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Bone Health: How and When to Support It

Bone Health: How and When to Support It

Why is bone health important?

The truth is, bone health should be on our radar throughout all stages of life. And calcium, while vital, is not the only nutrient to consider! In fact, once we reach the age of 25, our bone-building days are over.

The health of our bones is important!

Most of us seem to be aware at an early age that calcium is vital to the health of our bones. It’s why we were encouraged to drink a glass of milk with our dinner, right? Yet beyond that little nugget of Mom’s wisdom, most people don’t seriously consider bone health until they are much older, when the risk of bone loss -and its implications- becomes more pressing.

Calcium’s Traffic Cops

The truth is, bone health should be on our radar throughout all stages of life. And calcium, while vital, is not the only nutrient to consider! In fact, once we reach the age of 25, our bone-building days are over.

According to Tieraona Low Dog, MD in her latest book Fortify Your Life, “Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body, with roughly 99 percent of it stored in our teeth and bones. Bones act as a storage reservoir for calcium, where it helps maintain the integrity of our skeleton” (147). For this reason, it’s the main nutrient we think of when someone mentions ‘bone health.’

Like all nutrients, however, calcium does not work in isolation. Instead, it requires a team of vitamins and minerals to get it where it needs to go. Doctor Erin Stokes, ND, MegaFood’s Medical Director, refers to these nutrients as traffic cops, directing the calcium to its proper place in the body. This team of dedicated traffic cops includes vitamins C, D, and K, as well as magnesium and other trace minerals. Without this guidance, calcium can end up in places it shouldn’t be!

Not enough... or too much?

Another important consideration is the amount of calcium you are getting. According to Doctor Low Dog, “Excessive intake of calcium [above the RDA] is not good for you...All that extra calcium has to go somewhere, and you don’t need it settling in where it doesn’t belong” (157). She recommends estimating your dietary intake of calcium, and supplementing only the difference up to the RDA of 1,000-1,200mg daily, depending on age. She also cautions that “calcium can’t be absorbed in large quantities. Don’t supplement with more than 500mg at a time (Note: Most of you shouldn’t be supplementing with more than 500mg, anyway!)” (153).

So, what should you be looking for in a bone-support product?

Two quick questions can help you narrow down your search!

  • Does this product contain “traffic cop” nutrients in addition to calcium?
  • Does this product deliver around 500mg of calcium daily?

MegaFood® Bone Health (Traffic Cops included!)

MegaFood Bone Health

Here at MegaFood, we were lucky enough to work with Doctor Low Dog to formulate a bone-support product that addresses the complex concerns associated with calcium supplementation, and ticks all the boxes.

Here’s what our product formulator, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog has to say about the Bone Health formulation: