Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D…. which SUPPLEMENTS have YOU found to be helpful?
This blog is all about SUPPLEMENTS in regards to Osteoporosis.

Tell us:
Which supplements do you take to improve bone density. Which of them helped and which not?
What is the truth about Calcium? Do you really need a lot of it and what about Magnesium?
Vitamin D: Does it help to take it as a supplement or is it better to sit in the sun?

Comments
  • Sara August 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Here is another good suggestion from Jon Barron:

    “In addition, several studies in the past decade have shown that EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), when combined with calcium, can ensure that calcium deposition will take place in bone and not in the arteries, the kidneys, or other soft tissues. EFAs enhance the effects of vitamin D in the gut and improve calcium absorption from the small intestine, reduce the urinary excretion (loss) of calcium, increase calcium that is deposited in the bone, and improve the strength of bone.

    The dosage required, for example, for evening primrose (GLA) to do this in both men and women is between 1500 — 6000 mg. daily. Of course, calcium uptake also depends to varying degrees on the frequency of weight bearing exercises (the more weight bearing exercise you do, the more calcium your body will deposit in the bone), as well as the presence of minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper, strontium, silicon, manganese, and boron. If your calcium supplement does not contain evening primrose oil (and it probably does not), you might want to consider supplementing with an extra 1500 — 6000 mg. of this omega-6 source of essential fatty acids each day to help prevent or reverse bone loss.”

    • Sylvia August 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Sara, What super interesting information you have. Which calcium supplement do you take (containing evening primrose oil)? Are you still bouncing the 40 bounces every day like when you got your rebounder? Sylvia

    • Sara August 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Sylvia — I use Garden of Life’s Grow Bone System (calcium & strontium) and take evening primrose oil separately (2000 mg daily). For the ‘good’ oils, I take 3 tablespoons per day: fish oil (Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3-6-9), flax oil (Barlean’s) and Udo’s oil blend. Additionally, in pill form, krill oil and Alaska salmon oil. These oils fight inflammation like nothing else. I have not a twinge of arthritis, and both of my sisters and mother have severe cases.

      Yes indeed, I’m still doing my 40 bounces per hour. It is now a habit, and if I miss even one hour, I get twitchy. I’ve lost 5 lbs without dieting since June, and my body shape is changing rapidly; I can feel my muscles strengthening now, especially lower body. My magnificent rebounder is truly changing my entire physiology.

  • Tonya August 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    After reading that it’s better to get our vitamins and other nutrients from food rather than supplements, I researched the best foods for increasing bone density, and am trying to have a diet in accordance with these. For a while I was keeping a diary of all the foods I ate each day and the amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, etc. I was getting. It was fairly easy to get 1200 mg of calcium just through diet. However, after a blood test showed low vitamin D, I am taking 2,000 IU (Mega Food brand) per day currently. I also take digestive enzymes and drink Willard Water in order to increase the absorption of nutrients from the food I eat. Occasionally I take New Chapter’s Bone Strength, or Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer when I feel I need additional nutrient support. I do take magnesium citrate, in powder form, as it assists so many processes in the body, especially helping to keep the calcium where it belongs, in the bones.

  • Elizabeth August 9, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Hello: I’m vegan and eat a mainly raw food diet. My daily intake consists of many greens, green powders (Green Magma and Greens plus, blue green algae (Simplexity) and lots of fruits and vegetables. I also supplement with a multivitamin, B12, vitamin D. I try to get as much sunlight as possible without sunscreen for the same reasons that are mentioned by other participants. I am interested in the Sunsplash tanning lights (and vitamin D production) offered through Dr. Mercola at: http://tanningbeds.mercola.com/ but don’t know enough about their safety and efficacy. I would like to know if anyone else has purchased this product and whether it works.

  • Sara August 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    From my studies I’ve learned that magnesium needs to be in a 1:1 ratio with calcium; it is the most important mineral by far, since our soil is so depleted. ‘Ionic state’ is the best form to use for absorption. I take 5000 units of raw form vitamin D and 3 tablespoons of fish/flax oil (truly essential for building quality bones) per day. Also, using a good progesterone cream (Kokoro and Emerita) to balance out the Xenoestrogens we get in our food and water is very important and may increase bone density by 15% in one year.

    Most critical, however, is the high-acid American diet. Meat, dairy, refined carbs, most grains, sugar, sodas and sugared drinks (the main components of what we eat) create an acid state in the body, and this is the primary cause of osteoporosis. Eliminate as many of these foods as possible and increase fresh fruits and vegetables to alkalinize your system. You can make a profound holistic change just by altering your diet.

    • Sylvia August 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Sara. Very good!

  • deepisani August 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    At present I am taking 400 mg. of calcium, with 3 cups of unsweetened Almond milk in smoothies throughout the day, 90 mcg. of Vit. K, 680 mg. Strontium Bone Maker before I go to bed, along with Vit. K. Also take multi-vit. during the day, and 1 T. extra virgin olive oil in the morning and night, which studies have shown helps bone mass development…..also started natural hormones, and drink a powdered green drink each day.

    I haven’t been good at taking calcium until the past couple of months, but still try to get the calcium in my foods. Try now to eat lots of fruits and veggies and keep my diet more alkaline, instead of acidic. Don’t eat much meat, mostly chicken, beans, now little bread because I seem to be gluten intolerant.

    Since my recent diagnosis of osteoporosis, I have been more conscious of my food choices, have substituted stevia for all sugars.

    Not sure what’s working now, only know that what I’ve been doing in the past hasn’t worked because my bone density was getting worse.

    I’ve been spending lots of time trying to tweak my vitamins, and recently started taking the strontium which must not be taken with calcium. I’ve learned the importance of keeping our bodies alkaline, and in balance so I really try to stay away as much as possible from processed foods, dairy, and cheese products.

    • Sylvia August 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you Deepisani, this is very interesting information.

  • Linda Thibault August 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Sylvia,
    I totally agree with you about suncreen (see article “Sunscreen causes cancer ?!”). I live in the state of Washington and getting enough sun is a challenge especially during the fall, winter, and spring months. At present I am taking 8,000 units of Vit. D and as of last year I am low for Vit. D.

  • Linda Thibault August 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    At present I am taking magnesium, Vit. D and no calcium. I do not think my body processes calcium correctly. I personally do not know if these supplements help. I know magnesium I am told helps with my aching muscles and that vit. D is necessary for magnesium to work.

  • Sylvia June 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Sunscreen
    A recent study from the U.K. with the name “Sunlight Robbery” says that sunscreen causes chronical deficiency in Vitamin D as well as other health problems.

    It says

    “To ensure optimum level of Vitamin D and optimum health, people in the UK need to sun bathe whenever they can, wearing as few clothes as possible while taking care not to burn. Vitamin D obtained from food provides only about 10% of our needs.”

    And further:
    There are two primary reasons why sunscreen causes cancer and other health problems. First, and most importantly, the use of sunscreen blocks the skin from absorbing the sun’s rays. That’s what it’s supposed to do. But in doing so, it also blocks the creation of all-essential Vitamin D, the nutrient that the human body desperately needs to prevent as many as 25 chronic diseases. Notably: Prostate cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis, schizophrenia and heart disease.
    It tuns out that most people living in the Northern hemisphere are chronically deficient in Vitamin D. By wearing sunscreen, they are depriving their bodies of perhaps the single most important nutrient they need to stay healthy.

    The second reason sunscreen causes health problems like cancer is because most of them contain toxic chemicals in the form of artificial fragrance, chemical colors and petroleum products used as fillers and stabilizers. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin where they enter the blood stream and wreak havoc on the immune system. Artificial fragrances, just by themselves, may contain dozens of carcinogenic chemicals that damage the liver, the heart, and even promote systemic cancer.

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