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Building Bone Density – Young Bones Have Bone Strength & Flexibility

By Michael Mooney | Osteo Health

Apr 10

Building Bone Density and Re-Building Young, Flexible Bones
One of the biggest problems to resolve when addressing bone as we age is that bone must be more than strong. It must also be flexible with the right density so that it is doesn’t fracture when it sustains impact. Bone literally bounces better when it is healthy. In part, this is because about 30% of healthy bone is spongy, rubbery collagen, the same rubbery material that is abundant in discs, tendons and smooth, unwrinkled skin. Collagen is the “glue” that holds the body together.

Note:
One of the secrets to smoothing out facial wrinkles without using Botox® is to have healthy production of collagen in the body or to take a good hydrolyzed collagen supplement. Important to know – bone is constantly being broken down and re-built. About every seven years our bodies have re-built all of our bones. The re-building process is critically important, so supplying all the nutrients that accomplish building proper bone density and bone strength is critical to having youthful flexible bones.

Death By Fracture
Having brittle bones is one of the rarely spoken about issues that greatly increases the rate of death, two times for older women and three times for men 45 and older for up to ten years after a fracture.[1] In fact, we can see how important bone strength is for age reversal, especially when one considers wanting to enjoy sports throughout our lifetime and to be able to enjoy sporting activities like a child or with one’s children and even grandchildren.

So what supplements improve bone strength, bone density, and flexibility?

The Best of the Best
There are numerous great formulas on the market, with some featuring expensive forms of the minerals, which causes the product to cost a lot or the potencies of the ingredients are kept low so that the company makes a good profit margin.

Potencies must be optimal to give us optimal bone health no matter what form of the nutrient is used, according to independently published studies. Our pick as the most comprehensive formula that also features optimal potencies, while it requires taking the least number of tablets is Calcium Blend by SuperNutrition. (I must divulge that I participated in creating Calcium Blend’s science-based formula. Please review the scientific basis for the formula by clicking here.) 

To get the recommended amount of calcium per day, 1,000 – 1,200 mg, most formulas require 4 to 6 tablets because both calcium and magnesium can take up a lot of tablet space. Calcium Blend provides optimal science-based potencies of calcium, magnesium and ten other nutrients that each improve either bone density or bone strength, the ability to absorb impact without fracturing, in only three tablets. The right combination of all these bone-healthy nutrients provides significantly better bone quality and stronger, more flexible bones than just taking calcium with magnesium, which is generally found on drugstore shelves.

As a second choice, if you can’t get SuperNutrition’s Calcium Blend, Jarrow Formula’s Bone-Up is another great formula, but it has been one of the many formulas that require taking 6 capsules a day.

However, Jarrow, as an excellent company that responds to consumer demand is now making a Bone-Up Three-Per Day-day.

However, comparing Bone-Up Three-Per-Day to Calcium Blend we see that Calcium Blend has higher nutrient potencies and more bone-building nutrients, including 180 mcg of vitamin K2 (MK-7). Calcium Blend contains all of the shortlist of “best” nutrients that have been shown in thousands of studies to produce more age reversal effects for healthier bones.

                       Jarrow Bone Up

               SuperNutrition Calcium Blend


The Science Behind Building Bone Density and Bone Strength

These are the ingredients and potencies of the bone healthy nutrients in Calcium Blend, along with the scientific references that support them at the specific potencies in the formula.

Compare it to any other formula on the market and see how much more it provides than even the best other formulas on the market. Bone-Up by Jarrow Formulas is a great, highly effective 6-capsule-a-day formula. However, Calcium Blend provides more effective nutrient potencies in only three tablets.

  1. Calcium – 1,250 mg.  Calcium (1,000 mg), zinc (15 mg), manganese (5 mg), and copper (2.5 mg) increased bone density 5 percent better than placebo in this 2-year study.[2] A two-year placebo-controlled study of post-menopausal women showed 3% increased bone density when they took 1,000 mg of calcium carbonate per day.[3]  A placebo-controlled study showed that when pregnant women who got less than 600 mg of daily dietary calcium took 1,200 mg of calcium per day or more they had babies with 15% better total body bone mineral content.[4]   Health Tip: Taking calcium in the middle or at the end of a meal can improve absorption as much as 30%.[5]
  1. Magnesium – 700 mg.
    Doses from 250 mg to 750 mg/day have been shown to improve trabecular bone density 1-8% in postmenopausal women.[6]
  2. Vitamin D3 – 2,000 IU.
    1,000 IU, combined with calcium, reduced the risk of spinal fracture by 26%.[7]  Optimal vitamin D supplementation can improve calcium absorption as much as 65% for those with low blood levels of vitamin D.[8]  Vitamin D improves muscle function and strength. That’s why 800 IU per day reduced the risk of falls that cause fractures for seniors by 72%.[9]   Health Tip: Get an “OH-vitamin D” blood test three months after you start taking a specific dose, to make sure you’re taking the correct amount. Optimal “OH-vitamin D” is said to be 40 to 80 ng/mL.[10]
  3. Vitamin C – 1,000 mg.
    In a 3-year study, postmenopausal women who took 1,000 mg/day had 5% greater spinal bone density than women who took 500 mg.[11]  Vitamin C stimulates the production of bone collagen,[12] which gives bone its flexibility and ability to absorb impact That’s one reason that higher supplemental vitamin C intake has been shown to reduce the rate of bone fractures in seniors.[13]
  4. Zinc – 30 mg.
    Zinc (15 mg) with calcium, manganese (5 mg) and copper (2.5 mg) increased bone density 5% better than placebo for postmenopausal women.[14]
  5. Boron – 3 mg.
    3 mg/day improved calcium and magnesium retention in the body and improved blood levels of bone-building hormones.[15]
  6. Manganese – 10 mg.
    Zinc with calcium (1,000 mg), manganese (5 mg) & copper increased bone density 5% better than placebo for postmenopausal women. [13]
  7. Iron – 25 mg.
    Supplementation with more than 20 mg/day when combined with 800 to 1200 mg of calcium was associated with greater bone density in five types of bone in postmenopausal women.[16]
  8. Vitamin K1 – 80 mcg.
    Combined with vitamin D3, 80 mcg/day reduced the potential for bone loss & bone fractures.[17]
  9. Vitamin K2 (MK-7) – 100 mcg.
    Vitamin K2 (MK-7) improves carboxylation of osteocalcin (for better bone density) about three times better than vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 (MK-7) also activates matrix GLA protein, which guides calcium away from soft tissue, such as arteries, and into bones and teeth, while lasting in the blood stream much longer than vitamin K1. Vitamin K1 has a half-life of 1-2 hours, where the half-life of vitamin K2 (MK7) is about 3 days.[18]
  10. Copper – 2.5 mg.
    Copper with calcium, manganese and zinc increased bone density 5% better than placebo for postmenopausal women. [13]
  11. Folic Acid – 400 mcg.
    While it was previously thought that folic acid improved bone mineral density by reducing homocysteine, this five-year study of 161 women showed that higher folate blood levels were associated with better bone mineral density independently of homocysteine.[19]

Calcium Blend’s high-fiber tablets dissolve in water in 25 to 45 minutes, and disintegrate optimally in the stomach, even for those that have poor digestion.

Taking a collagen supplement is beneficial, too. Therefore, we list a favorite grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen supplement below.

One other important consideration is having a knowledgeable doctor test your hormones, which also have a large impact on bone health. For men, testosterone is bone-trophic (grows bone). That men typically have about ten times as much testosterone as women is one reason that men don’t have the same problem with the loss of bone density that women have.

However, ageing men begin to experience lower testosterone production as early as age 25, but generally more like age 40, with an attendant decrease in muscle and bone. We will produce an article about hormone health in the future.

When Less Is More

For those that are concerned about whether we are giving you the “best” type of calcium or other minerals I have written an entire educational series that clears up the calcium citrate versus calcium carbonate controversy and confirms why calcium carbonate easily gives you the most usable calcium for the money in the least amount of tablets while it still promotes optimal bone age reversal. 

The  carefully calculated choices of mineral carriers work for optimal delivery that takes up the least tablet space to give you more “bang for the buck” in less tablets.

For instance, while magnesium oxide is questioned as being effective by some, analysis of published data show that it is does deliver magnesium to the cells in the body at about 2 1/2 less cost than magnesium citrate while requiring half as much tablet space.

You can read an analysis of magnesium cost versus space at: Cost of Magnesium With Different Carriers.

The question is simply do you want to take less tablets or more. The majority answer is “I want to take less tablets.”

Therefore, we are careful to mathematically evaluate what serves your wishes optimally and delivers nutrition that supports your optimum bone age reversal and a happier day.

Disclosure: I helped formulate Calcium Blend when I worked with SuperNutrition.

Testimonial From Holly B., San Rafael, CA:
“I’m female, blond, blue-eyed and small, the primary physical type that generally has low bone density as we grow to be past 40 years old. When I was in my ‘40s I had a full lying-down bone density test. The doctor was quite surprised that I tested so well. I attribute in great part my healthy bones with taking SuperNutrition’s Calcium Blend. It might be the most complete bone density formula made. I’ve worked at a top-selling health food store for years and customers kept coming back for Calcium Blend. In fact, we typically would sell 27 bottles a month. It covers bases that other formulas don’t. For instance, it is the only formula on the market with a full 180 mcg if vitamin K2 (MK-7) which helps place calcium in bones. That, along with the  superior potencies of each of the nutrients makes Calcium Blend stand out as “go-to” product that makes life simpler for any woman with bone density problems. You won’t need to buy other products. The cost is the excellent too, as is typical of all SuperNutrition products. And it comes in just three tablets, where most of the other good bone products require taking six tablets a day. Calcium Blend provides a truly science-based amount of calcium combined, in balance, with 11 other bone-density nutrients. Each is provided in their own full potencies. Also considered should be the scientific background, the “why” behind a formula. Science is one of the things which SuperNutrition is famous for. I work selling products from the best supplement companies in the world. Calcium Blend stands out for its formulation, but also for uncompromised attention to details, which might be why consumers spread word of mouth and sell Calcium Blend to their friends, so sometimes people buy Calcium Blend without even talking to me. It virtually sells itself.” 

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References

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[8] Heaney RP et al. Calcium absorption varies within the reference range for serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D. J Am Col Nutr. April 2003 22(2):142-146.
[9] Broe KE et al. A higher dose of vitamin D reduces the risk of falls in nursing home residents: A randomized, multiple-dose study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 55:234-239, 2007.
[10] http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/testing-for-vitamin-d/
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[16] Harris MM et al. Dietary iron is associated with bone mineral density in healthy postmenopausal women. J Nutr 133;3598-3602, 2003.
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About the Author

At 65 years of age, Michael has been studying health and ageing for almost 50 years. After experiencing re-growth and darkening of his own hair, as confirmed by numerous friends, caused by experimentation with specific nutrients, he has also experienced a tremendous reduction in facial wrinkles because of the use of various nutritional supplements, biological peptides, botanicals and a specific whole foods diet. Michael further experienced tremendous improvements in his long-term and short-term memory with nootropics.

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