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What is the Importance of Bone & Joint Health?

It is estimated that between 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50 worldwide, suffer from the bone weakening disease known as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs when there is an imbalance between bone re-absorption (osteoclast cells) and bone formation (osteoblast cells). Bone is a living tissue that undergoes constant transformation. At any given moment there are from 1-10 million sites where small segments of old bone are being broken-down (reabsorbed) and new bone is being laid down to replace it. When more old bone is destroyed than new bone laid down, bone loss occurs.

Drug therapy may be appropriate for those individuals with advanced bone loss. But before starting on potentially dangerous drug therapy, at the first sign of bone loss patients need to be educated on the role nutrition plays in ensuring optimal bone health. There are at least 18 key bone-building nutrients essential for optimal bone health. Vitamins D, E, C, B12, K, folic acid and minerals including boron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc are needed for proper bone production and restoration. All of these nutrients have been shown to reduce and in some cases restore optimal bone mass. The majority of osteoporosis cases could be prevented. Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and rebuilt. Bone health is dependent upon routine weight bearing exercise, healthy habits (no smoking, moderate alcohol, caffeine, and sugar consumption, etc.) and an intricate interplay of more than a dozen nutrients.

MicroCrystalline Hydroxyapatite Concentrate or MCHC is a complex crystalline compound composed primarily of calcium, phosphorous, organic factors and protein matrix, bone-derived growth factors, and a full spectrum of trace minerals that naturally comprise healthy bone. MCHC has long been recognized as an optimal source of bone building nutrients.

Recently the trace mineral strontium has been utilized to help maintain strong bone tensile strength. Strontium supports healthy osteoblast differentiation, osteoblast collagen formation, and balanced osteoclast activity. While strontium builds strong bones, it competes with calcium in uptake through the calcium transport mechanisms. So while taking strontium, adequate calcium should be maintained and strontium should not be taken at the same time as calcium.

Finally, vitamin D-3 is an essential nutrient for proper bone support. Vitamin D promotes intestinal calcium and phosphorous absorption and reduces urinary calcium loss, essential mechanisms for maintaining proper calcium levels in the body and for healthy bone composition. The RDA for vitamin D-3 is 800iu/day. However, a significant body of medical literature suggest that figure may be too low and higher levels of supplemental D-3 are commonly recommended.

We stock the following supplements:

  • Strontium Citrate 200 mg
  • Calcium and Magnesium Plus
  • Vitamin D 5,000 IU
  • Magnesium 200 mg
  • Vitamin K2