In Ayurveda, the bone tissue is known as asthi. Asthi is the fifth tissue in the order of their creation and regeneration through the food we ingest, after medha or fat, and before majja or nerve tissue.
Asthi is associated with the vata dosha, meaning that when there is a vata imbalance present, the bones may suffer. In order to properly nourish the asthi or bone tissue, adequate amounts of food containing the earth and air elements are advised. Foods boosting the earth element include sweet, grounding foods like grains, root and ground vegetables – as well as astringent foods such as beans. Foods that boost the air element include the bitter foods (like leafy greens) and pungent foods.
As with the creation and regeneration of any tissue, the proper building of bone requires a healthy digestive fire, or agni. In that case, nutrients from the earth and air element foods, along with the calcium and vitamin D necessary for building strong bone, will be properly digested and assimilated.
It is also important to note that in order for vitamin D to be synthesized from the sun by the body, we must have adequate amounts of cholesterol stores. Eating high-quality foods rich in healthy saturated fats, such as ghee and coconut oil, is a great way to make sure you have plenty of cholesterol for vitamin D synthesis.
Bone regeneration requires the services of vitamins K2 and D3. Bone is a living tissue that is in a constant state of rebuilding. To make new bone, the body must first remove some of the old bone. It is much like the natural removal of dead skin to make way for new skin.
Old bone is removed by cells called osteoclasts, and the new bone is laid down by cells called osteoblasts. When the osteoclastic activity is excessive, large holes of bone removal weaken the bone and lead to bone density issues.
Normally, osteoblasts lay down a substance called osteocalcin, which enables new calcium to be laid down as bone. For the calcium to bind and ultimately become bone, it requires the services of vitamins K2 and D3.
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