The skeletal system is primarily known as a support frame for the muscles and for protecting internal organs. The bones also form the basis of body movement, produce all of your blood cells, and provide storage for necessary minerals. Healthy bones facilitate moving and make your workouts more efficient, due to the hormone osteocalcin. This hormone boosts the amount of insulin the body makes, maintaining an ideal blood sugar and depleting fat stores. While most people are aware of calcium as an important mineral for bones, they are less aware of the need for magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin C. Without these other minerals, the hard matter of bones don’t receive all of the calcium they should because it goes to soft tissues first. A balance of all of these nutrients is needed from food sources or supplementation to insure that you have the healthiest skeleton you can.