For the maintenance of bone growth and health, a very important factor is the availability of key dietary nutrients, especially calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. The interrelationship of these nutrients in bone health is still a relatively new understanding with fresh discoveries occurring regularly.
Emerging research continues to not only validate the necessity and synergistic effects of these nutrients to bone health, but is more importantly, demonstrating their benefits in other aspects of health as well.
Essential Together For Everyone’s Bones!
In a “pooled analysis” study, published in the January 2010 issue of the British Medical Journal, data from nearly 70,000 participants showed that not only are calcium and vitamin D needed together for bone health, but neither work well alone. The combination of calcium and vitamin D reduced fractures by 8% and hip-fractures by 16% while vitamin D on its own did not work. UC Davis Professor, John Robbins states, “This study supports a growing consensus that combined calcium and vitamin D is more effective than vitamin D alone in reducing a variety of fractures.” That’s why it makes great sense to supplement with both NEOLIFE’s Cal-Mag and NEOLIFE’s Vitamin A & D daily.
Magnesium deficiency has also been implicated in a reduction in bone mass and an increase in bone fragility. With more than two-thirds of Americans failing to achieve magnesium sufficiency some researchers now believe magnesium insufficiency is a major contributor to bone density loss.
Normally, bone density decreases by 3 to 8% per year in the early years of menopause, and increases during that time are unusual. Data published in the November 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric society found that women in early menopause who were given 250 to 750 mg of magnesium per day for one year had an increase in bone mineral density in 71% of cases.
Additionally, in December 2006, researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine showed that daily supplementation with 300 mg of magnesium in girls, aged 8 to 14, resulted in significant increases in bone mineral content in just one year. This is particularly important as more than one-third of adult bone mass is created during puberty and if this opportunity is missed, the body may never catch up.
In 1999, researchers showed that chronically low blood levels of potassium and calcium may actually be attributed to magnesium deficiency, prompting researchers to conclude that magnesium supplements could help correct potassium and calcium deficiencies.
Looking Beyond Bone Health
Here’s a quick look at some of the latest findings for these three nutritional powerhouses.
Though most people will only associate calcium in the diet with bone health, scientists and medical professionals know it is critical for much more than just maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Calcium is essential for the electrolytic equilibrium and for the function of numerous regulatory mechanisms. NEOLIFE has understood the importance of calcium supplementation for many years.
Some benefits that calcium offer are:
Muscle Contraction: When calcium is not present in sufficient quantities in the body muscle cramping can become frequent. The connection is so well established that taking calcium supplements before bed time, is a common and effective way to prevent most night-time muscle cramping.
Cardiovascular Function: Calcium is known to play a direct role in cardiovascular structure and supports the circulatory system and the heart.
Calcium is also essential for other critical body functions such as the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and transmitting impulses throughout the nervous system.
Research continues to validate the importance of magnesium to multiple biochemical and physiological functions in the body. Magnesium is an essential body electrolyte and is a co-factor in numerous enzymatic processes.
Heart Function: Magnesium is known to play a direct role in cardiovascular structure and supports the function of the circulatory system and the heart.
Nervous System: Magnesium helps maintain healthy nervous system metabolism.
Also… Magnesium helps the body in the utilisation and metabolism of proteins. Additionally, magnesium plays an important role in the metabolism and the conversion of fats and carbohydrates to energy.
First discovered by Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus a German chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1928 for his work on sterols and their relation to vitamins. Vitamin D is unique among nutrients as it is the only nutrient considered a “prohormone”, meaning it is the precursor of a hormone… though it has essentially no hormonal activity of its own. There are two forms; vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is the form made by plants from the natural sterol ergosterol while D3 is made in the skin of humans and animals from a natural form of cholesterol (7-dehydrocholesterol) and exposure to UVB rays from sunlight. Both forms are active in humans.
Some medical experts believe that we are suffering through a vitamin D deficiency “crisis.” Sunlight is a primary source of vitamin D. But, because of the growing awareness of skin cancer risk from sunlight exposure, the trend towards decreasing exposure to sunlight is leaving many of us without optimal levels of vitamin D. The December 2009 issue of the Harvard Heart letter endorsed vitamin D supplementation that delivers 800 to 1 000IU as the “simplest way” to assure your daily diet contains adequate vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiencies are prevalent in as much as 50% of the population.
Researchers in Scotland reported in the July 2005 issue of the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion that in essentially every (97.8%) hip fracture case they investigated (548), the patients were deficient, often severely, in vitamin D.
In about 25% of the subjects, vitamin D levels were too low to detect accurately. In their report, the researchers concluded that vitamin D represents a correctable risk factor for bone fragility as we age, particularly as it relates to the risk of hip fracture.
Some Great Benefits that Vitamin D offers
Helps maintain good vision.
Promotes healthy clear skin, nails and hair. Essential if you want to look fantastic.
Assists in bone and teeth development and maintenance, keeping them hard and strong.
Vitamin D is also fat soluble and it can be acquired either by ingestion or by exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is best utilized when taken with Vitamin A.
NEOLIFE Offers Vitamin D in its outstanding Nutritional, NEOLIFE’s Vitamin A & D (which contains 400IU of Vitamin D supplement.