Dr. Mao shares how a diet rich in minerals prevents osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a common problem during menopause, midlife, but really it is a condition that really needs to be prevented so you need to start this early on. Do not wait until you got osteoporosis or osteopenia. Now foods that are rich in minerals like leafy greens--spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens--wealth of calcium, minerals, magnesium, potassium and all those things. So what I would have many of my patients do, and this is also part of our detox, we have people make a broth of all these leafy greens plus adding seaweed which has a lot of trace minerals, over 100 to be exact.
So putting these things together, make a broth, and just drink that like a beverage, two, three cups a day. You have got a kind of a mineral beverage and it is very critical. A lot of women think that, "Well, I got to drink a lot of milk in order to get the calcium." It is easier actually for the body to assimilate calcium from the vegetables because what is calcium? Calcium is a rock. Well, we cannot eat a rock. So we need something between the rock and us. So we got a plant and the plant is much more effective way to deliver minerals to us than, let us say, dairy products or meat or those types of heavy protein diets. Heavy protein diets decreases the amount of calcium in the body.
Dr. Mao is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology and a Diplomat in Anti-Aging. He is currently in general practice with special interest in immune, hormonal and aging related conditions. He was awarded the Outstanding Acupuncturist of the Year Award in 1987. Dr. Mao along with Dr. Dao, his brother and father, founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica, California. He is currently director and a professor of Chinese medicine at Yo San University. Dr. Mao is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the AOM ALLIANCE, American Society of Acupuncturist, the American Association of Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine and National certification Commission for Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Diplomat in Chinese Herbology.
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