Understanding the Bone Rebuilding Cycle

The Bone Rebuilding Cycle is a continuous cycle of bone breakdown and bone formation. The balance between osteoclast activity, which dissolves bone mineral, and osteoblast activity, which produce new bone mineral, governs whether bone is made, maintained or lost.

Inflammatory mediator Inflammatory mediator Inflammatory Mediator Osteoclast Osteoclast Osteoblast Osteoblast
A

Resting Phase

A prolonged resting period follows until a new rebuilding cycle begins.

Resting Phase
B

Breakdown phase

Osteoclasts break down bone mineral and bone structure creating cavities in the bone.

Resting Phase
C

Reversal phase

The bone surface is prepared for osteoblasts to begin building bone.

Resting Phase
D

Formation phase

Osteoblasts form a new bone structure to replace the bone that has been broken down.

Resting Phase

The Bone Rebuilding cycle can be influenced by many factors, e.g.:

Stress
Genetics
Physical Labour
Diet
Health
Weight
Pregnancy
Hormones
Gender
Breastfeeding
Smoking
Injuries
Exercise Level
Alcohol
Illness
Medication
Ageing

What makes LithoLexal® Bone Health & Care different from calcium products?

LithoLexal®’s products are formulated to help support and maintain the normal Bone Rebuilding Cycle.

LithoLexal®’s products for bone health contain a plant-based calcium that is more easily digested than the rock-based calcium found in generic calcium products. This unique marine derived extract is needed to help inhibit bone breakdown, which is an osteoclast activity, and promote bone formation, which is an osteoblast activity.

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