Hey Guys, Drink a Beer to Bone Health
Memo to all the guys out there (and the women who love you): Quit walking to the kitchen every time those bone-health commercials come on. (Sally Fields, we love you. Really, we do.) All the talk about osteoporosis is not for women only.
Twelve million men have bones that are getting thinner and more brittle each day. We've got some irresistible ways to keep yours safe, strong, and young.
How about a beer? Ah, now you're paying attention! The bone-saving secret in brewskis is silicon, a chemical that stimulates collagen production. What's collagen? A protein that makes your bones denser and your joints more flexible. Brews with the most hops and malted barley are the richest in silicon. (Here's another surprising drink for better bones.) Not big on beer? Bananas and brown rice also are silicon-packed.
Anyone for Chinese food? Great! Many dishes (nonfried, please!) are full of broccoli, bok choy, and edamame (soybeans), which means they're bursting with bone-strengthening calcium. But go easy on the soy sauce; salt flushes out calcium.
Buff up those biceps. Weight-bearing exercises like push-ups, hiking, and carrying your sweetie's groceries toughen bones as well as muscles.
Munch zinc-rich dark chocolate, peanuts, or walnuts, and take your vitamins. Men with osteoporosis are often low in zinc, which is used in the bone-building process. If you don't eat these zinc-rich foods, consider a 15 milligram zinc supplement. Add a bone-strengthening combo supplement with 600 milligrams of calcium, 1,000 international units of vitamin D3, and 200 to 300 milligrams of magnesium. We take one daily.
Actively patrolling your health can make your RealAge as much as 7 years younger. Take the RealAge Test!