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Bone Basics™ 271mg
- Contains a complex of nutrients necessary to build and maintain healthy bones
- Supports the framework for bone, cartilage, and synovial (joint) fluid production, which helps to cushion and lubricate the joints
- Includes MCHA, an optimal source of calcium that effectively slows and reverses bone loss
- Supports joint health and cartilage repair
- Recommended for post-menopausal women, and those with history of osteopenia
- Provides a more optimal rate of delivery into bone tissue than other forms of supplemental calcium
- Delivers calcium in a 100% natural, digestible protein complex similar to food, releasing calcium slowly and steadily
- Suggested Use
Bone Basics is more than just a calcium supplement, it is a complete bone-building formulation that includes nutrients fundamental for maintaining mineral balance in the bone matrix and for supporting healthy joints. Bone Basics is unique because it serves not only to reduce bone loss but to maintain or even increase bone growth.
The key ingredient is microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHA) complex, an extract of free-range New Zealand bovine bone (free from antibiotics and growth hormones) and a superior source of calcium and phosphorus. MCHA provides proteins, growth factors, and mucopolysaccharides that work together to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. Additional nutrients include: vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, boron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and copper. These co-factors enhance the absorption and usage of calcium and support collagen production, which builds the framework for bone.
Are you in balance?
Calcium is critical to the body for more than bone health, in fact it is essential for many vital functions such as normal nerve transmission, blood clotting and muscle contraction. Every cell in the human body uses calcium for basic functions and for this reason, the amount of calcium circulating in the blood (the calcium balance) is tightly controlled within a very narrow range. It follows that disturbances in the sensitive calcium balance are serious. Therefore, the body has developed efficient mechanisms to deal with acute alterations in circulating calcium levels. However, when the body needs to continually deal with either excessive (hypercalcaemia), or inadequate (hypocalcaemia) blood calcium, this can come at the expense of long term health. Indeed excessive calcium levels in the blood can result in a myriad of negative outcomes. At its extremes Hypercalcaemia is linked with kidney stones, bone pain, nausea, depression and insomnia. By contrast a shortage of circulating calcium will see the body strip the necessary calcium from the skeleton (the body’s natural reservoir). Over time this comes at a significant cost to overall bone health and can lead to osteopenia and, ultimately, osteoporosis which carries with it a much higher risk of bone fracture. The correct balance is maintained by the parathyroid gland, mediated by Parathyroid Hormone (PTH), which, through a complex series of functions is able to manipulate blood calcium levels for optimal function.
Multi’s Just Don’t Cut It
Traditional methods of maintaining bone health correlate with the efforts of health conscious individuals who supplement with a daily multi-vitamin/multi-mineral. Users of such an essential supplement (combined with a sensible diet) often assume that it covers something as elemental as bone health. The fact of the matter is that people in the high-risk demographic for developing osteopenia likely have a higher need for certain specific essential nutrients, especially minerals. Of these, calcium is certainly one of the most familiar. Most recommended daily allowances for calcium stand at around 1,000 milligrams, although 1,500 milligrams are recommended for those in the osteopenia high risk group. Even with the effects of processing taken into account, calcium is still prevalent to such a degree in common dairy foods such as milk and cheese that deficiencies are not as widespread as that of other minerals. Nevertheless, deficiencies do occur, and it is noteworthy to remember that even the finest multi-vitamin/multi-mineral one-a-days rarely contain more than 300 milligrams of calcium.
Bone Basics is a full-spectrum bone health formula that contains various nutrients at balanced doses in their most effective forms known to promote healthy bone formation and joints. Due to the type of calcium provided by Bone Basics, this formula not only slows bone loss but may even promote both growth. Bone Basics now contains both MK-4 and MK-7 as sources of Vitamin K2.
Calcium from MCHC
MCHC is a freeze-dried extract of bovine bone, and this process of lyophilization is important in retaining the intact microcrystalline structure of whole bone. This is a significant differentiation from regular bonemeal, which uses a heat-treated process called “ashing”. Many of the unique bone-building factors of MCHC are heat-sensitive and simply do not survive this process, and this has been demonstrated in clinical studies comparing MCHC directly to bonemeal. MCHC is, in effect, a full-spectrum multiple nutrient source in its own right. However, it is particularly rich in calcium, and the type of calcium in MCHC has been clinically proven in over 30 years of randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trials to be the best calcium source for bone building and maintenance. Other calcium sources such as calcium gluconate, calcium citrate, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate-malate and even coral calcium (which in fact is simply calcium carbonate with a sprinkling of trace minerals) may be capable of slowing down the rate of bone loss. MCHC, in contrast, has actually been proven to halt and even reverse bone loss attributable to osteoporosis.
Bone Basics contains 1000 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) per daily dose. Vitamin D is the single most important factor in the absorption of calcium. A superior form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol), a colorless crystalline compound found in fish-liver oils. Research has shown that cholecalciferol is the preferred, active form of vitamin D in the body. Although humans are fully capable of endogenous vitamin D production, this is dependent upon adequate exposure to the UVB rays in sunlight, making a constant, steady intake of this vitamin difficult for high-risk demographics who are often confined indoors. This is compounded by the lack of sunlight in the winter months and in more extreme latitudes, further underlining the importance of supplementation.
Similarly to Vitamin D, Vitamin K2 is essential to absorbing and properly utilizing the calcium you ingest. Vitamin K2 helps shunt the calcium from the bloodstream into the bones. In fact, taking a lot of calcium without adequate vitamins D & K can be dangerous. Bone Basics contains vitamin K2 in the forms of MK-4 & MK-7, the most effective forms of these vitamins.
Although Vitamin C has not been shown to prevent osteoporosis, women who consume higher levels of vitamin C tend to have higher bone density levels. Vitamin C helps produce collagen, which is one of the main proteins in bone, and it helps heal fractures.
Magnesium is another mineral commonly associated with the maintenance of bone health, which is very easy to fathom when one considers that two-thirds of the body’s magnesium stores are located in our bone structure. Much of the magnesium within this bone structure is part of the bone’s crystal lattice (which can metaphorically be referred to as the “bone scaffolding”) where it binds together with the minerals phosphorus and calcium. Magnesium on its own has been shown to slow the rate of bone turnover, which is when the growth of new bone is outpaced by the degeneration of old. Magnesium shortages result in the reduced assimilation of vitamin D as well as the inhibition of parathyroid hormone, leading to low blood calcium levels. Magnesium also seems to work synergistically with MCHC (see below) by helping to form smaller, denser, microcrystalline hydroxyapatite crystals, providing yet another avenue for strong bone development. The amount of magnesium in even the highest quality multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplements is still well below levels which researchers believe are needed for prevention in high risk demographics.
Trace Minerals: Zinc, Copper, Manganese & Boron
Several other minerals have also been identified as co-factors for enzymes involved in bone metabolism – notably zinc, copper, and manganese. The latter is essential for the proper function of the osteoblast cells that are responsible for building new bone. Manganese also increases the activity of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase and as well as growth factors such as estrogen and IGF-1 in a manner that is directly pertinent to these osteoblast cells. Copper is essential for producing an enzyme called lysyl oxidase which cross-links (strengthens) collagen. Zinc, in turn, is essential for the operation of copper, since unbalanced zinc intake can reduce copper absorption.
Another ingredient included in Bone Basics is boron, a mineral that at long last is in the process of being officially recognized as ‘essential’. Boron’s role regarding bone health appears to be mediated by its ability to reduce the urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium, thus enhancing vitamin D as well (which is directly interdependent with calcium). Boron’s mechanism of action takes place in the kidney.
Directions (Adults): Take 1 to 6 capsules daily with meals a few hours before or after taking other medications, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.
Suggested Usage: Bone Basics™ is a multi-nutrient combination designed to support bone health. It helps in the development and maintenance of teeth, cartilage and gums and helps in connective tissue formation, production and repair. It also aids in the maintenance of proper muscle function. Contains microcrystalline hydroxyapatite complex (MCHA), an extract of bovine bone derived from New Zealand pasture-fed, free-range livestock not subjected to routine antibiotics or rBGH. Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Disclaimer: The information and product descriptions appearing on this website are for information purposes only, and are not intended to provide or replace medical advice to individuals from a qualified health care professional. Consult with your physician if you have any health concerns, and before initiating any new diet, exercise, supplement, or other lifestyle changes.
Cautions: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or taking blood thinners. This product contains corn, do not use if you have an allergy.
Serving Size: 6 Capsules Servings Per Container: 60 Per Serving Calcium (from bone meal, MCHA) 900 mg Phosphorus (from bone meal, MCHA) 407 mg Boron (Citrate) 700 mcg Copper (Citrate) 1000 mcg Magnesium (Ascorbate, Citrate, Glycinate) 200 mg Manganese (Bisglycinate) 5 mg Zinc (Citrate) 11 mg Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbate) 100 mg Vitamin K2 (MK-7/MK-4) 120 mcg Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 1000 IU (25 mcg) Non-medical ingredients: Sodium stearyl fumarate, silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose, starch, sucrose, arabic gum, sunflower oil, tocopherol, medium-chain triglycerides, and tricalcium phosphate.