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Health.com: 14 Surprising Facts About Healthy Bones

Bones Are Storage Units

Want extra minerals? Check your bones. If you need calcium because you’re, say, breast-feeding, the body releases extra from your bones in a process that benefits baby and doesn’t hurt mom.

The only problem is that sometimes toxic substances, like lead or mercury, can get lodged in the bone storage unit too. "Bone is a major storage pool for calcium and phosphate, and it stores substances like heavy metals in low levels for long periods of time," Dr. Cosman explains.

However, it is "very unlikely" that what our bones store—both good and bad—will at some point come out in large amounts and cause health problems, she says.

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