June 5, 2018

The Power of Calcium

Of all of the minerals required by your body, its need for calcium is the greatest. Interestingly, calcium is the fifth most abundant mineral in the human body and in the earth’s crust. Calcium, an electrolyte, is best known for its role in bone health, but it’s also necessary for circulation, nerve transmission, hormonal secretion and muscle function. For these processes, only a small amount of calcium is needed, and it’s obtained from your body’s largest reservoir: bone. You Really Do Need Calcium for Your Bones Calcium is a major component of bones and teeth. A deficiency can result in osteopenia […]
May 17, 2017

Calcium, Vitamin D May Protect Against Early Menopause

An article appearing on May 10, 2017 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports a lower risk of
April 11, 2017

High Calcium Foods Protect Against Bone Loss

A study reported on March 1, 2017 in the Journal of Nutrition found that older men and women who had a greater intake of dairy products, which are high in calcium, had a lower risk of bone loss than those who consume less of these foods, but only if they were supplementing with vitamin D. Shivani Sahni, PhD, and colleagues at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research and Harvard Medical School in Boston evaluated data from men and women between the ages of 67 to 93 years who were in enrolled in the long-term Framingham Study. Bone mineral density was […]
March 27, 2016

The Bountiful Benefits of Boron

Boron is a trace mineral which is utilized in relatively small amounts in the body. Compared to minerals such as calcium and magnesium, boron and its benefits are not as well-known. Even though it’s a trace mineral, boron still possesses biological activity. A study at the University of Illinois quantified boron levels in 12 human tissue sites, including bone, skin, and muscle. The positive effects of boron became better known when Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw began reporting new research on the subject. Below we’ll touch on many of the roles boron plays in health. Boron Protects Your Bones A […]
January 27, 2015

Calcium & Collagen: The Dynamic Duo That Prevents Bone Loss

It is always important to make sure my older patients are getting enough calcium and Vitamin D to protect against bone loss and osteoporosis.  Post-menopausal women are at highest risk for osteoporosis.  Recently, though, researchers out of Florida State University have added another nutrient which helps prevents bone loss even better.  Let me tell you about it and how you can add it to your bone loss prevention regimen… New Supplement Adds Collagen to Calcium to Fight Bone Loss Calcium and Vitamin D are well known for working together to prevent bone loss.  But, as good as they are, the […]
May 6, 2014

This 1 Nutrient Prevents Hip Fracture Better than Calcium

You’ve heard that, as you get older, you need more calcium to protect your bones against fracture – especially disabling and, potentially deadly, hip fractures.  And, that’s true – especially if you’re a post menopausal woman.  But, it’s not the only mineral you need.  New research has found that magnesium may be better at protecting specifically against hip fracture than calcium in both men and women.  But, like most Americans, you likely are deficient in it, as nearly 75% of them are.  Here’s what you need to know about magnesium and your hips.
February 13, 2012

Calcium Supplements Decrease Derriere

In an article published in Nutrition & Metabolism, researchers at Creighton University report that calcium supplementation is associated with a reduction in trunk fat gain and increased maintenance of trunk lean mass in postmenopausal women compared to those who received placebos.* Trunk fat includes the abdominal fat mass that becomes increasingly difficult to control as humans age.