Functional Foods for Bone Health With Karen Osborne

New Series 2 Episode 10
This episode focuses on functional food for bone health. Our guest, Karen Osborne, is an expert in bone health and the power of food and fitness to strengthen bones. Bone health is crucial in order to sustain a healthy and strong body into our later years. Bones need the right kind of nourishment and most people who are over the age of 50 have bones that are becoming weak and frail. Tune in to discover what nutrients are required to support a healthy bone matrix and some of the foods that Karen teaches her clients to support that. Find out health practitioners can empower their clients in their relationship with food for bone health.


  • [8:00] Strengthening bones with foods, and the many layers in bones.
  • [12:00] Sources of Vitamin K
  • [15:00] Recipes for bone health
  • [21:00] Exercises to support bones and muscles
  • [25:13] What we can do to assist people to protect the bones from an early age.


  •  We’re able to strengthen the inner layer of our bones by the foods we eat, and calcium and phosphorus are the major components.
  • Plant based foods may be better to eat for calcium absorption, rather than dairy.
  • In the United States, it’s estimated that 54% of post-menopausal women are osteopenic and an additional 30% are already considered osteoporotic. By age 80, 27% of women are considered to have osteopenia and 70% are osteopathic.
  • The importance of exercise for bone health and how holding certain stretches for 30 seconds or longer supplies the stress on the bones that they need to stimulate the breakdown and then subsequent growth.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.