What Your Bones Are Craving

February 27, 2008

Calcium goes a long way to keeping your bones strong and fracture-free. But it isn’t a one-stop shop. You also need Vitamin D (from salmon, shrimp, or fortified milk) to help your bones absorb the calcium. Vitamin K (from leafy greens like broccoli and spinach) is needed for bone-forming proteins to do their job. And potassium (from bananas, yogurt, and potatoes) will fight off the acids that suck calcium out of your body.