Dairy and bone health

J Am Coll Nutr. 2009 Feb;28 Suppl 1:82S-90S. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2009.10719808.


Bone health is the resultant of bone mass, bone architecture, and body mechanics. Nutrition supports all three components, with the principal nutrients concerned being calcium, protein, and vitamin D. Potassium, magnesium, zinc, and several vitamins are also involved to varying extents. Given modern food sources, it is difficult to devise a diet that is "bone healthy" without including three servings of dairy per day, not just because of dairy calcium, but dairy protein and potassium as well.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone and Bones / physiology*
  • Calcium, Dietary
  • Dairy Products*
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Osteoporosis / prevention & control*
  • Potassium, Dietary


  • Calcium, Dietary
  • Dietary Proteins
  • Potassium, Dietary