Friday, February 06, 2009

Our Skeleton

The human skeleton represents the scaffolding of the human body. It provides mechanical support, facilitates movement and protects vital organs.

Despite the fact that the skeleton is mainly formed by a mineral framework, bone is a living, active tissue, metabolically active and in constant transformation.

Bone is composed of a collagen framework permeated with mineral salts composed of mostly calcium and phosphate, together with trace amounts of other minerals and ions.

The skeleton needs a constant supply of nutrients. A healthy, balanced diet containing both macro - and micronutrients plus sufficient energy is vital for both normal development an on-going maintenance of the skeleton.

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