The table below shows the Osteoporosis Nutrients.
|Bone Defense from KAL||As directed on label.||Contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and other valuable bone-reinforcing nutrients.|
JCTH from Right Foods
|As directed on label.||A combination formula that contains almost all of the nutrients mentioned in this table.|
Osteo-B Plus from Biotics Research
|As directed on label.||Contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals.|
|3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount.||Improves calcium absorption. Note: If you are taking a complex containing boron, omit this supplement.|
|Calcium||Women under 50 and men under 65: 1,200 mg daily. Women over 50 and men over 65: 1,500-2,000 mg daily.||Necessary for maintaining strong bones. Injections (under a doctor’s supervision) may be needed.|
|Copper||3 mg daily.||Aids in the formation of bone.|
|Floradix Iron+ Herbs from Salus Haus||As directed on label.||Provides organic iron and other nutrients needed for optimum health. Postmenopausal women usually do not need supplemental iron.
Caution: Only use after checking with your health care provider.
|Glucosamine plus chondroitin||As directed on label.||Nutrients necessary for the development of bone and connective tissue.|
|Magnesium||1,000 mg daily.||Important in calcium’uptake.|
|Phosphorus||As directed on label.||Works with calcium to increase bone strength.|
|300-1,000 mg daily.||Needed to counteract high-acid diet. Shown to increase bone matrix, reduce calcium loss in the urine, and lower blood pressure.
Caution: Check with your health care provider before using these amounts.
|Silicia||As directed on label.||Supplies silicon, for calcium utilization and bone strength.|
|Soy isoflavones||As directed on label.||They have an estrogenic effect on the body. Estrogen promotes bone mass.|
|Ultra Osteo Synergy from American Biologics||As directed on label.||To support bone renewal.|
|Vitamin B complex plus extra||As directed on label.||Provides strength to protein in bone tissue and promotes the production of progesterone.|
|vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)||200 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount.|
|1,000-2,000 mcg daily.|
|As directed on label.||Needed for the absorption of calcium.|
|Vitamin K||As directed on label.||Essential for the production of bone protein.|
|L-lysine and L-arginine||As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.||Aid in calcium absorption and connective tissue strength.|
|Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) (OptiMSM from Cardinal Nutrition)||As directed on label. Do not exceed the recommended dose.||A natural sulfur compound found in foods and present in body tissues. It is used by the body to build healthy new cells. MSM provides the flexible bond between the cells and provides support for tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Use a capsule form for easier absorption.|
|Multienzyme complex with betaine hydrochloride (HCI) plus proteolytic enzymes||As directed on label. Take with meals.
As directed on label. Take between meals.
|Needed for proper absorption of calcium and all nutrients.
Note: Do not use a formula containing HCI if you have an ulcer or suffer from stomach acidity.
Vitamin A with mixed carotenoids
|25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 daily.||Important in retarding the aging process. Use emulsion forms for easier assimilation.|
|200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day.||Aids in the use of vitamin A and protects it from destruction by oxygen.
Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
|Zinc||50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.||Important for calcium uptake and immune function. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption. Needed to balance with zinc.|
|plus copper||3 mg daily|
|Chromium picolinate||400-600 mcg daily.||Improves insulin efficiency, which improves bone density.|
|As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 3,000 mg vitamin C for better absorption.||Good for bone pain.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.
|Kelp||2,000-3,000 mg daily.||A rich source of important minerals.|
|Manganese||As directed on label. Take separately from calcium.||Vital in mineral metabolism.|
|Multivitamin and mineral complex||As directed on label.||To supply essential minerals. Use a high-potency formula.|
|Trace mineral complex (Trace Supreme from International Health Products)||As directed on label.||Trace (also called micro) minerals are important for healthy bone formation.|
|Vitamin C with bioflavonoids||3,000 mg and up daily.||Important for collagen and connective tissue formation|
Alfalfa, barley grass, black cohosh, boneset, dandelion root, nettle, parsley, poke root, rose hips, and yucca help to build strong bones. Cautions: Do not use black cohosh if you are pregnant or have any type of chronic disease. Black cohosh should not be used by those with liver problems. Do not use boneset on a daily basis for more than one week, as long-term use can lead to toxicity.
Feverfew is good for pain relief and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Caution: Do not use feverfew when pregnant or nursing. People who take prescription blood-thinning medications should consult a health care provider before using feverfew, as the combination can result in internal bleeding.
Oat straw contains silica, which helps the body absorb calcium.
Red clover isoflavones may mimic the effects of estrogen by slowing the degenerative breakdown of bone mass.
Common herbs such as sage, rosemary, and thyme can inhibit the breakdown of bone that contributes to osteoporosis.
Caution: Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.
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