Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in our bodies, and most of us can achieve adequate levels of calcium through diet alone. Milk and dairy products are popular dietary sources of calcium, and many green, leafy vegetables, and even sesame seeds also provide us with sufficient calcium.
For some groups of people, calcium supplementation is recommended. For example, men and women over the age of 40 are often recommended calcium supplementation as it is around this age when bone density begins to be depleted. In countries with high fracture incidences (for example temperate climate regions like Canada), hip fracture incidences are high, and supplement intake is recommended for prevention from osteoporosis (World Health Organization).
Post-menopausal women are also typical candidates for calcium supplementation since they experience a decrease in estrogen secretion, and it is estrogen that aids in the absorption of calcium.
There are various forms of calcium supplements on the market today, all of them coming from different sources, and as such having different levels of absorption and bioavailability when consumed. Calcium carbonate is one of the most popular forms of calcium. This inexpensive form of calcium yields a high proportion of elementary calcium, meaning that there are often less pills required. This is in contrast to calcium citrate or calcium citrate-malate, which actually yields a much smaller percentage of elemental calcium. Calcium carbonate requires adequate stomach acid for proper absorption when taken on an empty stomach. One drawback of this form of calcium is that it is often sourced from oyster shells or coral that is highly contaminated with aluminum, lead, and other impurities (Ross).
While calcium carbonate supplementation demonstrates significant results with respect to increasing bone mass in post-menopausal women, a newer form of calcium supplementation has actually demonstrated greater clinical significance (Sakai).
Eggshell calcium is a new form of calcium that aids in improving bone density at a faster rate, compared to all other forms of calcium* (Schaafsma & Pakan) The protein matrix naturally found in eggshells allows for calcium to be better absorbed through our digestive lining, increasing the bioavailability of calcium, and thus increasing blood serum content of calcium more effectively and more efficiently than other calcium sources (Rovensky).
In NULife’s Bone Care supplement, the eggshell calcium is locally sourced for environmental protection and to ensure the quality is not sacrificed. In addition to the quality of calcium contained, the formula also includes vitamins and minerals in therapeutic doses and forms that are clinically proven to support and enhance the absorption and deposition of calcium, and other supportive nutrients, into the bone. Lycopene and selenium are also strong antioxidants that have been researched to help bone breakdown and are key ingredients in the formula. NULife’s “Bone Care” supplement ensures that bones are strengthened, maintained, and bone breakdown is prevented in a shorter period of time, compared to other calcium sources.
The recommended daily intake of calcium for adults is 1000-1200mg to prevent osteoporosis and/or fracture prevention (Cosman). To guarantee proper calcium absorption, ensure that your high quality calcium supplement contains calcium in its therapeutic dose, a minimum of 800 IU of vitamin D, as well as other supporting nutrients, like vitamin K, phosphorous, and magnesium.
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