How Calcium Builds Bone

You can’t build bone without calcium, but that’s the last part of bone formation after everything else is in place. In order to get calcium into your body, you need a form of calcium that is easy to digest and absorb. Calcium carbonate is the most efficient, effective, and most recommended type  for calcium supplementation.

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But calcium works best when combined with other bone health vitamins and minerals. Vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium and boron helps keep calcium in the body. Inositol helps release calcium into the bone and Vitamin K strengthens the bond between the calcium and the collagen framework.

How much calcium you take is also of great concern, as several scientific studies show that the risk of heart attack increases with more than 500 mg of calcium supplementation. However, that risk substantially lowers when calcium is taken with other vitamins. Although the risk of heart attacks may be slightly increased, some studies do show that the death rate from all causes - including heart attacks - is still less in people who take some calcium supplements.  Also, it’s important to understand that the body cannot absorb more than 500 mg of calcium at one time, so taking more in a bone health supplement will be wasted.  Since the average calcium intake from food alone in a typical American diet is 700 - 900 mg, a 500 mg supplement brings the total to the recommended amount for most people.

The recommended total daily calcium intake is 1200 mg per day counting food and supplements. Excessive calcium may be harmful, and more than 2,000 mg of calcium per day actually increases the risk of breaking a bone because the bones become brittle from too much calcium.

There is no denying that calcium is one of the building blocks of bone health.  It is absolutely essential for the formation and maintenance of strong bones and prevents bone loss associated with osteoporosis.  Calcium provides bone hardness, but bone hardness is just one measure of healthy bones. Bone health also requires a strong collagen framework so that bone has some flexibility to absorb impact and falls.

This is why Silical System* provides ingredients that help build collagen and proteins for the bone framework while also providing useful forms of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D to help make the bone hard. Focusing only on the calcium overlooks the nature of complete bone health.

Silical 1 is an easy to digest veggie capsule that contains 500 mg of calcium, as calcium carbonate, plus vitamin D and an absorbable form of magnesium for bone mineralization. Taking Silical 2 at least two hours after you take Silical 1 gives calcium and vitamin D time to absorb. The extra ingredients in Silical 2 provide silicon and other essential nutrients that increase the effectiveness of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D to promote both bone hardness and collagen support.

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

2 thoughts on “How Calcium Builds Bone”

  • Calcium Boy

    Thanks for mentioning the importance of Magnesium and especially Vitamin D for proper absorption of Calcium. Love to hear what you guys think of plant based sources for calcium as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Institute for Better Bone Health

      This blog post answers exactly that question: "The Best and Worst Forms of Calcium Supplements" http://localhost/wordpress/kyle/blog_bonehealthnow/2013/10/The-Best-and-Worst-Forms-of-Calcium-Supplements.html Plant-based calcium focuses on the source of the calcium and a lot of the 'benefits' are sales gimmicks. The form of calcium is most important. Calcium carbonate is widely accepted as the most efficient, effective and safe form for supplements.

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