Bone Health

Lack of bone health (osteoporosis) is one of the leading healthcare issues now facing the United States population, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine. Osteoporosis increased 7-fold from 1994 through 2004, and ten years later, the condition continues to worsen. Office visits went from 1.3 million to 6.3 million in just ten years. The cost to both those suffering from this disease, and their families, is devastating. Even more serious, less than half the women with osteoporosis are diagnosed! 

Clearly, the dietary recommendations provided by the government and industry groups are not doing nearly enough to prevent the growing incidence of this disease. 

Promoting milk and dairy products as a good source of calcium and a positive factor in bone health is a highly deceptive marketing tactic without any scientific evidence to support such claims. And it comes at the expense of the unsuspecting public. 

Studies and statistics prove that dairy products offer a false sense of wellbeing. The countries with the highest intake of dairy also have the highest rate of osteoporosis! A study of 78,000 nurses showed that those who drank the most milk had more fractures than those that drank less. Another study established that those who supplemented with whey protein (made from milk) had significant bone loss. This Iowa University study showed that those who consumed milk proteins had an increased risk of osteoporosis over their lifetime. 

Calcium, which must be taken for bone health, is only one of several factors that impact bone health. Hormones, phosphorus, silica, boron, exercise, smoking, alcohol, prescription drugs, magnesium, vitamin K, and vitamin D, are all factors for osteoporosis. Diets rich in milk and animal protein actually contribute to bone loss. 

Another promoted fallacy is that calcium carbonate and other inorganic forms (such as oyster shells, dolomite, coral calcium, calcium hydroxyapatite, or Tums) can have a positive outcome on the incidence of osteoporosis. If that were true, and since these are sold by the millions, we would not have such an increase in the rate of this disease. 

Since the current recommendations and products are not working, it is apparent that a more scientific approach to bone health must be used to address this problem. One of the major issues is that the absorption rate for most of the products sold is so low that even in mega doses, we are not getting enough into our bodies, along with the other cofactors to improve bone health. For example, statistics show that 68% of Americans do not get enough calcium, and 75% do not get enough magnesium. 

The only way to effectively increase the absorption rate is to chelate (bind) an amino acid to calcium or magnesium. This in turn, creates an organic, chelated mineral whose absorption rate can be up to ten times as great as the minerals you are probably consuming now. Simply put, it is not what you consume but what the body absorbs, that really matters. 

Amino acids are building blocks and our intestinal tract has specific receptors that readily allow absorption into our bloodstream. Binding the essential minerals to the amino acid then allows their absorption into the bloodstream. 

(A word of caution about supplements - many manufacturers mix a protein that has amino acids in with minerals, and then call it chelated minerals. It is not, nor is it absorbed any better than the cheap calcium-type products so prevalent in the marketplace. Those suppliers with deceptive marketing practices are only concerned with profits, not your health. Buyer beware! A true, chelated mineral is actually bound to the amino acid in an organic bond by a sophisticated process using a chelsinator. Know what you are buying!) 

The key vitamins and minerals for bone health are calcium, magnesium, silica, boron, phosphorus, vitamin D, and vitamin K. 

Calcium and Magnesium – Numerous studies have shown that these need to be in equal ratios for optimal bone health, as well as for health in general. There is a direct correlation in coronary death rates by country as the ratio of calcium to magnesium gets higher. The closer the ratio is to one to one, the lower the death rate. Finland and the U.S. have the highest ratios, and the highest death rates. Japan has the lowest ratio, and the lowest incidence of coronary heart disease. The daily recommendation is 800mg to 1200mg of each. 

Vitamin D - Necessary for calcium absorption, and with an estimated 90% of Americans being deficit, you can understand why vitamin D should be a critical component of any bone health regimen. This vitamin also works with the parathyroid hormone PTH to regulate calcium levels in the blood. This means it controls the release of bone (calcium) into the bloodstream, as well as pulling calcium out to be used for bone. 

Vitamin K - In trace amounts, this vitamin plays a key role in conversion of minerals into healthy bone cells. Alfalfa is a great source of vitamin K. 

Silica - Silica intake is critical as it facilitates bone calcification and mineralization. It is essential for bones, collagen, ligaments, cartilage, connective tissue, and skin - virtually all of the body’s structural components. Silica is key in the functioning of the enzyme prolyhydroxylase which plays the key role in the formation of collagen in bones and cartilage. Studies show that fractured bones do not heal well with just calcium. Adding large doses of silica, along with some calcium, showed tremendous healing powers. 

When we are born, we have an abundance of silica and small amounts of calcium, and our body is very flexible. As we age, we lose silica and gain calcium by ratio. The soft tissue becomes stiff and loses elasticity. We become calcified. Supplementing with silica is a true anti-aging regimen, as well as being necessary for bone health. Silica plays an extremely positive role in other aspects of our health, whereas a deficit of silica contributes to several serious diseases, including atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s. 

Boron – This element may retard bone loss. Bones have osteoclasts which break down old and damaged bone cells, while osteoblasts work to replace the lost bone. Osteoporosis occurs when the body cannot build new bone cells as fast as the old bone cells are torn down. In women, the osteoclasts break down bone much faster after menopause, which is why women have a higher rate of osteoporosis then men. 

Enerex successfully created the Osteo formula, scientifically proven to be the best supplement of its type on the market today. No other product has combined all the proven nutrients into one supplement.