OSTEOPOROSIS AND CALCIUM

Osteoporosis and calcium supplements are often considered inseparable. But heavily advertised supplements and expensive brands rarely provide superior value.

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The best osteoporosis and calcium supplements will include all of the following ingredients:

1,200-1,500 mg calcium

800-1,000 IU of vitamin D

120 mcg. Vitamin K

420 mg. of Magnesium, and

1.5-3 mg. Boron

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.


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A year's supply of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K and strontium will cost approximately $200 when purchased from Puritan's Pride.


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1. Puritan's Pride Bone Care (2 tablets daily)

Approximate Cost: $25/year (7 cents a day)

Ingredients:

  • Calcium: 1,200 mg. (calcium carbonate)
  • Vitamin D3: 800 IUs
  • Magnesium: 300 mg.
  • Vitamin K1: 100 mcg.

  • 2. Doctor's Best Strontium Bone Maker (2 tablets daily)

    Approximate Cost: $150-$170/year (41 cents a day)

    Ingredients:

    • 680 mg. strontium citrate in two tablets


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    Puritan's Pride Bone Care and Doctor's Best Strontium Bone Maker are shipped worldwide directly from the manufacturer for less than $200 a year.

    For more information on how Puritan's Pride Bone Care compares in quality and price to other leading brands, visit Best Calcium.



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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)

    Ingredients:

    • Calcium: 750 mg. (calcium carbonate)
    • Vitamin D3: 500 IUs
    • Vitamin K1: 40 mcg.
    • Cost at Costco on-line: $14 for 300 tablets (5 cents a tablet)

      2. Webber Naturals Cal-Mag with D (1 tablet daily)

      Ingredients:

      • Calcium: 350 mg. (chelated)
      • Magnesium: 175 mg. (chelated)
      • D3: 100 IUs

      On-line Cost: $10 for 180 tablets (6 cents a tablet)

      Notes

      • The source of the calcium carbonate in Nature Made Calcium has been confirmed as coming from limestone rather than oysters or coral and the vitamin K is K1.
      • Costco US does not ship to Canada.



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      CANADIAN-RETAIL SUPPLEMENTS

      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.

      A

      Annual Cost: $85

      1. Webber Naturals Cal-Mag with D (3 tablets daily)

      Ingredients:

      • Calcium: 350 mg. ( chelated ).
      • Magnesium: 175 mg. (chelated)
      • D3: 100 IUs

      Costco Price (early 2009): $28 for 600 tablets (5 cents each)

      2. Webber Naturals Vitamin K+D (1 tablet daily)

      Ingredients:

      • Vitamin K1: 120 mcg.
      • Vitamin D3: 1,000 IU

      Wal-Mart price (mid 2009) $8 for 90 tablets (9 cents a tablet)

      B

      Annual Cost: $72

      Jamieson Vitamins offers similar products at a slightly higher cost.

      1. Jamieson Calcium and Magnesium (3 tablets daily)

      • Calcium: 333 mg. (chelated)
      • Magnesium: 167 mg. (chelated)

      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.

      For a price comparison of generic osteoporosis and calcium supplements....visit Best Calcium.


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