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A Whole-Food Approach to Calcium
– No more Rocks! By Dr. Taryn Forrelli, ND
You know that a diet rich in calcium is important
for building and maintaining strong, healthy bones. You also know that
like most Americans, you probably don’t get enough calcium from your
diet. (Most Americans consume on average 600 milligrams a day.) Since
the daily recommended calcium intake for adults is 1,000 to 1,300
milligrams, supplementation of the remaining 400-700 milligrams makes
good sense. What doesn’t make sense is the form of calcium found in
most calcium supplements: limestone. Disguised as USP calcium
carbonate, taking conventional calcium supplements is basically the
equivalent of eating rocks.
It is no wonder, then, that upon eating rocks some
people’s kidneys make rocks or “stones”. More common side effects
associated with calcium carbonate are gas and constipation. On top of
that, since calcium carbonate is a very dense molecule with a small
surface area, it requires a lot of stomach acid to dissolve and
release the elemental calcium. Given that less stomach acid is
produced with age, the calcium in calcium carbonate is not very
bio-accessible for the people who need it most. Furthermore, by using
up or “neutralizing” stomach acid when taken with food (think Tums®),
it can also interfere with the absorption of other nutrients requiring
stomach acid for absorption, like vitamin B12 and iron. Other forms of
calcium, such as calcium citrate, may be better tolerated and
absorbed, but they still fail to deliver calcium in the complex
organic form humans were designed to eat – living whole food!
Whole foods naturally provide the perfect delivery
system for the nutrients the body requires. Where as most supplements
deliver single, isolated molecules, such as calcium carbonate, food
sources of calcium provide other nutrients and co-factors that enhance
its bioavailability and bone-strengthening effects.* Magnesium, for
instance, functions alongside calcium to give bones their physical
structure, and low levels are associated with low bone density. Trace
minerals, like silica, vanadium, boron and strontium, have also been
shown to be essential for normal growth and development of skeletons
in humans and animals. Although they are minor building components,
they play important functional roles in bone metabolism and turnover.*
On the vitamin front, a growing body of research has demonstrated the
critical roles vitamin K and vitamin D play in bone metabolism.
Vitamin K is required for the production of a bone protein that keeps
calcium in the bones and out of the arteries, while vitamin D
regulates calcium uptake and utilization by the bones. Hence, the
ideal bone-strengthening supplement would contain whole food sources
of calcium, magnesium, trace minerals, vitamin D and vitamin K.
Bone Strength Take Care, a new whole-food supplement formulated by
master herbalist, Paul Schulick, to support healthy bone metabolism.*
The product features a marine plant called Algas calcareas (AlgaeCal)
that is sustainably harvested from clean, protected waters off the
coast of South America. A unique feature of this plant is that calcium
represents 30% of its chemical make-up. It is also rich in magnesium
and dozens of other trace minerals, including strontium, vanadium,
boron and silica. So, the full-spectrum of crucial bone-building
minerals is present. More importantly, they are delivered in a very
bioaccessible form. Scanning electron microscope images of the calcium
in AlgaeCal reveal it to be very porous in nature. In other words,
unlike calcium carbonate, it has a large surface area, so very little
stomach acid is required to dissolve it. In fact, dissolution tests
mimicking stomach conditions have shown that 97% of the calcium in
AlgaeCal dissolves in 30 minutes, proving it to be very bioaccessible.
Further testing demonstrated that over 75% of the calcium in AlgaeCal
is actually absorbed versus only 43% in yogurt, a food considered to
be an excellent source of calcium.
Based on these facts alone, one could easily argue
that AlgaeCal is the perfect bone nourishing food.* But what really
sealed the deal for Schulick, who bases all of his formulations on
solid scientific evidence, were the preliminary results of a recently
completed clinical trial on AlgaeCal. Bone scans from post-menopausal
women who had been taking AlgaeCal for six months revealed an
annualized increase in bone density of 2.4%. These results are
especially impressive when you consider that most clinical studies
using calcium carbonate show only a slowing of bone loss and no actual
gains in density.
Bone Strength Take Care, Schulick added whole-food forms of
vitamin K and vitamin D: vitamin K2 (MK7) extracted from the
traditional Asian fermented soy food, natto, and vitamin D3, the
biologically active form of vitamin D, created using
New Chapter’s signature dual-stage probiotic culturing technology.
Delivering therapeutic quantities of nutrients
important for bone health in the form of whole foods is a true
innovation for the dietary supplement industry.
Bone Strength Take Care by New Chapter is the ideal choice for
individuals seeking aggressive nutritional support for bone health in
the form Mother Nature intended.* Each serving (3 tablets) delivers
685 mg of elemental calcium, 200 mg of elemental magnesium, 800 IU of
vitamin D3 and dozens of synergistic trace minerals. With
Bone Strength Take Care, there is finally a sensible and
clinically effective whole-food approach to supplementing the extra
calcium everybody needs.
For more information on Bone Strength Take Care by New Chapter, Click
Note: The content provided in this article is intended
for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to
take the place of professional medical advice. You are encouraged to
consult with your medical health care provider regarding any health
concern or health-related condition you may have.
* These statements have not been evaluated by
the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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