To Your Health
September, 2010 (Vol. 04, Issue 09)
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Zhang, et al. (also in 2007) showed that supplementation with 60 mg of icariin could increase bone density in postmenopausal women. After two years of supplementation, bone mineral density at the hip (femoral neck) and lower spine (lumbar) increased by 1.6 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively, in the icariin group, and decreased by 1.8 and 2.4 percent, respectively, in the placebo group.

Don't risk suffering the devastating consequences of an osteoporotic fracture. With your doctor's guidance, osteoporosis is preventable in almost every case. Be sure to discuss this issue with them before it's too late!

By following a simple two-step supplementation protocol, as outlined above, you can help prevent the devastating and sometimes life-threatening consequences of osteoporosis - a major health problem in modern society. It is also important to follow good dietary practices and do weight-bearing exercise to complete the lifestyle management protocol for osteoporosis prevention and management. As well, regular chiropractic treatments help to keep you more functional and maintain pain-free movement patterns. This allows you to participate in physical activity at the level required for optimal osteoporosis protection. Your doctor can provide you with additional information regarding the health consequences of poor bone health and simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing osteopororis.

Supplemental Bone Health: Two Simple Steps

bridge over water - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark To reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis (and lessen its severity if it does develop at some point in your life), you should take a high-potency multivitamin/mineral and a well-designed bone support formula beginning at age 16 to be sure you are getting the bone nutrients required for prevention and reversal of osteoporosis. Don't worry if you're not 16 anymore; starting today is better than not starting at all.

1. High-Potency Multivitamin/Mineral

  • Vitamin A (palmitate): 2,500 IU
  • Beta carotene: 10,000 IU
  • Vitamin D (cholecalciferol): 400 IU
  • Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol succinate): 400 IU
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid): 1,000 mg
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine mononitrate): 50 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 50 mg
  • Niacin (niacinimide): 50 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride): 50 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin): 50 mcg
  • Folic acid: 400 mcg
  • Biotin - 300 mcg
  • D-pantothenic acid (calcium d-pantothenate): 50 mg
  • Calcium (carbonate & citrate): 500 mg
  • Iron (ferrous fumarate): 6 mg
  • Magnesium (magnesium oxide): 200 mg
  • Zinc (citrate): 15 mg
  • Copper (gluconate): 2 mg
  • Chromium (hvp chelate): 50 mcg
  • Manganese (gluconate): 5 mg
  • Selenium (hvp chelate): 100 mcg
  • Molybdenum (citrate): 50 mcg
  • Bioflavonoids (citrus complex): 50 mg
  • Lycopene (5%): 6 mg
  • Lutein (5%): 6 mg

2. Bone Support Formula

  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol): 800 IU
  • Calcium (as calcium carbonate and citrate): 600 mg
  • Magnesium (as magnesium chelate): 300 mg
  • Icariin flavonoid (from 200 mg of Epimedium): 60 mg
  • Betaine hydrochloride: 10 mg
  • Bamboo extract (Bambusa vulgaris, leaf and stem, 70% silicone): 4.4 mg

James Meschino, DC, MS, practices in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the author of four nutrition books, including The Meschino Optimal Living Program and Break the Weight Loss Barrier.