|Evan Watson, NatureCity author & contributor|
A plant derived form of calcium may help boost bone density according to a study published in the April 2011 issue of the Nutrition Journal. The study was conducted by researchers at the Texas-based Integrative Health Technologies (IHTI).
For the study, the researchers performed two separate trials with a total of 175 participants. The researcher put both groups in the same “bone health” plan that included supplementation, bone health education and increased physical activity.
One group received an AlgaeCal supplement, and the second group received the ‘revised’ AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost supplement. Both supplements contained plant derived calcium as well as strontium, magnesium and other minerals known to play a role in bone health.
After a year the researchers saw a 2.18% increase in bone mineral density among the participants given the revised supplement compared to a 0.48% increase for the other group.
They noted that the highest increases in both groups were seen in participants who followed the dosage instructions.
Osteoporosis is a serious health issue characterized by low bone mass which leads to an increased risk of fractures. Women are 4 times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 70% of women over the age of 80 have osteoporosis.
Calcium has been shown to help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of ccolorectal cancer and stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with longevity.
Other ways to possibly improve bone mass and avoid osteoarthritis include taking a vitamin D supplement, calcium supplements and consuming more omega-3 fatty acids.