The battle against osteoporosis is getting harder and harder for women to fight. I talk to more and more women who struggle with bone loss and are worried about fractures. Most of them are taking some of the best nutrients you can use to protect your bones. These include strontium, magnesium, glutathione, vitamin K, and lactoferrin. All of these will help keep your bones strong as you age. But there's another nutrient that you can add to this regimen to help protect your bones. And with all the trouble with osteoporosis today, this information doesn't come any too soon.
Most doctors won't tell you that cysteine is a key nutrient for bone protection. But a recent study shows that it can do just that.
In this study, a group of researchers followed 328 postmenopausal women. They found a direct correlation between their bone mineral density and their blood levels of cysteine. According to their findings, those with the lowest levels of this key amino acid had lower bone mineral density. They found that low levels of cysteine contributed to a low bone cell turnover, which leads to weaker bones.
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Cysteine is crucial for your body to make glutathione. Glutathione, as you may know, is vital for protecting your cells from damage. This includes your bone cells. Cysteine assists in homocysteine metabolism. That means it can protect your heart as well. If your homocysteine levels are high and you struggle with osteoporosis, it's a clear sign that your body doesn't have enough cysteine.
Unfortunately, cysteine has a bad reputation as a supplement. That's because most people don't tolerate it very well. So you may want to use a safer version of it — N acetyl cysteine (NAC). It's far easier to tolerate. And you can find it at any health food store and online. The recommended dose for treating osteoporosis is 500 mg, two to three times daily.
Another way to get cysteine is in whey protein, which is another product I recommend for protecting against osteoporosis. So if you're already taking Advanced Protein Powder, you're already getting 350 mg daily.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
"The association between cysteine, bone turnover, and low bone mass," Baines M, Kredan MB, et al, Calcif Tissue Int, 2007; 81(6): 450-4.