The medical condition – ‘osteoporosis’ occurs when the bones become fragile from loss of tissue. It is typically known to occur as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. More than 10 million cases per year in India, osteoporosis may affect a person of any age, but people over the age of 40 are more prone to it.
We all have forever patronized calcium for strong bone health in our bodies. With increased advertising for the nutrient, everyone focuses on calcium and forgets about another essential element which helps in increasing bone density & boosting immunity – Zinc.
Zinc, is in fact a crucial element for proper absorption of calcium & vitamin D to get into the cells where it works to build bones. Although calcium is the mineral most associated with bone formation, Zinc is also found in the bones. Forming a small percentage of the bone, Zinc is needed to form hydroxylapatite which is a naturally occurring crystalline calcium complex. Hydroxylapatite crystals make up about half of the bones' weight. Thus, Zinc is essential for proper mineralization of bones by contributing to its bone mass. Studies published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that those with osteoporosis had low levels of Zinc in their blood and bones.
Not just adults, Zinc deficiency can cause stunted growth in children too, since Zinc is vital for cellular division and activation. This same ability to influence and regulate cellular function applies to Zinc intake in adults, including those with low bone density.
Another major contribution of Zinc to bone health is its ability to stimulate osteoblasts and inhibit osteoclasts. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are bone cells; however, osteoblasts are needed for bone formation while osteoclasts are responsible for bone resorption (breakdown of bone and its reabsorption). By promoting the activities of osteoblasts and reducing the activity of osteoclasts, Zinc produces a net bone-building effect. This increases bone mineral density and reduces the risk of osteoporotic bone fractures. We may not think of Zinc as a vital nutrient for bones, yet without adequate Zinc, the bones cannot maintain themselves.
Hindustan Zinc is India’s only and the world’s second largest integrated Zinc producer, proudly known as Zinc of India…
Truly, we all have Zinc in our lives…