90% of post-menopausal women have a significant bone loss, called osteoporosis, that can start as early as age 25. Studies have shown that you can minimize this bone loss by taking calcium each day, along with Vitamin D to aid its absorption and exercising to increase bone density. Although many foods contain calcium, you'll need about 1200 mg. per day, which probably means you'll have to take supplements. It is almost virtually impossible to consume that amount in food per day. The vitamin D you need is produced when sunlight comes in contact with your skin, so spend some time outside each day, preferably exercising.
This is very important to know. It is a silent disease because you don't know you have it until you start breaking bones. Just because you do not fit the "usual" profile (short, small boned caucasian female) do not assume that means you aren't at risk. I am 53. I got a full scan recently and discovered I have Osteoporosis! I encourage everyone to get the full scan as a base line. Do not get the heel or wrist scan.
Are you a guy? It is true women are suseptible more than men, but men are still at risk.
Here is the site for good information. It is the main organization
One 8 ounce serving of milk has 30% of a day's calcium requirement. Most drinking glasses used these days hold more than 8 ounces. So, drink a glass of milk at breakfast, another at lunch, and one for supper -- and you have nearly met the requirement right there.
True! And, a little known fact about calcium is that it also helps with PMS, in that the greater the calcium deficency, the more severe the PMS, and that products like Midol only treat the symptoms. Calcium + D treats the cause, but, like joesgirl said, it has to be taken every day, even if it's not "that time". It made a Huge difference for me. Plus, I've heard it also helps with colon polyps.
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What is the name of the bone health supplement that Dr. Oz recently mentioned?
Go to Google.com. type in Dr Oz bone supplement.
I think the bone supplement recently recommended by Dr Oz is AlgaeCal plus.
Dr. Oz is a nice enough guy, but he's too quick to declare something as fact based on just one scientific study. He's also too quick to talk as if only one magic supplement will do the trick, when there are many equally effective supplements out there.
For bone health, you need Calcium, vitamin D to help you absorb the calcium, and protein.
The key is to finding a form of calcium that won't constipate you (calcium carbonate is never a good form of calcium to take). Anything in the form of a hard pill isn't good, because it's hard for your system to break down. (That's why anything you get at a supermarket or chain drug store isn't very effective.) A clear capsule with powder inside is a better bet, and there are many brands like this available at places like GNC or any health food store.
If you can't find a calcium supplement like this that's paired with vitamin D, then you can buy the D separately, either as an oil-filled type of capsule or a dry type in a clear capsule. Drug store vitamin D capsules are fine, in this case.
As for protein, you should pretty much try to get that from your diet. Your doctor can recommend dietary sources, and there's info on the internet as well. Just don't fall into any fad diet traps! :)
Another very important thing for bone health is any sort of impact exercise, like walking. It stimulates your body to produce more bone. A trampoline won't work, as that softens the impact too much.
Dr. Oz has had a couple of shows recently that were devoted to building strong bones. The supplement he mentioned is Algaecal (made from marine plants in South America). Dosage: 1 capsule 3 times per day.
Hope this answers your question! Blessings.