The Bone Ultimatum
By Garden of Life Health Writers
Bone Loss is a
Healthy adults—especially women over 40—can expect to
experience normal bone loss. Adults lose approximately between .5
percent and 1 percent of their bone mineral density every year. While
that doesn’t sound like much, years of losing a seemingly small
percentage of bone mineral density adds up, and if left unchecked,
osteoporosis can occur.
Currently, osteoporosis leads to 1.5 million fractures
per year, mostly in the hip, spine and wrist, according to the National
Institutes of Health. The condition afflicts more than 44 million
Americans—68 percent of them older women. For women, bone loss
accelerates during and after menopause to about 5 percent for five to
seven years, and then returns to 1-2 percent per year. Simply put, women
could lose a significant percent of their bone mass during their
menopausal years alone. Additionally, one in three women past the age of
50 will suffer a vertebral fracture because her bones are brittle.
Shrinking height is also a revealing sign of osteoporosis. Those 50 or
older are at greater risk of osteoporosis, but there are steps that can
help reduce that risk.
In 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General rocked the medical
community. America’s top doctor at the time, Richard H. Carmona, M.D.,
released the 2004 Bone Health Report, which warned that if we don’t
change our lifestyle habits by 2020, half of American citizens older
than 50 years of age would be at risk of osteoporosis or low bone mass.
We tend to think of bone health as it relates to the
elderly, but bone health—and more appropriately bone mineral loss—should
be a concern at all ages of life. So, if you are over 30, the age that
is associated with end of the “bone growth” stage of life and the onset
of normal age-related bone mineral loss, then the Surgeon General’s
report should be particularly alarming to you. Thankfully, Dr. Carmona
and his team of medical experts laid out a three-part plan to address
the alarming trends described in this report.
The plan includes improved diet, exercise and health
literacy. Particular attention was paid to calcium and vitamin D. The
FDA concurs—evidenced by its approved health claim—that adequate
vitamin D intake, when combined with physical activity and a
healthful diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Of course, many people looking to boost their bone
health choose to supplement their diets. It is in this area that one of
the most common myths associated with bone health is found.
The Calcium Myth
If you want healthy bones, all you need is calcium,
right? That is the sum total of many people’s knowledge of bone health
nutrition. Thousands of manufacturers of calcium supplements would
happily have you believe that first statement. That alone should make
you wary. When thousands of companies profit from a single widely-held
belief, it’s probably time to question that belief.
Here is the truth. No calcium supplement, taken in the
absence of other vitamins and minerals and without proper diet and
exercise, has ever been proven in clinical studies to help you
strengthen bones. The best that can be said is that calcium
supplementation helps slow down or stop bone loss. While slowing bone
loss is a great goal, it’s a far cry from making them stronger and
healthier by increasing bone mineral density.
As you will learn, there are several factors that go
into actually building bone mineral density or growing bone. The source
of your calcium is a key factor. Did you know that most calcium
supplements are ground-up rocks or oyster shells? Of equal importance to
the source of calcium are a host of other vitamins, minerals and trace
elements that help calcium achieve its ultimate goal in the body.
The Grow Bone System
There is good news on the horizon, however, for the
millions of women and men looking to support healthy, strong bones.
Garden of Life is proud to introduce their new
Vitamin Code Grow Bone
RAW Calcium and Growth Factor S.
Far from “just another calcium supplement” intended to
reduce the risk of osteoporosis, the Grow Bone System is intended to
stimulate bone growth, increase bone strength and bone mineral density.
Vitamin Code RAW Calcium in the
Grow Bone system
is a patented form of marine algae known as algas calcareas.sp, which is
sustainably harvested by hand off the pristine shores of remote South
America. It is picked up in knee-deep ocean waters, rinsed in fresh
water, dried in the sun, and then milled at low temperatures into a
powder. This is the only raw, organic plant form of calcium that Garden
of Life has ever found.
Sun-drenched and teeming with life, our bodies thrive
on the nutrition that plants provide. The same will never be said of
rocks. Additionally, and of particular importance for bone health, when
you take a plant-form calcium supplement, you’re getting far more than
just calcium. The consumption of bone-building co-factor minerals such
as magnesium, silica, boron, vanadium and strontium have all been linked
to healthy bones. And all of them are naturally occurring in the RAW
Calcium algas calcareas.sp.
In addition to the raw, plant-formed calcium,
Code RAW Calcium also contains a host of other raw vitamins and minerals
as well as live probiotics and enzymes.
Raw Vitamin D3, an important
bone-building vitamin, is included in the amount of 1,600 IU per
serving. Vitamin D3 is vital to bone health and acts as a hormone to
increase the absorption of calcium by up to 80%.
Emerging research has also shown that vitamin K2 has
important bone-health implications by ensuring that calcium gets to the
bones where it belongs and not in the arteries, where calcium doesn’t
belong. One thing you may want to note where vitamin K2 is concerned is
that there are two forms generally available in most supplements: MK-4
and MK-7. Vitamin Code RAW Calcium uses the MK-7 form, which is absorbed
faster than MK-4.
The second formula in the Grow Bone System is
Code Growth Factor S, which is a combination of strontium, a critical
bone-building mineral, and probiotics, enzymes and raw organic fruits
Clinical trials conducted on strontium found it most
effective at 680 mg per day—the same amount contained in Growth Factor
S. It has been 5 years since the Surgeon General’s warning about the
state of bone health in our nation. Isn’t it time we started taking it
seriously? If you want the best for your body, try Vitamin Code Grow
Bone System—the ultimate support for stronger, healthier bones.
Take the Grow Bone Challenge and be sure to also eat a
diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, and chances are that by 2020, no
matter what your age, you’ll be more likely to have strong, healthy
Clinical Studies = Confidence
In a six-month randomized, open-label human clinical
study, 176 women and men ages 18 to 85 consumed the ingredients in the
Grow Bone System and followed a healthy eating plan and walking program.
In just six months, participants experienced on average a statistically
significant INCREASE in bone mineral density as evidenced by before and
after full-body DEXA scans.
For more information on the Vitamin Code Grow Bone
System, click here.
Note: This product is for normal age-related bone
loss. It is not intended to treat Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
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