Did you know that approximately 500 million people worldwide are suffering from osteoporosis?
According to the latest statistics, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 years old experience osteoporosis fractures.
This is a critical problem because falls and fractures are the main reasons elderly people become incapacitated. People with osteoporosis often don’t recover from falls and fractures.
And this is mainly due to long-term deficiencies in essential nutrients for bone growth and development.
One way to reduce your risk of having osteoporosis is getting enough calcium in your diet by eating foods rich in calcium and taking supplements.
Bone supplements must do this!
If you're buying a supplement with calcium in it, look for clinical studies showing that the calcium in their supplement is eﬃciently utilized for bone formation rather than hype about how quickly it gets into the bloodstream.
Bone is not built with calcium alone. Bone contains significant amounts of magnesium along with the trace minerals zinc, copper and manganese.
Magnesium allows your bones to absorb calcium more readily, which is why it's the perfect complement to calcium in supplements. It supports bone metabolism and helps to strengthen bones by aiding calcium incorporation into bone.
In a randomized, controlled, two-year trial, a supplement containing manganese, copper, and zinc in combination with a calcium supplement was found to be more effective than the calcium supplement alone in preventing spinal bone loss.
You may not know this but vitamin D is essential for bone formation as it promotes the absorption of calcium into the bloodstream. But recent research has shown that vitamin K is also crucial to bone formation.
What's the difference between Shaklee's OsteoMatrix and Chewable Cal Mag Plus?
You'll notice in the chart below that the two products are similar in terms of nutrient delivery per serving, but OsteoMatrix has vitamin K and the amount of magnesium is more. Cal Mag is a chewable which may be easier for you to take than a swallowable tablet. Both are best to take with a meal for good absorption, and servings can be divided across two or three meals.
Our nutritional scientist, Dr. Bruce Daggy, covered why bones need more than calcium, what experts recommend for healthy bones, and much more in our Better Bones webcast. You can watch the replay here.
He also answered 5 important bone health questions in this video.
Thanks for reading, and here's to better bones!
Jody on behalf of Your Shaklee Team