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7 Medicinal Plants that Improve Your Bone Health | AIB

The skeletal system is in charge of giving structure to the human body, and it is our support and, also, protects vital organs; that’s why we should take care of it. There are several medicinal plants for bones that will help you maintain a strong bone system and improve your health.

The human body is composed of 206 bones that work perfectly together to provide support, balance, and protection. Bones need nutrients and care to be healthy and perform their functions correctly.

We must maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins, such as D, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium or fluoride to have strong bones. These nutrients can be obtained and supplemented with the following medicinal plants for bones:

The nettle

It is a medicinal plant rich in flavonoids, with excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has calcium, potassium, manganese, and vitamins C, D and K. Vitamins C and D improve the absorption of calcium, while vitamin K strengthens bones.

It is used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis because it prevents the wear of cartilage and joints. The consumption of nettle is varied.

  • With it, you can make some meals like soup and roti.
  • You can also prepare a tea accompanied by ginger or chamomile and drink two cups a day.

Arnica

It has anti-inflammatory properties, so it is also recommended for the treatment of arthritis. The compound that gives this property is called helenalin.

We can use this externally, in the form of creams, gels or ointments. It is beneficial in curing bruises, swelling or muscle aches due to its analgesic properties. It also stimulates blood circulation.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a plant known for its spores that blow when blown. Besides, it also has excellent healing properties, as it is depurative and diuretic.

It contains calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and luteolin that helps bones to become strong. It also contributes to the bone development and prevents osteoporosis. To make the most of its benefits and maintain good bone health, you can prepare dandelion tea.

Horsetail (Puzzlegrass)

This plant contains silicon, which is a component of the bones and is found especially where the bone tissue is formed. Horsetail is one of the medicinal plants for bones that allows bone development and tissue strengthening, which contributes to the prevention of osteoporosis.

It is consumed in the form of an infusion and helps to remineralize bones, which allows bone fractures to heal faster. It also strengthens the cartilages. This makes it an excellent plant to treat joint conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Birch

The birch is a tree that has multiple properties (depurative, astringent, diuretic, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic). It contains flavonoids, vitamin C and minerals beneficial for bone health.

  • To fight joint and muscle diseases, birch oil and tree bark are used to soothe the pains of bones, tendons, muscles, and joints.
  • The infusion of birch deflates the joints, so it serves to treat osteoarthritis and arthritis.

However, it should not be taken for more than two weeks in a row. The use of birch is contraindicated in pregnant women, infants and people with irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis.

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Ulmaria (Meadowsweet)

It is a plant with anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anticoagulant properties. Its dried flower can be prepared in infusion to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis or to relieve bone pain. For best results, you can take it at least 3 times a day.

Bay Laurel

Laurel is known for its culinary uses, and this plant also has medicinal properties. It contains vitamins A and C, iron, manganese, copper and calcium.

  • It is prepared as a tea to treat rheumatic diseases.
  • You can also make poultices with the bay leaf to relieve pain in bones, joints, and muscles.

Take into account the benefits of these medicinal plants for bones, as natural options to maintain good health or treat bone discomfort. These alternatives are less expensive and quite beneficial.

Remember that any treatment should always be complemented with a proper diet rich in nutrients and minerals needed to strengthen your bones. Eat especially those foods with high calcium content. In the same way keep control with your doctor, especially if you are a woman and you are prone to suffer from osteoporosis.

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