The TRUTH About Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Calcium is not the most important nutrient for osteoporosis! Find out what nutrients you should be focusing on.


0:00 Introduction: The truth about osteoporosis and osteopenia
0:22 What is osteoporosis?
0:33 Bones explained
1:43 What is osteopenia?
2:09 Typical treatments for osteoporosis
2:22 Understanding calcification
3:10 What is osteomalacia?
3:25 What causes osteoporosis and osteopenia?
3:39 Key nutrients for osteoporosis and osteopenia
6:10 The gallbladder and liver connection
6:50 The best minerals for osteoporosis
11:35 Learn more about vitamin K2!

Let’s talk about osteoporosis and osteopenia. There is no way you can build up your bone with just calcium. If you try, you could end up with calcification of your arteries.

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density and bone mass. This increases your risk of fractures. Osteopenia is the stage that occurs just before osteoporosis.

It’s been found that people with osteoporosis have a much higher degree of calcification in the arteries and joints. This means a person has excess calcium, but it’s not going to the right places in the body.

When dealing with osteoporosis and osteopenia, we can’t just look at a loss of calcium. We also need to consider vitamin K2 deficiency and vitamin D3 deficiency.

Vitamin D3 supports calcium absorption, and vitamin K2 helps drive calcium into the bones. If you take vitamin K2 as a supplement, it may be best to take the natural form called MK7. Vitamin A (retinol) is another important vitamin to support healthy bones.

These essential vitamins for osteoporosis are all fat-soluble, which means supporting your gallbladder and liver is crucial. Bile salts can help support the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients if you have a gallbladder or liver problem. It’s also essential to have strong acid in the stomach to absorb minerals and trace minerals.

I would still take some form of calcium if I had osteoporosis. But I would also take these other nutrients. I would also avoid calcium carbonate, which is less bioavailable than other forms. Try to get your calcium and other nutrients from food.

Other important minerals and trace minerals for strong bones:
• Magnesium
• Potassium
• Zinc
• Copper
• Boron

Be sure you’re also consuming high-quality sources of protein and are exercising consistently to help with osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the most important nutrients for osteoporosis and osteopenia. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. Thixuan Levu on July 5, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Excellent explanation, very clear and informative.Thank you so much and so much Doctor Berg ❤🙏👌

  2. Joao Pedro on July 5, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Incredible how doc makes a video on something right after you start wondering about it. Mind reader.

    • janice james on July 5, 2023 at 11:36 am

      That’s how the Universe works.

    • Candy Kane on July 5, 2023 at 11:51 am

      2 weeks ago I was at the Dr and he told me to start doing weight bearing exercises cuz I’m at that age (52 yr old female) and we seem to break bones easier. This video was perfect timing for me as well.

    • Nancy Evans on July 5, 2023 at 12:18 pm

      Exactly! Just found out I have osteopenia like yesterday! This morning I wake up to this… 😮

    • Tami Peden on July 5, 2023 at 1:25 pm

      I was thinking the same, ha! My friend and I were just discussing this yesterday. We can add mind reader to his credentials 😂

  3. Dorothy Edwards on July 5, 2023 at 10:26 am

    👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏💓🤍😇🤍 Thank you Dr. Berg. Right on time. Great information and explanation. Thank you

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on July 5, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      Most welcome! Glad you found it helpful!

  4. Susan Weigel on July 5, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Thank you! It’s always a pleasure to start my day with one of your videos. You make learning fun. We all appreciate you.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on July 5, 2023 at 1:55 pm

      Glad you enjoy them! Thanks for watching!

  5. Thuy Wu on July 5, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Good morning Dr Berg. Thank you very much for wonderful topic , it’s very helpful to help me to understand osteoporosis clearly .Have a nice day ❤

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on July 5, 2023 at 1:44 pm

      Most welcome! Glad you found the video helpful!

  6. Sinyarlj on July 5, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Having osteopenia recently diagnosed with very high (504) calcium BUT all other yearly testing perfect finally… I’ve been told to cut my 10,000 D3 down to one a week. This being after 4 years of taking and following you and resulting also in 4 years of no metformin and diet controlled type 2 diabetes yay!
    So I’ll push up the K2 & MK7 I think as well!
    Thanks for all you do to help us Dr Berg!

    • PJ Previte on July 5, 2023 at 12:30 pm

      If you feel good why cut down? Your Vitamin D level is probably over 100 but you probably haven’t experienced toxicity I’m guessing .

    • catitude4 on July 5, 2023 at 2:05 pm

      @PJ Previte The problem would be too much calcium in the blood which can cause issues. D3 can do this.

    • Biggie Cheese on July 5, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      Pushing D3 too hard will actually calcify your body. Lower the D3 for balance as too much will require more K2

    • PJ Previte on July 5, 2023 at 5:13 pm

      @Biggie Cheese why not take a maintenance dose of 5,000 iu’s plus K2 an call it good? Otherwise you would have to take it wait a while for levels to fall then take it again just keep taking a certain dose to maintain

    • Biggie Cheese on July 5, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      @PJ Previte That’s what I am saying, thank you for making it clearer. It may be somewhere around 5,000 IU D3 and 100mcg K2 or more. Depending on their level of calcification.

  7. AUSTRALIAN KALEIDOSCOPE on July 5, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Dear Doctor Berg. Thank you very much for your information. During 2 years I was on Prednisolon which I stopped after watching your video. I am also on Clexane injections for 2 years. 2 years ago my rght hip was unfortunately overtwisted by sonographer in the POW Hospital during experimental PET Scan, she ruptured myGluteus Muscle, in 15 minutes after overtwisting my hip, she lost her balance, because she was standing on her tiptoes and she broke my right knee. Last week I had Bone Density Scan and I was told that I have a Femoral neck osteoporosis in the same right hip. I am so grateful to you for the very important useful video. I wonder is it possible that my injury influenced on getting osteoporosis? God will bless you for so important help.

  8. Ashlaunica Alpari on July 5, 2023 at 11:13 am

    At age 32 female, I was diagnosed with osteopenia after randomly breaking both my ankles within 8wks of each other just by walking across the lawn and stepping into minor pot holes.
    Was an avid rollerblader, never broke a bone in my life and was completely fit and healthy.
    Completely bizarre.
    You made a statement that made me realize…. Osteoporosis and therefore Osteopenia is reversible.
    This is really good to know. I’ll be working on that.

    • The Silver Haired Gypsy on July 5, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      me too!

    • SantaMaria on July 5, 2023 at 2:22 pm

      ➡ 1.EMF 8: Quantum Bone 2.The Osteoporosis Rx , by Reversing Disease for Optimal Health

    • Rob Hole on July 5, 2023 at 2:53 pm

      Hello there, I found your comment interesting, but don’t understand what you are saying.
      I’d be really grateful if you clarify what you mean by EMF, and Quantum bone please.

    • Stuart Moore on July 5, 2023 at 6:32 pm

      @Rob Hole I believe that EMF stands for electromagnetic field which is radiation given off by any kind of electrical device, primary among those that are considered significant or “bad” are cell phones and smart meters. But any kind of device that runs on electricity produces electro magnetic radiation.
      The other stuff I haven’t a clue.

  9. AussieAngie on July 5, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Hi Dr Berg this video once again was so informative, I really love your various topics as they are both interesting and very helpful. Thank you for your expert information

  10. 5.0 GT on July 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Everyday I take: ✅
    1- D3 5000 iu.
    2- K2 MK7 90 mcg.
    3- Magnesium Glycinate 200 mg.
    ** D3 + K2 in one capsule 💊

  11. Yankee 🌹 Rose on July 5, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    MK7, D3, trace minerals, plenty of protein, excercise, sunshine, good sleep, deep breathing and watch Dr. Berg daily! ❤

    • Olusola Oyadina on July 5, 2023 at 12:51 pm

      😂 Right?!

    • C-Jay Els on July 5, 2023 at 1:14 pm


    • FanGirl on July 5, 2023 at 1:31 pm

      🎉 and Weight training! Im the “real “P.E. teacher😊

    • Colty77 on July 5, 2023 at 3:41 pm

      some of the monerals needed include magnesium, manganese, boron, zinc.. apples and other fruits have a lot of boron. Well rounded diet, sunshine, etc needed.

    • Venu Pardhasaradhi on July 5, 2023 at 5:14 pm

      @Olusola Oyadina ఎ చెంచులక్ష్మి.

  12. Renee Jones on July 5, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    I’m recovering from a dislocated ankle and bimal surgery which I’m convinced was not as bad as it could’ve been because I’ve been taking your D3K2 and Trace Minerals for years. I’m flying through physical therapy and looking forward to walking again very soon. Thank you Dr. Berg.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on July 5, 2023 at 5:19 pm

      So glad you are recovering well!

  13. Robin Hood on July 5, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Talking of osteoporosis, I managed to find one toothpaste on the shelves that didn’t contain so-called ‘fluoride’ (something I should definitely get a prize for, lol), and on the back of the tube was written, ‘Please note: This product does not contain fluoride and it’s advised that you find an alternative way of taking it’. 🤪

    • Sa Lauerman on July 5, 2023 at 2:32 pm

      Hmmm. Find an alternative way of taking the toothpaste?!
      Language can be fun 😂

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on July 5, 2023 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Robin Hood on July 5, 2023 at 5:27 pm

      @Sa Lauerman No, I guess it just meant buy a bottle of fluoride and pour it into the tube. ☝️

    • Robin Hood on July 5, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC All in a day’s work for.. Bicycle Repair Man! Lol! 😉

  14. M Browne on July 5, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    BHRT absolutely necessary after menopause. Lifelong athlete, great diet, fit, great health, and diagnosed w osteoporosis at 57. I was sideswiped by this, and I’m convinced it’s hormonal w me(as well as thin white woman proclivity). Ladies get a bone density scan asap and stay ahead of this!

  15. Amelia Laura on July 5, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks dr B! Women – if you’ve lost your menstrual cycle and you are not old enough to be going through menopause, this is a huge red flag. I was really anorexic for years and this destroyed my bone density. Nutrients through nourishment / food are essential.

  16. liliboo on July 5, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    I had an addiction to Pepsi Max, at 58 I fell downstairs and broke a couple of vertebrae, I was very shocked to learn that I had Osteoporosis – I was even more shocked to learn that Coke and Pepsi are known to leach the calcium from the bones – as a Dr put it, they should have Osteoporosis in a bottle written as the label – because they were sugar free I thought they were ok – WHY IS THIS NOT A WIDELY KNOWN FACT?? I’m not saying it’s the only factor in my Osteoporosis, but it probably hasn’t helped. Needless to say I stopped drinking it – surprisingly, just like that without side effects, considering I was drinking at least 2 ltrs a day, the caffeine I was drinking was through the roof as I love coffee as well.

  17. talk2deb on July 5, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg. Digging around on where the word osteopenia came to be —Osteopenia is the normal slight thinning of bones that comes with aging. Looking further into a certain drug widely prescribed for this, and it’s side effects was an eye opener. It is that certain company’s golden goose.

  18. Sable Ann on July 5, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    I wish Doctors would give patents this information. All mine General did was push pills or ask me if I was depressed, oh, here’s another pill!!! Thank you Dr. Berg! Your information is so helpful! I swear by I well balanced diet of Animal & plant based diet. No Sodas, no fast food. and I take my K2 with my D

  19. okayworld on July 5, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Dr. Berg, thank you very much. For fixing postmenopausal osteoporosis, will supplementing low dose testosterone help? since all estrogen comes from testosterone, and estrogen deficiency is directly associated with BMD?

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