Research into side effects of common drugs provides insights into resistant osteoporosis.
Bone health conversations are typically limited to advice on supplementation with minerals or vitamins or–even worse–prescription bone density drugs. New discoveries highlight what may be another valuable tool to combat osteoporosis naturally: Collagen. Doctors at Orthopedic Hospital in Shropshire, United Kingdom, discovered that a common mood-stabilizing drug called valproic acid also blocks bone’s ability to make collagen by sixty percent, by blocking the action of bone-building cells called fibroblasts.
People who use this drug for more than six months have long been known to develop premature osteoporosis, and have been placed on calcium supplementation and bone density drugs with unimpressive results. This mirrors my own experience. I have met many women in their forties and up who rapidly lose bone mass in spite of high calcium intake, plenty of vitamins D, and K, and exercise. The missing link should really have been obvious, after all, more than 90 percent of bone mass comes from protein.
In my experience in Hawaii treating Filipino women who make gelatinous soups flavored with bone (oxtail soup, fish head soup), or bone broth, on a regular basis, I found very few who had significant loss of bone mass or loss of spinal height before reaching their 80s. Of course, this is just an observation. But because glycosaminoglycans in these gelatinous broths are known to trigger the production of collagen by fibroblasts, I am compelled to believe that the fact that so few Caucasian American women cook with bone broth compared to Filipinos has something to do with their weaker bones.