8 Bone-Building Nutrients

A growing body of research suggests this mineral may play a supporting role when it comes to treating and preventing osteoporosis. Magnesium helps your body neutralize metabolic acids, absorb calcium, and maintain strong bone structure. Get magnesium from pumpkin seeds or quinoa, as well as millet, brown rice, spinach, Swiss chard, artichoke hearts, cashews, tempeh, sweet potatoes, beans, sesame seeds, flaxseed, and wheat germ. Note: Magnesium taken with calcium supplements can also help with the constipating effect that calcium has.