Superior bone building formula
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is responsible for 90% of bone mass. Hydrolyzed collagen has also been shown to induce osteoblast (responsible for bone formation) activity and reduce that of osteoclasts (responsible for bone resorption). Unfortunately, collagen production declines with age. The most obvious signs of collagen decline are the wrinkling of skin and more rigid joints. However, decreased bone density is also a result of reduced collagen production. Therefore, it is important to look for a bone formula that not only contains the vitamins and minerals required for bone health but also a highly bioavailable form of hydrolyzed collagen.
Calcium is the most well known nutrient for bone health. The body cannot synthesize calcium so it must be obtained through the diet. It is known that not all calcium types are easily absorbed. Calcium carbonate is the least absorbable form of calcium. Considering we only absorb less than half the calcium we ingest from our food, it is important, particularly for those that are at risk for bone density issues, to add a calcium supplement containing the cofactors necessary for absorption to one’s regimen. The recommended dosage is 1200mg/day.
Magnesium is as important for bone health as calcium. Many people are aware of the importance of vitamin D for bone health, however, without magnesium vitamin D cannot be converted into its active form, which is essential for initiating calcium absorption.
As discussed above, vitamin D is necessary for initiating calcium absorption. Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin. Vitamins are essential nutrients that the body cannot produce and that we must obtain through diet or supplementation. Vitamin D can be obtained through diet; however, it is also produced by the kidneys from a cholesterol precursor and is actually considered a hormone. The biologically active form of vitamin D is calcitriol or vitamin D3. In the intestines, vitamin D3 activates calcium transporting proteins. These proteins carry calcium through the intestinal walls into the blood. Without vitamin D, dietary or supplemental calcium could not make it from the gut into circulation and ultimately to the bones.
Vitamin K2, known as menaquinone, is an essential in a good bone supplement. Menaquinone is made by bacteria in the gut and goes directly to blood vessels, bones and tissues other than the liver. Aside from the role Vitamin K2 plays in bone health, it is also important for removing and preventing calcium accumulation in the blood vessels as well as other soft tissues. Vitamin K2 and vitamin D work hand in hand. When we supplement with vitamin D, proteins that move calcium around the body are created. These proteins are vitamin K2 dependent for activation. Essentially, without the vitamin K2 the calcium cannot be shuttled to the parts of the body where it is required. If calcium is not shuttled to the parts of the body where it belongs, the result can be the accumulation of calcium in areas where it can cause harm, like the blood vessels. Just like with Magnesium, if you are taking supplemental vitamin D, it is very important to also take Vitamin K2.
Silicon is the most ubiquitous of all trace elements and is found in the blood at levels similar to elements like iron, copper and zinc, whose physiological importance is well known. Research has shown a correlation between dietary intake of Silicon and the health of bone and all connective tissue in general. It has also been found that silicon is concentrated at the site of mineralization of growing bone and that silicon intake is associated with increased bone density.
This is a trace mineral that is also essential for bone building. Studies have also found that bones of those supplementing with boron are much stronger and harder to cut. Boron plays an important role in the metabolism of the bone building minerals calcium and magnesium. It can also help to improve estrogen production in menopausal women and reduce some of the symptoms of menopause, ultimately preventing the need for hormone replacement therapy.
Zinc is an essential trace element required for bone formation. The major role it seems to play in bone formation is through the effect it has on osteoblasts (cells responsible for bone formation). Studies have found that osteoblasts exposed to zinc seem to have increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, a protein involved in the elaboration of the bone matrix. Zinc also helps to increase collagen concentration and this is found to occur within one day of cellular exposure with the stimulatory effects increasing over time. Further, it helps to increase the proliferation of osteoblasts from stem cells. Low levels of zinc, especially during periods of development like adolescence, have been correlated with weak bones.
Recommended purpose or use:
- Helps in the development and maintenance of bones & teeth.
- Helps in tissue and connective tissue formation.
- Helps to maintain proper muscle function.
- Calcium intake when combined with vitamin D as contained in this product, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing Osteoporosis.
- Silicon & Boron are factors in the maintenance of good health.