The Truth About All Natural Supplements

All natural supplements may not be manufactured to remove toxins, might not be easy on the body, and probably includes ingredients that are not necessary for healthier bones.

All natural doesn't quite mean what you think it does when it comes to supplements including those for bone health.  Supplement manufacturers are well aware that “all natural” has a certain appeal and a certain type of buyer. But they may be luring you into a false sense of security.

Natural means that the substance occurs in nature, but it doesn’t mean that the substance is biologically necessary – required by our bodies for better health.

For example, both strontium and silicon occur naturally in the environment, but of the two only silicon is biologically necessary to support bone. Our bodies need silicon and we can’t form bone without it. Silicon must be replenished in the body as we age to maintain healthy bones.

In some cases, it’s not only the ingredient that’s the problem, but the fact that it is not manufactured in a regulated production facility to eliminate toxins.  An example of an all-natural source of calcium that has become popular despite the risk is sea algae.  Sea algae, also called algaecal, often contains lead and mercury from the ocean that is not removed.

In other cases, the biologically necessary nutrient is trapped in a form that cannot be used by the human body. Silicon dioxide is a naturally occurring form of silicon but in that form it’s the same as eating sand, granite, or glass. The same is true of other forms of silicon- silica, silicone and silicates – they do not provide silicon in a way that is easily absorbed by the body and beneficial to bone. Only an organic form of silicon will work.

Magnesium is another example. Magnesium is biologically necessary for bone health, but too many supplements use magnesium oxide, which is a cheap form that can be more easily (and more compactly) put into a small pressed pill. The problem with magnesium oxide is that only 4% gets into the body. Magnesium citrate is the better option because it allows 70% to get into the body. Because it takes up more room, magnesium citrate works best in a veggie capsule – which most people actually prefer! We have to start looking at supplement labels more closely and taking careful consideration of the form nutrients come in.

And there’s no point in supplementing with all-natural ingredients if those ingredients make absolutely no difference to bone health.  Some 20 vitamins and minerals are recognized as important for bone health, but they vary widely in terms of availability in our diet. We only need to supplement with those nutrients that are biologically necessary – and even then they must be in select, balanced amounts to be safe and effective for us to take every day.

For example, although manganese is important for bone health, the typical American gets more manganese than needed in regular food, and too much manganese increases the risk of brain and nerve disorders. The National Institutes of Health says, “Look out for manganese that is “hidden” in some supplements…Consuming more than 11 mg per day of manganese could cause serious and harmful side effects.” It might surprise you how many bone health products include manganese in spite of that warning.

All-natural ingredients also become a threat when contained in huge doses that might cause you to get too much when combined with a reasonable diet and a modest multivitamin for general health.

The reason that Silical® System is appropriate for almost all American adults is precisely because each and every nutrient is biologically necessary, food-based, and insufficient in our diet.

While all natural has a nice ring to it, biologically necessary is what you should really be looking for in supplements.

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