Supplement Spotlight: Calcium for Better Bones

Written by on May 27, 2014 in products, Supplement Spotlight with 4 Comments

You know how they say young people think they’re invincible? Yeah, I never had that problem. I always looked both ways before crossing the street. I flossed my teeth every night. I got eight hours of sleep, no matter what.

So you get the picture: I was worried (and maybe a little paranoid) when it came to my health. But I took all the right precautions, so I felt like I probably had things under control.

Supplement Spotlight - Active Calcium

Your body uses calcium for blood clotting, nerve conduction, cell division, and other important functions.

Then, when I was in college, I took a bone-density test, just because it was offered for free at my school. I figured I had nothing to worry about, because I was pretty young.

But when I took the test, I got a score of -1.2, which the nurse told me was a sign of osteopenia. This is a condition that can lead to osteoporosis later in life.

Needless to say, I freaked right out. In my mind, this meant my bones were dissolving and I’d be a big floppy noodle by the time I was 30.

This was when I started taking my bones a little more seriously. But I was confused — I thought I already ate plenty of calcium-rich foods, so why weren’t my bones super strong?

I learned that your body uses calcium for blood clotting, nerve conduction, cell division, and other important functions. In fact, calcium is so vital that if the body doesn’t receive enough from your diet, it will start pulling it from your bones — which was probably the problem I was having in college. (Well, one of many problems, but that’s another story.)

Leafy greens such as kale can be a good source of calcium.

Leafy greens such as kale can be a good source of calcium.

The Best Sources

When people talk about calcium, they usually talk about dairy products. But dairy is often loaded with saturated fat, which you probably don’t want for a number of reasons. Don’t be discouraged though — it turns out that dairy isn’t the only way to get your daily dose of calcium.

I was surprised to learn that some great sources of calcium are actually fresh vegetables, including leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collards.

Certain types of fish can be good sources — canned sardines and salmon, for example. Many foods are fortified with calcium, such as certain breakfast cereals and some juices.

Necessary Nutrients

USANA Active Calcium Chewable

Tired of kale? Turn to USANA’s Active Calcium or Active Calcium Chewable.

If you aren’t getting enough calcium in your diet (and let’s face it, kale is in right now, but I can’t eat it every day), you should look for a quality calcium supplement such as Active Calcium™ or Active Calcium™ Chewable.

These supplements include plenty of vitamin D, which promotes calcium absorption and helps build strong bones.

Both of these supplements also contain magnesium, an essential nutrient that plays a key role in the bone remodeling process. In addition, it helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth — so it’s pretty obvious why USANA included it in these two bone-building supplements.

Active Calcium also comes complete with vitamin K, which influences the rate of mineralization of the bone matrix. Overall, it’s good news for your bones.

After I did my research, I started doing some weight bearing and resistance training, walking every day, eating green salads, and taking calcium supplements.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know about USANA back then, but now that I do, I keep a bottle of Active Calcium Chewable at my desk so I’ll remember to take the recommended four tablets every day.

I know my bones aren’t invincible, so I better take care of them.

Sources:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/calcium-and-milk/
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/calcium-vitamin-d-foods
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  1. Elizabeth L. says:

    Thanks for the reminder about building healthy bones even in the “young” years!

  2. An excellent article with a wide variety of ideas on how to fortify our bone density. Such an important topic! It is one of those “Silent” diseases that you don’t even know is happening until you are told you have Osteoporosis. Take it seriously now!

  3. Toni says:

    I totally agree with you, A lot of young people don’t pay much attention on their health and doesn’t take a lot health problems seriously especially the ones related to strong bones. They think that that worrying about strong bones is an old man’s game where in fact we should start as early as we can to make sure that we’ll stay in good posture when we get old. We should treat our body like our financial status, Invest on it while you are young so that you can be secured when you get old. I started paying more attention to my health when I was in college because I got so busy with a lot of things and I know I can’t afford to be sick, I feel like a made the right decision doing that because it trained me on what to expect in my adult life. I’ve been so busy in my work right now and my investment in health is paying off.

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