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What Type of Calcium Should I Take to Prevent Osteoporosis?

What Type of Calcium Should I Take to Prevent Osteoporosis?

We recommend Bone Strength by Protocol with MCHC as the Calcium supplement of choice for our patients as well as a Vitamin D test which often results in additional supplementation of Vitamin D3 by Metagenics.

First we must understand what osteoporosis or osteopenia is in comparison to normal healthy bones. Osteoporosis is a generalized decrease in bone tissue mass per unit volume, causing skeletal (bone) weakness and osteopenia is basically the early stages of lesser bone density. Easy explanation less bone equals weaker bones. It is more common in women, but does occur in men and usually starts to appear between 51 and 75 years of age. If your concerned about either of these, we can send you out for a dexa scan to determine your bone mass for either your copay if covered or the low price of $75 if paying same day and Vitamin D3 tests are available for around $45 or less on a general basis.

Q. What is MCHC?

A. Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC)

Q. How does MCHC compare to other forms of calcium?

A. Most over the counter supplements or local "health food" sources contain Calcium Carbonate which is one of the worst forms of calcium to ingest, but since it is cheap, many companies use it to increase their revenue or decrease their costs. In fact it has been shown to cause more problems than good.

Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC) is a compound derived from a whole animal bone, which is comprised of calcium, magnesium, zinc, silica, manganese, and other trace minerals. MCHC has been shown to support bone health by acting as "bone food." Whereas other forms of calcium should be considered simply as "good sources of calcium," and calcium is important for many health reasons other than bone, MCHC provides more nutrients than just elemental calcium for effective bone support. 

While MCHC is an effective source of calcium, its primary benefit comes in bone support formulas. Certainly calcium has many non-bone uses and other types of calcium remain important in overall health. But, a compound such as calcium citrate or any other form of calcium alone is unlikely to be superior to MCHC as a "complete bone food."

On the other hand, calcium alone is important in many body processes and the use of calcium as citrate, lactate, or other chelated forms also provide excellent sources of calcium. Certainly, adding a bone-specific calcium formula to any multivitamin remains a proper choice.

Don't wait until it's too late! Once you lose your health, it's hard to get it back.

Please ask Dr. Kurt Michaux for additional information.

♦ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.