New Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D

A new draft recommendation by the U.S Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may cause you to rethink your calcium and vitamin D supplement routine.
The USPSTF looked at the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements in adults, with an eye towards preventing fractures related to osteoporosis.  The recommendation relied on a long-running study of women taking calcium and vitamin D, known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).
The USPSTF concluded that 1,000 mg a day of calcium and 400 IUs of vitamin D do not prevent fractures in healthy women.  This is not surprising news, as we have known for a long time that calcium and vitamin D are critical but are not enough alone to prevent fractures.

Finding a balance in the amount of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients is critical for bone health.  Diet must also be factored into one’s supplementation plan. Too much calcium may cause kidney stones or increase the risk of heart attack.
The amount of calcium in Silical® 1 is based on guidelines for best absorption and risk reduction.  The USPSTF report and others call for further research into the benefits of higher levels of vitamin D—closer to the amount in Silical® 1.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation echoed this request, responding: “We are concerned that insufficient intake of these nutrients could contribute to a greater number of broken bones.”

The USPSTF report should encourage everyone to recognize that there is more to bone health than just calcium and vitamin D. This is why Silical® 2 was developed to provide other nutrients that are essential for bone health, including many that are neglected in the diets of American adults.  Taken together, our Silical® System is the balance of nutrients you need for optimum bone health.

Visit our website for more information and to order Silical®  System.*
For more information on the USPSTF report, read the draft recommendation or the consumer-friendly factsheet.
*Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
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