Calcium-Magnesium supplements: not just a “Lady Thing”
By the time a woman reaches her 50s, she has a 50% chance of being struck by the illness. 90% of ladiesaged 75 and older are affected. And as the figures above show, men are becoming affected at a far more frequent rate than has been the case in the past.
It should come as a relief, then, to know that osteoporosis is easily preventable. However, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, studies have shown that the average woman consumes less than 500mg of calcium per day – less than half the recommended daily intake. Preventing osteoporosis starts in childhood (if not before). Bones are living tissue, and the skeleton grows continually from birth to the end of the teen years, reaching a maximum strength and size (peak bone mass) in early adulthood, around the mid-20s. After that, we gradually lose bone tissue. By age 35, we lose an average of 1% of our bone massevery year. For 5 – 10 years after reaching menopause, women lose a 2 – 5% of bone loss per year. That adds up to 20 – 23% bone loss over the course of a man’s lifetime; 40 – 50% bone loss over the course of awoman’s life time.
Children and adolescents should:
- Make sure their nutrition meets the daily calcium requirements of their bodies (1200mg of calciumfor teenage girls: that’s about 4 full glasses of milk).
- Avoid undernutrition and protein malnutrition. Being underweight increase the risk of osteoporosis in later life by almost 100%! (For improved nutrition and complete protein, takeFormula IV Plus and Nutrishake – the perfect solution for your entire family).
- Ensure that they get enough Vitamin D in their diets and through exposure to the sun. (Formula IV Plus contains an optimal daily dose of Vitamin D).
- Participate in regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes of exercise three times per week).
- Avoid smoking (well, let’s just say it: don’t smoke at all. It’s bad for you, your friends, the environment – and please save your children if the other reasons don’t appeal!)
- Limit alcohol consumption, or avoid alcohol altogether.
The same is true of adults, who should also take part in stress-reducing activities, such as breathing exercises, physical activity and hobbies that relax the mind, since stress has been implicated in calcium deficiency. Stress of any kind can affect the level of calcium in the body. The most probable cause of this is its affect on the adrenal glands and glucose metabolism. Stress can increase blood sugar through the action of cortisol, which leads to reduced sugar tolerance. Vitamin B has been shown to be extremely effective in improving the body’s response to stress.
We cannot have a single nerve impulse, or even a thought, without calcium. Our bodies need calcium every day to
- regulate our heartbeats;
- contract our muscles;
- build bone tissue;
- reduce blood pressure;
- reduce the risk of colon cancer;
- work with Vitamin C to form collagen;
- assist with the digestion of protein.
How can I get the calcium I need each day? What if I’m lactose-intolerant and can’t have milk?
GNLD’s Cal-Mag is the ideal solution. Containing the complete amount of calcium for optimal nutrition, Cal-Mag meets the entire family’s requirements. For calcium to be adequately absorbed by the body it needs to be held in suspension bymagnesium. Magnesium also supports connective tissue such as tendons, hairand the reflexes. Magnesium aids the thyroid in manufacturing a hormone thatregulates the heartbeat. It regulates breathing. Pregnant mothers who take magnesium supplements during pregnancy have been shown to have infants and young children with fewer breathing-related concerns in their early years.
In addition to bonding the calcium to magnesium, GNLD’s unique chelation process binds the mineral molecules to two amino acids in a 2:1 ratio that ensure bioavailability, meaning that you get the maximum possible absorption of thishigh-purity calcium supplement.
For optimal bone health and stress reduction, regular exercise is essential. Studies show that at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week improve bone density and overall health and well-being significantly.
Read the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s comprehensive article on bone health and the importance of optimal nutrition, Bone Appetit.
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** Gullberg B, Johnell O, Kanis JA. Worldwide projections for hip fracture. Osteoporosis Int. 1997;7:407-13.