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Information - Clinicians Bone Essentials
Bones are made up of hard, extremely dense connective tissue that is constantly rebuilding itself in order to maintain a balance between bone formation and bone loss. As such, skeletal tissue relies on the correct supply and balance of nutrients in order to maintain a healthy density. As we age, bone formation begins to decline causing gradual bone loss and porous bones. Normally, there is a decline in bone mass after the age of 40 in both men and women.
'Primary' postmenopausal bone loss occurs in women after menopause due to accelerated bone loss following the decline in oestrogen as well as a reduction in vitamin D levels. It generally affects women during the ages of 55 or 60. 'Secondary' age-related bone loss is, as the name suggests, due to advancing age and occurs in both men and women. A reduction in Vitamin D levels in the blood are in part thought to be the cause, although the enzyme involved is different from that of primary menopause. While this form of bone loss can occur at any age due to gut, hormonal and other metabolic disorders, it usually occurs later in life, generally around the age of 70.
Food and population studies indicate that most people are not getting enough calcium from their diet, particularly women. A large body of evidence spanning over two decades has confirmed that high calcium intakes reduce age-related bone loss. For New Zealanders the daily intake of calcium is thought to average about 850mg per day. While these estimates are higher than American and Canadian statistics of 600mg/day they still fall short of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 1200-1300mg/day for men and women over the age of 50.
Research has shown that mineral nutrition for healthy bones depends on more than just calcium; magnesium and trace minerals also play a vital role in effective mineral fortification.
Clinicians Bone Essentials contains a unique ingredient called Aquamin a mineralized seaweed that is rich in bioactive calcium. Aquamin also contains a number of other minerals including magnesium, boron, copper, manganese, silicon and zinc - all of which play an important role in maintaining strong bones. The natural minerals in Aquamin also promote joint mobility and strong bones. In addition to Aquamin, Clinicians Bone Essentials contains vitamin D which is needed for proper calcium absorption. Studies have shown that a daily dose of 700-800 IU of vitamin D can significantly reduce the risk of hip and non-vertebral fractures in the elderly.
Recommended Adult Dosage: 1 capsules 2-3 times daily with food.
Active Ingredients in 3 gelatin capsules: Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 20mcg, Calcium (from Lithothamnion corallioides) 800mg. Aquamin® also contains many other nutrients involved in bone health, typically consisting of: Boron 80mcg, Copper 10mcg, Iodine 80mcg, Iron 2mg, Magnesium 58mg, Manganese 170mcg, Potassium 11mg, Silicon 3mg, Sodium 8mg, Strontium 5mg, Sulfur 14mg, Zinc 37mcg.
Side Effects: Studies indicate that the Aquamin™ content in Clinicians Bone Essentials is well tolerated and without significant side effects. Pregnancy and Breast Feeding: This product contains vitamin D at a dosage below the tolerable upper intake level (50mcg/day)during pregnancy and lactation.11 At the recommended daily dose Clinicians Bone Essentials will provide 20mcg (800 IU) of vitamin D.
Dietary supplements are additional to, and not a replacement for a balanced diet. Always read the label. Use as directed. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Pregnant or lactating women should consult their health professional before taking supplements. If symptoms persist, see your health professional. Store in a cool, dry place out of reach of young children.