Building good bones starts early. By age 20, we’ve acquired as much as 90% of our peak bone mass. In most women, bones reach their maximum strength and density between about age 20 and 30.
From then on, bone strength and density start to decline. It’s a slow process at first, but it gets kick-started by menopause in women. The stronger your bones are to start with, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to reduce your risks for osteoporosis later in life.
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Tell your doctor about any supplements you're taking, even if they're natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications or foods. He or she can let you know if the supplement might increase your risk.
The FDA does not regulate dietary supplements. However, it has approved an injectable branched-chain amino acid.