Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Nutrients for Bone and Joint Health Interview

This interview was given to Whole Foods Magazine, excerpts were published in the February 2011 issue:

Despite evidence in recent medical journals, including several review studies calling for a far higher RDA and UL (upper limit) that would be five times the previous levels, the IOM held true to its conservative bent and raised the RDA and the UL; but only by 50% by only 100%, respectively . Observers are somewhat disappointed, but not really surprised. The most controversial part of the IOM committee’s report is that the only proven role for vitamin D is in bone and calcium metabolism, combined with its finding that most Americans already get enough for those benefits. That should come as news to researchers from Mayo Clinic operating under an NIH grant who recently reported that “Vitamin D insufficiency is common globally and in the United States. Approximately 25-50% of patients seen in routine clinical practice have vitamin D levels below the optimal range…” It also should be news to European regulators that recognize vitamin D’s beneficial effects on muscles, immunity, inflammation, cellular health, and reproduction. We recognize the new increased recommendations for vitamin D and the new higher safety recommendation, but believe that these numbers are insufficient to support vitamin D’s roles that go beyond calcium and bone health.

The need for joint and bone health nutrients in general increases with age. Aging also tends to reduce absorption of nutrients, forcing us to take higher amounts and better forms in order to assure adequate nutrition. The tendency of many seniors to cut back on meals, for reasons such as loss of taste or smell or interest in cooking, may also increase the need for supplementation of essential nutrients. The major joint and bone problems increase with age, and studies have shown the ability of relevant nutrients to maintain healthy bone and joint structures during these vulnerable times of life. Older customers that are more likely to take calcium supplements also tend to have diminished stomach acid available for digesting calcium from food and non-chelated (predigested) forms, so tend to do better with the predigested forms. These include calcium as citrate, malate, ascorbate, or bonded to specific amino acids; all are weak acidic sources that form a stable bond with the alkaline calcium and the resulting compound simulates the calcium complexes formed naturally during proper digestion.

While calcium and vitamin D are known for their role in bone and calcium metabolism, there are other nutrients necessary for bone health. These include silica, boron, magnesium, vitamins C and K, etc. protein. Comprehensive bone formulas include over a dozen nutrients, which are also available singly.

Children need to get sunshine, exercise, and a variety of calcium from food sources to ensure the body’s needs for bone health. If the child does not eat ample amounts milk and dark green leafy vegetables, they may need to complement the diet with appropriate dietary supplements.

Adults need to take care of their bodies and not impact the joints too much with hard exercises or excess weight. Support the joints nutritionally with glucosamine, vitamin C, a good multivitamin, and natural substances that modulate inflammation.

One should not neglect the long-term benefits of glucosamine to maintain joint distances that may otherwise erode, for example, while seeking fast-term temporary relief of aches and pains. By providing those products in both categories as well as overlapping combination products, we can supply a more holistic and sustainable nutritional joint support program.

Many of the Joint Structural Support Products contain varying amounts of glucosamine and/or chondroitin, as well as MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, and other well-known ingredients.

1 comment:

Phenocane said...

Yeah Great post dude, Many of the Joint Structural Support Products contain varying amounts of glucosamine and nutrients. I have suggested to others to give comment on it. Thanks.