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Plan to Protect Your Bones

Plan to Protect Your Bones 

 When you make your bones a priority, you're helping to ensure mobility and independence well into old age. And it's never too early—or too late—to get started. Here's a plan for building stronger, healthier bones: 

 Make sure you're taking the right type of calcium. If you're taking a calcium carbonate supplement like Caltrate, you're simply not getting the calcium your body needs. Calcium carbonate is the least absorbable form of calcium around.1 For better results, choose calcium citrate. And don't get hung up on the traditional dosage of 1,200 mg. Because your bones utilize calcium citrate better, you need less. This means taking 600 mg daily will do.

 Add in vitamin D. Taking 2,000 IU of the sunshine vitamin helps shuttle calcium into bones.

 Include magnesium. A lack of magnesium in the body may contribute to osteoporosis in several ways, including lowering the production of vitamin D and decreasing the activity of bone-forming cells.2 Add 400-800 mg of supplemental magnesium citrate every day.
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