How many of you have heard of Osteocalcin? Did you know that this hormone released not only strengthens bone but has an impact on the health of our brain?
So bone has mostly been known for its structural support for the body. More recently its importance in hormones is coming to the forefront. One hormone in particular released by the bone is Osteocalcin. This hormone is secreted by Osteoblasts which mineralize bone and keep it strong. Osteocalcin has a minor effect on bone mineralization but more importantly has positive effects on glucose, exercise tolerance, brain development, cognition and male fertility.
Research has shown that when osteocalcin is released it interacts with certain proteins in the brain which increase BDNF (Brain derived neurotrophic factor). This in turn helps neurons create new connections and assists the brain in adapting to stress easier.
When women enter menopause estrogen declines naturally. With the reduction in estrogen this can lead to decrease bone mass leading to osteoporosis and or osteopenia. This can caution women to reduce their physical activity which in turn reduces osteocalcin. When osteocalcin is reduced it has negative impact on the brain leading to impaired cognitive function.
So what is the best way to improve osteocalcin? It is regular physical activity. Research has shown that Osteocalcin doubles after a work-out. Other important steps are to increase levels of Vitamin D, Vitamin K and Magnesium. So get out in the sunshine, eat adequate amounts of leafy greens, nuts, avocados and bananas. Find your favorite form of movement and do it daily. I just recently tried out a great video series called “Walk at home with Leslie Sansone. Her you tube link is below. Various levels for all different activity types.
Happy movement, Happy bones, Happy Brain!
“Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.”
Dr. Steve Maraboli