I know now many of these scientists, all deserve trust, and all are conscientious and responsible, and their companies for what I know use the purest elements on the market, and follow rigid standards of manufacturing.

Bone loss, typical of the aging process starts for some women with the menopause process, normally for the most of us begin during the  post-menopausal period and can be more or less severe, can start as osteopenia which is a moderate form of bone loss, or as osteoporosis which is more severe.

Regular therapy is based on vitamin D and calcium, and exercise, and doses vary based on the severity of the process and personal conditions, as we know calcium is not always recommended, especially if there are potential conditions for cardiovascular problems; calcium can deposit on the arterial walls and together the variety of debris and cholesterol plaques can cause strokes or heart attack depending if the obstruction is on the arterial that feeds the brain or the heart.

Today there are several therapies for this and mainly they suggest complexes with more than just calcium and vitamin D, more important are the minerals associate, and oligo-elements, which means that are in very low doses in body but with important functions, to mention some of these, strontium, for example, very important in the bone growth process, or boron, or silica or vanadium as trace bones minerals.

Calcium in these complexes is in low doses and in forms very well absorbed from the body and not dangerous, we need calcium, calcium is so important and with so many functions.

Going back to connection with gut health and Dr. D’Adamo’s article, what he enhances in this article is the importance of probiotics and prebiotics in the process.

To keep a healthy microbiota and so microbiome we must have the right probiotics, or better intestinal flora of microorganisms that will produce the appropriate molecules for important body’s functions and beneficial elements to support and nourishing those functions.

In case of bone loss one of these molecules is butyric acid, or butyrate, regular compound of butter, (but I guess that butter has other compounds not so healthy in addition to this good one) and ghee;  it looks like that we can find butyrate also in Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, dandelion greens, ripe bananas and kombucha, all typical  elements that support healthy microbiome and recommended from most of naturopaths.

The benefits of butyrate as short chain fatty acid, which are the healthy type of fatty acids, are many, and naturopaths keep reminding when they talk in regard of leaky gut or permeable intestine o any other problem connected with intestinal health, some of these are for example, protection against colon-rectal cancer, weight loss promoting, IBS and Chhorn’s disease managing, insulin resistance control, anti-inflammatory properties in general.

Butyrate is considered a prebiotic and so the foods just mentioned. Some of these elements are in Dr. D’Adamo’s formula probiotics from time, he was always including prebiotics as Jerusalem artichokes or same chicory root in his probiotic formula for blood type A, for example; in addition they both contain  inulin, very important prebiotic fiber for gut health, besides other elements and the specific lactobacillus which are the most present in our intestinal flora.

Each blood type has, of course a different composition in prebiotics and probiotics.

The doctor recommends three of his products for supporting bone loss and these are: the specific probiotic for specific blood type, a complex containing butyrate, and another complex with mix of minerals and herbs and vitamins A and D.

He explains the reasons why there is the connection. If a gut is unhealthy and with not the right microorganisms becomes inflamed, if inflamed its walls becomes permeable and leaked, the leaky gut process, in this case toxic molecules can go though this wall and get into the system and activate liver cells to travel to bone marrow and causing the breaking down of bone.

Butyrate is one of the elements that can heal the inflammation of the lining of the intestinal wall so that these molecules cannot reach body tissues and organs and cause damages; in addition, can directly stimulate the growth of bones.

One more case of the importance of combination of pre and probiotics, and of importance of food, what we eat and introduce in our body will feed the good bacteria or the bad ones; in the first case the result is of good health, but in case we feed the bad bacteria more cravings will come and the vicious cycle of unhealthy eating that will disrupt our good gut flora even more!

Thanks for reading

Mariarosaria M.










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