Excessive Minerals In Your Bone Supplement?

Does Your Bone Health Supplement Have Excessive Minerals?

Zinc, manganese, and copper are three common minerals found in some bone health supplements.  These are important for bone health, but the typical diet provides enough that supplementation is rarely needed – and may be harmful. This makes it more important than ever to know your daily, recommended allowance, and to know exactly what your supplement is made of!
Here’s a look at three commonly added minerals to bone health supplements.

Zinc “For Injury or Insufficient Diet, Avoid Excess”

Zinc supplements may decrease calcium and magnesium absorption, so it’s important to avoid excessive zinc in bone health supplements. Especially among older women, where  zinc supplementation has been associated with slightly greater total mortality risk, according to the study “Dietary supplements and mortality rate in older women: the Iowa Women's Health Study.”

Zinc is available in a wide variety of foods including red meat, shellfish, nuts, dairy, poultry, and beans. The average American woman over the age of 40 is consuming more than the recommended amount of zinc per day. The NIH recommends 8 mg yet the average consumption is 9.5 mg. And the European Food Safety Commission only recommends 5.5 mg of zinc per day for women. Some common supplements for bone health add as much as 15 mg of zinc, and that could put some people over the safe level.

The numbers are similar for men. Thus, zinc in the form of supplements is not necessary for most adults.  Zinc supplements may be useful in times of stress or injury or for vegetarians or elderly adults who do not consume much protein.

Manganese “Some Products Contain Dangerous Levels”


Manganese plays an important role in helping the body form bones and tissue. Like zinc it is readily available in a variety of foods, like cereal, nuts, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, pineapples, beans, mollusks (like clams, oysters and mussels), dark chocolate, cinnamon, and tea.  The amount of manganese consumed in the typical American diet appears to be enough to meet daily needs. Regardless, manganese is sometimes added to supplements.  Excessive intake of manganese is associated with serious health problems including mental impairment and Parkinson’s disease. The recommended daily allowance of manganese is 2.3 mg for men, yet the average intake is 3.4 mg. For women the recommended intake is 2.3 mg and the average intake is 2.7 mg. So for most adults, there is little need to add manganese to a bone health supplement or multivitamins. The NIH states,“Consuming more than 11 mg per day of manganese could cause serious and harmful side effects”.  Some bone health supplements have as much as 20 mg of manganese! Read labels carefully and avoid harmful metals like manganese.

Copper “A Healthy Diet Should Suffice for Bone Health”

 Copper supplementation is also associated with an increased risk of total mortality.  Among people with Alzheimer’s disease, copper has been shown to accumulate in the brain. Some copper is needed to form bone, but there is little need to add it to bone health supplements as most Americans get plenty of copper in their daily food consumption. Copper is available in a wide variety of foods including meats, seafood, nuts, grains, mushrooms, coffee and cocoa. The recommended daily allowance for copper is .9 mg for men or women, yet the average daily intake is 1.1 mg - so most adults are getting more than they need without supplements.

How do the ingredients in Silical® supplements compare?
Silical System provides a balanced amount of vitamins and minerals including calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium;  along with breakthrough nutrients organic silicon, vitamin K, boron, inositol, L-arginine, and vitamin C in a specialized formula that improves the effects of Calcium and Vitamin D .  These nutrients are all food-based and insufficient in the typical American diet.  Silical System is not over-designed like other supplements – all nutrients are selected based on safe levels established by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the latest advancements in bone health. Know what’s in your supplements!

6 thoughts on “Excessive Minerals In Your Bone Supplement?”

  • Sara Lisa

    Wow! learned some chemistry. Women's Health

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    • Institute for Better Bone Health

      Hi Sara, So glad to learn you found our post informative, and we hope you will come back often to read more of the latest news and developments in bone health. As an addendum to this post, you might find this comparison chart interesting that shows exactly how much of each of these ingredients are contained in some common bone health supplement brands, as well as Silical™ System.https://www.bonehealthnow.com/cms/CompareBoneHealthSupplements_67.aspxAnd of course we welcome any questions you may have about our company and Silical™ line of bone health supplementsCheers!

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    Crucial mineral that keeps blood pressure normal and makes bones stronger, magnesium is considered as the important mineral that support the body by maintaining the working of heart and keeping it steady.

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  • Institute for Better Bone Health

    True, magnesium (often confused with manganese because of the similarity in name) is important for bone health as it helps to absorb calcium into the body. That's why Silical™ 1 contains optimal levels of magnesium with other essential bone building nutrients calcium and vitamin D, formulated to work at maximum effect with Silical™ 2.

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