The sweetest way to reverse bone loss
A lot of people already know that Xylitol is good for oral health. Studies have shown that it strengthens tooth enamel, prevents cavities, and improves gum health. Its benefits don’t stop there, though-Xylitol can help fight age-related bone loss.
In 1994, a study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research showing that Xylitol could help maintain bone density in female rats. These finding were significant because the study was done on rats that had their ovaries removed. This decreased their estrogen levels, which, in turn, decreased their bone density. The aging process works the same way in humans.
However, the rats that were given Xylitol actually experienced an INCREASE in bone density-even though their ovaries had been removed.
A few years later, the same group of scientists decided to see if the Xylitol would have the same effect on aging male rats. They fed Xylitol to a group of male rats for two years and found that the rats had, on average, a 10 percent increase in bone density compared with the rats that weren’t fed the natural sweetener.
This led the researchers to conclude that consistent Xylitol intake could be a significant factor in 1). Protecting against age-related bone loss, and 2). Increasing bone volume.
These findings were published in the journal Gerontology.
Put calcium to work in your body
The scientists don’t know exactly how Xylitol can have such a dramatic effect on bone loss. That will take a lot more money and a lot more years of research. They did offer up a few ideas of how it works in the body.
You know how important calcium is to maintaining strong bones. The problem is, you can be funneling calcium into your body-either in supplement form, or from calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese, and broccoli-but if your body isn’t absorbing the calcium properly, you may as well be adding water to a leaking bucket.
Like it or not, as you age, your body doesn’t absorb calcium as well as it did when you were in your hay days. That’s where the Xylitol comes in. The researchers believe that it can enhance your ability to absorb the calcium that’s necessary for strong bones.
Whether that’s exactly how it works or not, I can’t say at this point. What I can tell you is that the research clearly shows that Xylitol is one the very best things you can do to maintain-and even rebuild-your bone density.
You should take about 40 grams per day. There haven’t been any negative effects, even at doses 10 times that high.
The cost of prevention
Xylitol could be another answer to the question of how to lower health care costs. Think about it:
Osteoporosis affects 50 percent of women and 20 percent of men at some point in their lives. Based on information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), osteoporosis causes 1.5 million fractures a year-not exactly a cheap medical problem. It costs about 10 billion annually to treat osteoporosis and the fractures that result from it. Just like every other medical problem, this one is on the rise. Over the next 30 years, experts believe we could be spending between 50 and 80 MILLION dollars per year on problems resulting from osteoporosis.
According to the AAOS, “Hip fractures alone represent a tremendous socioeconomic drain, accounting for more than half of all health care expenditures for fractures, as well as increasing significant incidence of disability and mortality.”
At any rate, you can see that Big Sugar has been doing their best to keep us ignorant, fat and sick. Maybe that’s not a surprise – I’m sure you weren’t expecting the sugar companies to be run by a bunch of monks and nuns. When your mission is to load up every American food product with sugar, you kind of check your conscience at the door.
But there’s another lobby that’s getting rich by keeping us sick — and many of its members are doctors. You see, for years now, we’ve been bombarded with messages on the importance of early disease detection. This “early detection” lobby is trying to convince us that their message is good for us. Well, it’s not – it’s only good for them.
You don’t have to dig too deep before you find out that the whole idea is a gold mine for the health care industry. How else could you get healthy people to pay for medical services unless you scare them into getting tested for diseases they have no symptoms of?
Breast cancer is a prime example…