Health and Nutrition
Factors that determine bone mass and strengthHeredity is the most important factor for strong bones. Genes determine the variation in peak bone mass, the maximum bone density, for 60-80%. Nutrition and exercise also play important roles in the development of the bones while growing (children) and in the maintenance phase of the bone tissues (adults, elderly).
Nutrients related to bone massThe most important nutrients required for growth and development of bones with children and for healthy bones all life through are calcium, vitamin D, protein, phosphorus. Besides these four nutrients, magnesium, zinc and vitamin C are needed for the maintenance of normal bones.
Good nutrition also important at an advanced age, an interview with Professor Lisette de GrootWhat is good nutrition for elderly people? And also, do specific nutrients play a role in the ageing process? The FrieslandCampina Institute interviewed Lisette de Groot, Professor of Nutrition and Ageing at Wageningen University.