Osteo-K FAQ: Calcium and Osteoporosis

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Calcium and osteoporosis

Q: Aren't calcium and vitamin D enough?
No. While important osteoporosis supplements, calcium and vitamin D have only been shown to decrease fracture risk by about 16%.1,2 That’s why each serving of Osteo-K contains a full-day’s supply of calcium and vitamin D in addition to 45 mg of MK4.

Q: Should I take calcium?
Yes. While a calcium supplement alone may decrease fractures by only 16%, it’s better than nothing and still important. Plus, the studies that showed a more than 80% reduction in fracture risk using 45 mg of MK4 daily also gave calcium and vitamin D to the study participants.3,4,5 So taking calcium and vitamin D with MK4 is your best bet for protecting your bones.

Q: What’s the best form of calcium to take?
Calcium citrate or malate is the best form. Most calcium supplements use calcium carbonate, which is very poorly absorbed. Calcium carbonate requires stomach acid for it to be dissolved and absorbed. If you are taking acid blockers for indigestion, reflux or other gastrointestinal conditions, your body may use calcium citrate better than other calcium compounds. Acid blockers reduce the acid in your gastrointestinal tract that is usually required for calcium absorption. Additionally, as we age we naturally tend to produce less stomach acid. However, unlike other calcium supplements, calcium citrate and malate do not require an acid environment for calcium absorption. That’s why Osteo-K only contains calcium citrate/malate.

Why Osteo-K clobbers the competition: click to view a chart comparing Osteo-K to other leading calcium supplements, such as Viactiv, Citracal, Bone-Up, Os-Cal and Caltrate.

Q: Can’t I get all the calcium I need from food?
Yes, but you likely aren’t. The average daily consumption of calcium is about 600 mg. The recommended amount teenagers and adults should consume is 1200-1600 mg. So while you can get it from food, research shows that you probably need a calcium supplement.