Magnesium / Nutrition / Research / October 14, 2011

As per Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and Medical Director of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association, the benefits that can be had from taking calcium (through diet or supplements) to improve and maintain good bone health can be impaired without a corresponding adequate intake of magnesium. In short, there is a fascinating link between magnesium deficiency and osteoporosis As per her, a 1:1 ratio for calcium-magnesium is necessary to reap the benefits of calcium intake for bone health. It is believed that magnesium keeps the calcium dissolved in the blood which without the former (magnesium) would calcify leaving deposits in the kidney causing stones or even calcification of cardiovascular arteries and bone joints. (1) Dr. Dean clearly outlined the magnesium-Vitamin D-calcium relationship that is so important for optimal absorption and metabolism of calcium. She was quoted as saying,…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin D3 / October 14, 2011

Vitamin D is a prohormone of the secosteroid type. It acts as a precursor to what makes a hormone or is a hormone prototype, if you will. Usually exposure to sunlight helps our body (skin in particular) to synthesize Vitamin D. The epidermal layers of Stratum basale and Stratum Spinosum produce maximum amount of a particular type of a pre-vitamin D3. It is fat-soluble in nature. So how is Vitamin D and bone health related? Vitamin D is metabolised by the liver and the kidneys and is converted to a hormone called Calcitonin. Calcitrol ensures that there is enough calcium in the blood to help form bones, teeth and maintain bone density. When ultra-violet rays shine on our skin, a cholesterol-like substance gets converted to Vitamin D and absorbed into the blood. Vitamin D is required for the metabolisation of…

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Bone Healthy Living / Treatment / October 14, 2011

Though osteoporosis has always been associated more with women than men and media content on osteoporosis usually covers women because they are more susceptible to the condition, a quiet 17 million men over the age of 50 go unspoken about. (1) However, there is hope in the form of a new risk assessment tool developed by the World Health Organization called the FRAX® tool that helps detect the level of risk of osteoporosis in both men and women. Dr. Silvina Levis, Founder and Director of Osteoporosis Center (a clinical research center and a joint venture Miller School of Medicine and the Miami VA Medical Center), even goes on to point that once men get a fracture of the hips due to osteoporosis, their chances of dying after the incident doubles when compared to women. The FRAX tool will ask the…

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Bone Healthy Living / Research / October 14, 2011

We already know that osteoporosis is a metabolic bone condition typified with the thinning of bone tissue and the reduction of bone mineral density. This is coupled with bone health deterioration  microarchitecture and an alteration in the quantity of proteins in bones, eventually raising the risk of easy fracturing of bones. Conclusions from a recent research conducted by Stine Marit Moen, MD, of Oslo University Hospital Ulleval in Norway, on 99 people with an average age of 37 recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis were published on July 12th 2011, in the medical journal Neurology® of the American Academy of Neurology. (1) The study was done to single out the cause of osteoporosis in persons who suffered multiple sclerosis for a long time. Though the multiple sclerosis- osteoporosis connection was well observes, the definite cause was not arrived at and the medical fraternity…

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Bone Healthy Living / Osteoporosis / October 14, 2011

Well over 10 million Americans are going in for or inquiring about osteoporosis treatment and preventive measures. The reason is simple. A man and a woman are only as happy as healthy as their body is; it is a reciprocal relationship. And if the very foundation of our being is weakened, why wouldn’t we be at unease?

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Bone Healthy Living / Research / September 22, 2010

Original Article From ABC News By John Gever, MedPage Today Oral Bisphosphonates, Taken by Millions of Americans, May Increase Cancer Risk With Long Term Use A second look at British registry data indicates that esophageal cancer may be more common after all in patients taking oral bisphosphonate drugs, a type of drug used to treat osteoporosis, for long periods. In an analysis involving some 80,000 patients tracked for more than seven years on average, individuals diagnosed with esophageal cancer of were 1.93 times as likely to have received at least 10 prescriptions for oral bisphosphonates compared with controls not having cancer, reported Dr. Jane Green of the University of Oxford in England and colleagues online in BMJ. While previous research has not found such a connection between osteoporosis drugs and cancer, this most recent study tracked patients for long periods…

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Bone Healthy Living / Experts / Research / Video / July 29, 2010

AlgaeCal Osteoblast Study Researchers from the Harvard Medical School and University of Connecticut, collaborate on this landmark study which was accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. In direct head-to-head tests, the scientists compared the effects of AlgaeCal with the two top-sellers, calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. Focused on the proliferation, mineralization and oxidative stress in cultured human osteoblast cells, the study results showed that AlgaeCal®, increased alkaline phosphatase activity 200 percent more effectively than calcium carbonate and 250 percent better than calcium citrate. In addition, AlgaeCal outperformed calcium carbonate and calcium citrate by 300 and 400 percent respectively on DNA synthesis – the ability of these osteoblasts to produce new bone building cells. In other words, the AlgaeCal calcium increased the number of human bone building cells by 400 percent more…

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Bone Healthy Living / Experts / Research / Video / May 19, 2010

Make no bones about it. The human skeleton is remarkable. It constantly rebuilds itself throughout life. For bones to stay strong, you need a steady supply of regulating hormones and minerals. Upset that balance and you can get osteoporosis, a condition that causes brittle bones. So even a slight bump or a fall can cause a fracture. That’s why this video on bone health tips from Dr. Oz is one you need to watch! Here’s how to shore up your bones Get 1,200 miligrams (mg) of calcium and 1,000 international units (IU) of Vitamin D — ideally, through food and natural sunlight. But supplements can work, too. Also try fermented dairy like real yogurt. And do weight-bearing exercises. Those are the ones that cause you to push, pull or lift.   AlgaeCal Can Help Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis Strengthening your…

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