New Warnings Confirm Calcium and Vitamin D Alone Do Not Prevent Fracture

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against the use of low or moderate doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements for healthy women, concluding they don’t work to prevent fractures and might increase the risk of kidney stones.  The recommendation, a final version of preliminary guidelines released in June 2012, is the latest evidence against the effectiveness of these vitamin supplements alone for reducing the risk of fracture and maintaining healthy bones.

“The recommendation is an official vote of no confidence in a very popular supplement combination”, a major news source reports.


Specifically, the Task Force confirms that 400 IU of vitamin D is not enough, while 1000 mg of calcium is too much, and in fact poses significant health risks. Institute for Better Bone Health is in agreement that more vitamin D and less calcium are a healthier balance. That’s why Silical® System* is specially formulated with other ingredients including magnesium, organic silicon, and vitamin K2 to improve the effects of calcium and vitamin D, and allow calcium and vitamin D to stay at safe, recommended levels. The Endocrine Society recommends 1500 IU of vitamin D per day.  This number may seem high but the tolerable amount is actually 4000.  Because it is almost impossible to get the daily recommended amount of vitamin D for bone health from just foods, supplementation with 1000 IU (the amount in Silical® 1) is necessary on a daily basis.

Vitamin D and calcium are the most commonly known and manufactured supplements for women - especially post-menopausal women - for the prevention of fractures and osteoporosis. Until recently calcium and vitamin D were assumed to be the only nutrients required for bone health supplementation, even with evidence that too much calcium increases the risk of heart attack and kidney stones.  While both are certainly important to bone health, the USPSTF recommendation confirms that other nutrients are essential for optimal bone health.  To this point, a new approach to bone health supplementation that combines breakthrough ingredients with standbys calcium and vitamin D, and increased attention on those nutrients that are difficult to get from diet alone, is commended.

*Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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