Osteoporosis and Calcium Supplements Don't Have To Be Expensive
Osteoporosis and calcium supplements are often considered inseparable. But heavily advertised supplements and expensive brands rarely provide superior value.
The best osteoporosis and calcium supplements will include all of the following ingredients:
The above calcium and vitamin D targets are recommended by the US National Osteoporosis Foundation and by Osteoporosis Canada for women over the age of fifty.
The vitamin K and magnesium targets are the upper levels recommended within the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) followed in the United States and Canada.
There is no RDI for boron but 1.5-3 mg is generally considered adequate.
Strontium should also be considered as an element within your bone-building program. And additional Vitamin D is indispensable in northern countries...which include any regions north of Boston, Rome or Beijing.
BOTH THE QUALITY AND THE COST OF OUR OSTEOPOROSIS AND CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS ARE IMPORTANT AS WE MAY BE BUYING THEM FOR 30-40 YEARS.
A year's supply of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K and strontium will cost approximately $200 when purchased from Puritan's Pride.
1. Puritan's Pride Bone Care (2 tablets daily)
Approximate Cost: $25/year (7 cents a day)
2. Doctor's Best Strontium Bone Maker (2 tablets daily)
Approximate Cost: $150-$170/year (41 cents a day)
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UNITED STATES-RETAIL SUPPLEMENTS
Approximate Cost: $57/ year (16 cents a day)
Few generic calcium supplements include an optimal amount of vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium. To create an osteoporosis prevention program that includes the recommended daily allowance of minerals and vitamins...three tablets from two different formulas are recommended.
1. Nature Made Calcium 750 mg.+D +K (2 tablets daily)
Cost at Costco on-line: $14 for 300 tablets (5 cents a tablet)
2. Webber Naturals Cal-Mag with D (1 tablet daily)
On-line Cost: $10 for 180 tablets (6 cents a tablet)
Approximate Cost: $72-$85/ year (21-24 cents/day)
It is particularly important that Canadians shop wisely as osteoporosis and calcium supplements that sell for 6 cents a tablet in the United States can cost 27 cents a tablet in Canada. In fact, few supplements that are available within Canadian retail stores can match the prices that are found on-line.
Plan A includes vitamin K...which has only recently been approved for sale in Canada. Plan B does not include vitamin K, so customers will have to eat those delicious leafy greens to get this valuable element in their bone building program.
Annual Cost: $85
1. Webber Naturals Cal-Mag with D (3 tablets daily)
Costco Price (early 2009): $28 for 600 tablets (5 cents each)
2. Webber Naturals Vitamin K+D (1 tablet daily)
Wal-Mart price (mid 2009) $8 for 90 tablets (9 cents a tablet)
Annual Cost: $72
Jamieson Vitamins offers similar products at a slightly higher cost.
1. Jamieson Calcium and Magnesium (3 tablets daily)
Cost: $11 for 200 tablets (5.5 cents a tablet)
2. Jamieson Vitamin D3 - 1000 IUs (1 tablet daily)
The Caltrate brand is significantly more expensive than all of the calcium carbonate supplements listed above...and 3-8 times more expensive than Puritan's Pride Bone Care.
Calcium tablets should be taken with meals and spread 4-6 hours apart while Vitamin D may be taken at any time.