The skeletal system is a support frame for the muscles and protects internal organs. Your bones also facilitate body movement, produce blood cells, and store leftover necessary minerals. Osteocalcin, a hormone released by the bones, regulates blood sugar by boosting the amount of insulin the body makes. While most people are aware of calcium as an important mineral for bones, most are less aware of the need for magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin C. Without these other minerals, the soft tissue receives the calcium before the hard matter of the bones does. A balance of all of these nutrients is needed from food sources or supplementation to avoid conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, or osteomalacia, (and many more) and insure that you have the healthiest skeleton you can.
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