Calcium supplements Osteoporosis Osteopenia. What you need to know when choosing your Calcium supplement.
If your health care provider has suggested a specific number of mg. for your daily intake of calcium, that is the number you should use. If your health care provider has not made a specific recommendation, you might take the recommendations published at Iowa State University:
If you are trying to
increase your bone density, your health care practitioner many recommend
higher amounts. Of course, you would follow such recommendations since
he or she is your best resource for advice about Calcium supplements.
This page about Calcium supplements is a bit long. But it is worth taking the time to read and act on all parts of it. In the end you may save money AND get better results from your intake of this important mineral.
When evaluating Calcium supplements:
You want to find out how effective the supplement will be: Has the maker of this supplement, subjected the product to scientific review. Are there any studies published in scientific or medical journals that show how effective this supplement is all by itself for building stronger bones. The 'all by itself is important' since if it is used in combination with some other therapy, you have no way of knowing if improvements in bone density are due to the supplement or the other item included in the study.
For example: supplement X + weight lifting, could show improvements BUT the improvement is really due to the weight lifting. The only way that supplement + some other therapy could show that a supplement is effective would be if two different supplements were used and both were coupled with the same 'other therapy'. In such a study, it would point to the supplement making a difference when combined with the other therapy.
If there are no published scientific studies about a supplement's effectiveness, you want to see if there are any published studies about the supplement's ABSORB ABILITY.
Why is this important? Many calcium supplements can not be absorbed in your intestinal tract. They simply pass through your body and are eliminated and so this is not useful for Calcium Osteoporosis Osteopenia use.If there is no published scientific studies about your supplement's absorbability, then you want to buy a small package and perform the vinegar text in your own kitchen.
You need to find out if the supplement includes everything that science has found you need to turn your Calcium Osteoporosis Osteopenia intake into bone. Vitamin D3, Magnesium, Vitamin K trace minerals such as boron, silica. If the supplement does not contain these things, then you need to figure out how you will get the correct amounts so you are able to use the calcium you are taking to build bone.
If you want to check out any particular calcium supplements, here is the peer reviewed research on some popular brands.
If your brand is not on the above list, you want make a COMPLETE LIST OF INGREDIENTS and then check them against the recommended amounts found for the ingredients. Just go to the Index page are find the ingredient and read the page summarizing what the research says. You can read Some general comments about Calcium supplements
Note: It takes a good deal of time to research your supplements. Do not expect an instant answer.