Thursday, November 29, 2012

Better Bones...

Calcium supplementation remains the best way to get the calcium you're not getting in your diet!  But what most people don't know is that the vitamins D and K are necessary for your body to absorb calcium and enable it to keep your bones healthy.

Vitamin D3:  Direct exposure of skin to sunlight is still the best source of vitamin D3.  But for people living in northern latitude, sun exposure is limited.  Dark skin is poor at converting sunshine to vitamin D3, leaving dark-skinned people at greater risk of bone problems and other concerns associated with low levels of D3 and calcium.  
     Certain dairy foods contain some vitamin D, but for susceptible groups, as well as the elderly, children, the obese, vitamin D3 supplements can elevate vitamin D to the levels needed to allow calcium to work more efficiently.
     The institute of medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences, recently updated its recommendations to include higher amounts of calcium and vitamin D3 based on the latest scientific research.  

Vitamin K:  Vitamin K helps to control calcium regulation, but has been ignored as critical to bone and blood vessel health.  In people who are deficient in K, calcium may leach from their bones into their arteries, potentially leading to bone loss.
     K is found in meat, poultry and dairy products.  Research suggests that it is effective at maintaining normal calcium levels in the body.  Supplement with between 40 - 80 micrograms daily, but consult your pharmacist first.  Supplemental vitamin K can interact with other medications and may impact the effectiveness of the blood thinner Coumadin.
    
Taken properly with calcium, vitamins D3 and K are important components of an overall bone health regimen.
Dr. Joseph Maroon
board certified neurosurgeon and
expert in nutrition and sports medicine.

If you're looking for an all-natural option, these supplements are an excellent choice.  This particular supplement contains calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K.  


• Now with more vitamin D–600 IU
• Improved natural berry flavor
• Does not contain vitamin K
• Unique combination of nutrients and trace elements

** Regular exercise and a healthy diet with supplemental calcium may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, especially in the elderly. Adequate calcium intake is important, but daily intake above 2,000 mg is not likely to provide any additional benefits.




Clinically proven OsteoMatrix provides a unique matrix of critical nutrients that go beyond calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.*
In addition to building strong bones and teeth, the nutrients in OsteoMatrix:*
  • Help retain normal blood pressure
  • Assist in muscle contraction and nerve transmission
  • Help reduce PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramps, water retention, irritability, and moodiness
OsteoMatrix Provides:
  • 1,000 mg (100% DV) of elemental calcium from nature’s most concentrated and easily absorbed sources
  • 600 IU (100% DV) of vitamin D to stimulate calcium absorption
  • 400 mg (100% DV) of magnesium to help incorporate calcium into bones and strengthen them
**Regular exercise and a healthy diet with supplemental calcium may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, especially in the elderly. Adequate calcium intake is important, but daily intake above 2,000 mg is not likely to provide any additional benefits.


If you suffer from osteoporosis, or light to moderate bone loss, see your doctor.  Talk to him/her about he benefits of supplementation.  I'd love to help you achieve a healthier bone density. 
Building Better Bones,

Only By His Grace,

Billie

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