~ May 2004 - Both Men and Women Need Strong Bones for a Long, Active Life

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  • The Hidden Dangers of Male Osteoporosis - Most men think that osteoporosis a condition characterized by decreased bone mass and density is something that affects primarily women. Unfortunately for some 2 million American men, that is not the case. In the US, the number of men over the age of 70 is expected to double in the next 50 years. At this time, women will probably receive counseling on how to prevent bone loss through exercise, a calcium-rich diet, hormone modulation therapy, and drug strategies. But for most men, the first sign that they have a problem is when they end up in the emergency room after a slip or fall.

    Read more about this important health issue . . .

  • Vitamin D Supplements Help Prevent Falls JAMA meta-analysis finds vitamin D supplements help prevent falls A meta-analysis published in the April 28 2004 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (http://jama.ama-assn.org/) found that taking vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of falls in older people.

    Falls are the largest single cause of death from injury in older people and account for 40 percent of all nursing home admissions. Costs from fall-related injuries are projected to increase to 32.4 billion dollars by the year 2020.

    The authors examined five double-blind randomized clinical trials that assessed the effect of any type of vitamin D on falls among individuals aged 60 and older. The primary analysis included 1,237 people with a mean age of 70 years, of whom 81 percent were women. Vitamin D intake ranged from 400 international units (iu) to 800 iu, or an active vitamin D analogue was administered.

    Analysis of the data from the five studies showed that taking vitamin D supplements was associated with a 22 percent reduction in the risk of falling compared with subjects who received calcium or a placebo. When the studies were examined separately, two of them found that 400 iu vitamin D did not significantly reduce fracture risk, and one found that it did not prevent falls, suggesting that a higher dose is more effective.

    The authors conclude that "given the . . . high morbidity, mortality, and economic cost of falls, our results are sufficiently compelling to consider vitamin D supplementation for elderly individuals."

  • Bone Assure is a comprehensive formula that can help maintain bone mineral density by:
    • Sustaining bone mineral mass by providing a potent amount of elemental magnesium and a highly absorbable form of calcium (bis-glycinate) that has been shown to assimilate 1.8 times better than calcium citrate.
    • Maintaining the organic bone matrix with the minerals zinc, manganese, silica, and copper that are required for the formation of collagen and other living connective tissues. Manganese has been shown to specifically act as an anabolic catalyst in the development and maintenance of the organic bone matrix.
    • Facilitating the absorption of calcium into the blood- stream by providing vitamin D3. Once in the bloodstream, vitamin D3 then acts as a hormone to direct calcium into the bone matrix.
    • Preventing excessive urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium by providing the trace mineral boron.
    • Lowering elevated homocysteine levels that have been shown to damage the organic bone matrix, by providing small amounts of folic acid, B6 and TMG.

  • Other Important Supplements for Bone Health

    • Ipriflavone Ipriflavone is an isoflavone that adds to bone density. It functions by modulating the activity of the bone cells called osteoclasts, which can tear down bone especially in the spine, and by enhancing the effects of the hormone calcitonin. This has a positive effect on calcium metabolism. These are the same mechanisms at work when large amounts of soybeans add to bone density. Ipriflavone exerts no estrogen-like effects, therefore is recommended for breast cancer survivors to help protect their bone density. Our Ostivone Ipriflavone contains 300 mg per capsule, the highest dosage we could find.
    • Vitamin K with K2 Stunning new research shows that Vitamin K may be one of the most extraordinary anti-aging vitamins ever discovered. It has unique powers no other vitamin possesses. It may prevent both heart disease and osteoporosis, and it's a stronger antioxidant than vitamin E or coenzyme Q10. Vitamin K may also be the future of treating certain kinds of cancer. This neglected vitamin is stepping into the limelight.
    • Life Extension Super Booster with Vitamin K Life Extension's great booster now with 10mg Super K with K2. This product contains gamma E tocopherols, vitamins C and A, ginkgo, lycopene, lutein, selenium, zinc and vitamin E, chlorophyllin, tocotrienols, and fat soluble vitamin C, all in one softgel. I use this product every day without fail, even when I don't use the multiple vitamin. Because it is a one per day, a bottle lasts more than three months. (Take two per day if added protection is needed.)
    • Calcium Citrate Each capsule contains 1000 mg of calcium citrate, yielding 220 mg of elemental calcium. Citrate is a highly absorbable form of calcium. 100 mg of vitamin D3 is included to aid the absorption of calcium. Calcium prevents bone loss and has been shown to support a healthy heart. We strongly recommend adding extra magnesium to add to bone density.
    • Boron Boron aids the body in retaining calcium in the bones, which is especially important for postmenopausal women. Boron also has an anabolic effect and is used by body builders.

  • Protocol: Osteoporosis - Peak bone mass is achieved by both men and women in their 20s and 30s. After that time there begins a period of the net bone loss. Osteoclasts, the bone cells that break down bone, are activated by a loss of estrogen and a subsequent elevation of inflammatory factors that stimulate bone resorption (removal of bone from the body with transport to the blood). This is known as Osteoporosis, a progressive marked reduction in bone mineral density that often results in fractures of a serious nature.

    Read more about what you can do to preserve the bone you have and prevent future loss . . .

  • Vitamin K Strengthens Bones, Protects Arteries, and May Help Prevent Cancer and Other Degenerative Diseases - In 1929, a Danish researcher discovered that when chicks were fed a fat-free diet, blood leaked out of their arteries and into their body tissues. Furthermore, blood taken from these chicks coagulated very slowly. Delving deeper into the mystery, he discovered that a special substance was required for blood clotting, and that these chicks lacked it because the substance is found only in the fatty parts of food.

    He dubbed this blood-clotting substance the "koagulation vitamin." We since have learned that this substance, which we now call vitamin K, plays a vital role in blood clotting. But this is only one of its several roles. Vitamin K helps keep bones strong and slows the calcification of tissues. It also can destroy certain types of cancer cells, protect the skin, and may prove useful in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and aging.

    Read more about the numerous health benefits of vitamin K . . .

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