Building healthy bones is extremely important. Minerals are incorporated into your bones during childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Once you reach 30 years of age, you have achieved peak bone mass. If not enough bone mass is created during this time or bone loss occurs later in life, you have an increased risk of developing fragile bones that break easily. Maintaining bone health is not as simple as just increasing your calcium intake. To improve bone strength you will also need additional vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D and magnesium to ensure that the calcium is absorbed effectively into the bones and avoids build-up in arteries and muscles.
Magnesium is a powerful mineral that stimulates the activity of cells critical to bone formation, with magnesium-deficient bones being larger, more brittle and susceptible to fractures. Without the presence of magnesium, calcium cannot be transported to the bones and can lead to the hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis and bone fractures. Vitamin D plays an important role in the absorption of calcium from the intestine, working synergistically with vitamin K2 to ensure calcium is directed out of the arteries and into the bones where it helps improve bone density.