Posts tagged ‘osteoporosis’

January 8, 2013

Is Your Calcium Supplement Extracted From Rocks? How Would You Know?

You know you need calcium to build strong bones and teeth but there are so many to choose from it’s hard to know which is the best.  You may have heard that taking chewable antacids is a great way to get your daily calcium.  That would be false.  You may have heard that oyster shell calcium is a great form of calcium.  That would also be false.  Or one of my favorites is that calcium carbonate has the most elemental weight of all calcium.  This one is true, but rocks tend to be heavy.  Calcium carbonate is extracted from rock.  It is the least expensive and most readily available supplemental wise, but carbonate is the least effective from of calcium and should be avoided.

Let’s explore the many ways your body uses calcium.  (it’s not all about bone health).

Calcium’s Role in The Body:

  • Builds and maintains bone and teeth
  • Regulates heart rhythm
  • Eases insomnia
  • Helps regulate the passage of nutrients in and out of cell walls
  • Assists in normal blood clotting
  • Helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer
  • Helps with normal kidney function
  • Synthesizes hormones and enzymes

Did you know that bone continues to grow in density until we are around 30-35 years old?  Within a couple of years, we begin to lose calcium from the bones.  This is universal among humans regardless of sex, race, occupation or economic status.  Because of this, people over 30 can require up to 67 percent more calcium than 16 year olds do.  To maintain good health, we need a calcium rich diet throughout our lives.

Our bones are our calcium reserves.  When there is not enough calcium in our blood streams to perform all of the other functions that calcium is responsible for, our parathyroid glands signal the release of calcium from the bones to keep serum levels stable.  Between 250 and 400 mgs of calcium are lost daily doing normal body functions.

If we take in more calcium than we lose then we have a positive calcium balance.  If we lose more than we take in, then the balance is negative.  A negative balance causes our bodies to go into stress mode triggering calcium being taken straight from the bones.  Since we are not usually aware that our bones are being stripped of calcium, this process can go unrecognized for years and osteoporosis is the dangerous result.

Keeping a positive calcium balance will also help keep you from getting kidney stones and calcium deposits.  Your kidneys actually need calcium to function properly.  If it is not supplied through diet, it is taken from the bones. When calcium is supplied to the body from the bones, it can actually cause kidney stones and calcium deposits.  The intake of adequate amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin B6 is crucial to the prevention of kidney stones.

Which Form of Calcium is Best?

Here’s what to look for in a supplement:

Calcium Carbonate:  (inc. oyster shell) Least effective form. Should be avoided.  Encourages acidemia (too alkaline), bone loss, kidney stones, calcium deposits & bone spurs. Interferes with digestion. Molecules are too large to be utilized effectively.  High lead levels.

Calcium Asparatate:  Combination of calcium and aspartic acid which transports calcium to proper body sites for specific functions.  Readily absorbed by the body and has the dual advantage of releasing calcium and aspartic acid into the blood stream.  Easily absorbed, assimilated, and utilized.

Calcium Chelate:  Calcium bound with vegetable protein for better absorption in the small intestine and easy release into the blood.  Highly absorbable and is retained longer in the body.

Calcium Citrate:  Highly soluble, calcium bound to vitamin C.  Won’t cause kidney or gall stones or reduce acidity.
Great pick!

Calcium Lactate: Highly soluble calcium bound with lactic acid.  Aids absorption in the small intestines.

Hydroxyapetite: (micro-crystalline):  Whole bone matrix extract.  Does not get heated or treated with chemical solvents.  Extremely bioavailable form.  Exceptional absorption and utilization.  Prevents bone loss and restores mineral content to bone.  A wise choice for those at risk for Osteoporosis.

Calcium isn’t the only thing keeping your bones strong.  Calcium needs help if it’s going to get into your bones.  You need to make sure that what you buy is going to work!  It needs to have adequate amounts of magnesium & vitamin D for absorption.

Bone Strength Take Care has consistently been one of Baum’s Best Selling Calcium Supplements!  The tablets are small, easy to swallow and easy to break if you need to. The dosage is just 3 per day, one with lunch, two with dinner, and you’re done!
We are excited to be able to offer the 120 size at 25% off this month!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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March 1, 2012

Could an Unattended Fire Be Spreading Throughout Your Body Causing Disease?

We’ve all heard of inflammation, but few of us really know what it is and what causes it. Inflammation is a natural process of the body, a protective mechanism the body uses against trauma. Think of when you take a bad fall, you get bruised and pain arises. The immune system sends out an army of chemical substances to go to the injured area. That is why that area gets red and inflamed for a few days. Inflammation becomes problematic when it starts becoming chronic.

  Just as the plants in your garden need a good mixture of sun and rain to thrive, we all need a measure of inflammation to survive. Acute inflammation is the short-term immune response our bodies mount in cases of trauma, infection, and allergy. Whether you have broken a bone, burned yourself on a hot stove, or been exposed to a foreign microorganism, the body is programmed to carry out a similar response. During this response, it will identify the infectious or dangerous substance, determine which cells are non-threatening and which ones are. Assess the level of the threat, mount a response, and repair any resulting damage. In a perfect world, this response occurs just as it should, releasing pro-inflammatory compounds when needed and then turning them off with anti-inflammatory compounds when the threat has been stamped out.

Chronic inflammation arises when this response is not completely turned off or extinguished. It acts like a slow-burning fire, continuing to stimulate pro-inflammatory immune cells when they may not be needed. What happens when these excess immune cells are circulating in our systems? Chronic inflammation can slowly spread and lead to serious metabolic breakdown, with vast implications for your long-term health. You may have heard that disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and eczema stem from inflammation. But chronic inflammation has now been connected to a host of modern diseases, from obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure, to Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, cancer, and a host of others; all being chronic and degenerative illnesses. Even biological aging, is rooted in chronic inflammation!

Are you inflamed?
Here is a list of symptoms commonly associated with low-grade chronic inflammation:

  • body aches and pains
  • congestion
  • frequent infections
  • diarrhea
  • dry eyes
  • Indigestion
  • shortness of breath
  • skin outbreaks
  • swelling
  • stiffness
  • weight gain/obesity

The good news is that there are so many things you can do to cool your inflammation — even if you’ve already been diagnosed with an inflammatory-related condition or have an elevated CRP.* Doing something about it now is one way to ensure aging with vitality and strength. Simple things like cutting back on dairy, red meat and soda, getting more sleep, regular exercise (without overdoing it), and supplementing with natural anti-inflammatories can  make a difference.

Natural anti-inflammatories:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids from fish or flax
  • Quercetin– great for allergies
  • Bromelain or other protein digesting enzymes
  • Resveratrol– anti-aging, protects against lung damage
  • Curcumin (Turmeric)- great for pain and swelling
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid– diabetic neuropathy, blood vessel protection.

Come in to Baum’s and check out our whole section of supplements that target inflammation of all kinds!  Why set yourself up for disease when you can get a handle on it now?!

*C-reactive protein: develops in a wide range of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions like bacterial, viral, or fungal infections; rheumatic and other inflammatory diseases; malignancy; and tissue injury or necrosis.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

September 29, 2011

Osteoporosis Drugs Are Making Headlines,

 But Not In A Good Way.

  • USA Today:  A popular group of drugs used to slow bone loss may be putting some patients at an increased risk of fractures if taken for more than five years.
  • Two studies report the bones of some postmenopausal women who take bisphosphonate’s (Actonel, Boniva, Fosamax, Reclast) to ward off osteoporosis can stop rejuvenation and become brittle.
  • The drugs are effective initially in slowing bone loss, says Joseph Lane, chief of metabolic bone disease service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. After reviewing biopsies of women who had atypical fractures of the femur, he found the quality of bone diminished after long-term bisphosphonate use.  “Normally, bone is a distribution of young bone, middle-age bone and old bone,” he says.  “When we look at these bones, it’s all old bone.”

The FDA’s response is to investigate the possibility of a link between osteoporosis drugs and femur fractures. They stated that they would work with outside experts to gather more information….

Here is what we have been informed of through industry experts…

A couple of months before this report came out, we had a staff training on bone health and what it takes to actually grow bone.  What we were told is that Fosamax wraps a series of layers around bone, sort of like paper mache. It keeps old bone from “shedding off” to be replaced by new bone.  Going back to the quote from Joseph Lane: “When we look at these bones, IT’S ALL OLD BONE.”

Your bones may be becoming denser but they are becoming denser with old bone!  Old bone is brittle and when it breaks, it shatters.   It’s similar to comparing bamboo and chalk.  While chalk is heavy and dense, it is very brittle.  Bamboo on the other hand is very lightweight but extremely strong and flexible.

What You Didn’t Hear…

Healthy Bone vs Osteoporosis

Many individuals taking bisphosphonates like Fosamax have developed problems, including bone loss in the jaw, also known as osteonecrosis of the jaw. The symptoms of jaw osteonecrosis often include:

  • numbness
  • loose teeth
  • jaw pain
  • swelling
  • slow healing after injury or surgery involving the gums and gum infection

Most people taking Fosamax are more likely to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw if they have cancer or have been treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or steroids.

When you take Fosamax, you need to stand or sit upright for a minimum of 1/2 hour so that it does not break down anywhere near your esophagus because it has been shown to cause esophageal cancer.

Hyla Cass, MD noted in the Oct. 2009 issue of Taste for Life Magazine that “it is widely accepted in medical circles that these drugs build bone, but that bone is brittle and more prone to fracture than healthy bone built up through the right lifestyle choices.”  Increasingly, research is challenging the concept that bone density means stronger bones that are more resistant to fracture.

Here’s How You Can Build Bone Safely & Naturally!

Physical activities that include weight-bearing and resistance exercises are especially helpful to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Also, include exercises that promote balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength.  Bone building exercises include:

  • Bowling
  • Skating
  • Skiing
  • Dancing
  • Stair climbing
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Chin-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Elastic band exercises (also called resistance tubing)
  • Free weights
  • Weight machines
  • Pilates
  • Stretching
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga

**Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program or increasing the intensity of your current routine. This is most important if

you have or are at risk for osteoporosis.

Choose The Right Supplements!

The calcium myth: If all you want is healthy bones, all you need is calcium, right?  That is the sum total of many people’s knowledge of bone health, and many manufacturers of calcium supplements would happily have you believe that. Here is the truth. No calcium supplement, taken in the absence of other vitamins and minerals and without proper diet and exercise, has ever been proven in clinical studies to help you strengthen bones. The best that can be said is that calcium supplementation helps slow down or stop bone loss.  While slowing bone loss is a great goal, it’s a far cry from making them stronger and healthier by increasing bone mineral density.
Several factors go into actually building bone mineral density or growing bone.  The source of calcium is a key factor! So are a host of other vitamins, minerals and trace elements that help calcium achieve its ultimate goal.

Baum’s Bone Support provides ossein hydroxyapatite complex (OHC), which includes the superior combination of the inorganic calcium lattice of microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHA) within an organic protein milieu rich in naturally occurring growth factors. The OHC is combined with vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 as MK-7 (a more bioavailable form of vitamin K) to support the deposition of calcium into the bones as well as building up the organic bone matrix. Potassium citrate is also added for optimal osteo support.

What are YOU doing for bone health? Leave your answers in the comments section below.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.