Bones need a proper balance of minerals. Anything that upsets this balance compromises bone health. (

The key to understanding bone health is understanding minerals.

The primary mineral in your skeleton is calcium, but bones do not live on calcium alone. Drop a piece of chalk (calcium carbonate) and it will easily shatter. No one wants an all-calcium skeleton.

Although calcium supplements are the most common strategy for maintaining strong bones, Americans are much more likely to be deficient in magnesium—a mineral that provides strength and a bit of flexibility to bone tissue.

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