Bone Health and Dietary SupplementsBone creation continues until about the age thirty to thirty-five years.1 After that bone loss occurs at an annual rate of 0.5% to 2%, which increases in women for ten years after menopause.2
Bone health is influenced by diet, exercise, dietary supplements and lifestyle (eg, smoking). Optimizing all these factors can help the process of building strong bones.
Most people take calcium and vitamin D for bone health and to reduce the risk for osteoporosis. Research confirms that calcium and vitamin D can reduce fractures by 16%.3 But when combined with 45 mg/day MK4, a form of vitamin K2, clinical trials have shown that fractures may decrease by more than 80%.4,5 It is so effective that 45 mg/day MK4 has been approved by the Ministry of Health in Japan since 1995 for promoting strong bones.6
To see a table summarizing the clinical trial using MK4 (45 mg daily) for osteoporosis click here.
Exercise can reduce fractures. Qi Gong, yoga and lifting weights can increase bone mineral density and strength. They have also been shown to decrease falls, and falling is how people break bones.
Some people believe coffee causes bone loss. A study of 40,000 men and women in Norway concluded that coffee may cause bone loss only in those who drink nine or more cups per day, and only in those people not consuming the minimum recommended daily amount of calcium. So if you drink a cup of coffee in the morning, enjoy it. It is unlikely to harm your bones.
Some medications cause bone loss. Taking oral prednisone (cortisone, hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone) for six months weakens bones, and acid blocking medications cause bone loss.
Studies show that 45 mg/day MK4, plus calcium and vitamin D stops bone loss and builds strong bones. Osteo-K is the only bone health product that contains these ingredients.
How does your calcium supplement compare?
Click to view a chart comparing Osteo-K to other leading calcium supplements, such as Viactiv, Citracal, Bone-Up, Os-Cal and Caltrate.
You can also learn more by reading the complete monograph on bone health supplements and all bone health topics.
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