Healthy Bones Last

Healthy Bones Last a Lifetime

Bone is a Living Tissue

Bone is a hard substance that forms the framework around which the body is built. This framework, or skeleton, contains over 200 separate bones that support and give shape to the body and protect its vital organs. Contrary to a common misconception, bone is a living substance! In fact, bone is one of the most active tissues in the body. It is constantly being broken down and rebuilt in a process called remodeling and, like any other living tissue, needs nourishment to stay strong and healthy.

How Bone is Formed

To begin the process of bone formation, bone cells use proteins and other building blocks to produce a substance known as collagen. Collagen fibers develop quickly to form an organic mesh, or net, that calcium, phosphorus, and numerous other minerals attach to. Over a period of days and weeks (and through a crystallization process involving substitution and addition of various minerals) the mixture of different minerals attaching to this organic net changes, producing the finished product called hydroxyapatite crystals. These hydroxyapatite crystals are what make bone so hard. It is easy to appreciate that bone (pictured in the illustration below) is much more than just calcium.

Other cells facilitate the nourishment of bone by participating in the exchange of nutrients between the bone and the blood. Still other bone cells help to shape, or remodel, the bone by digesting any unneeded pieces.

                   Why Strong Bones Depend on Proper Nourishment

There are three reasons why strong bones are dependent on proper nourishment: 1.) to keep the bone cells healthy and active; 2.) to supply the variety of important nutritional building blocks needed to form the organic matrix of bone; and 3.) to supply the complex of minerals that need to be placed on the organic net making up the finished, hardened component of bone known as hydroxyapatite crystals. With proper nourishment, a healthy lifestyle, and favorable genetics, healthy bones can last a lifetime!

  Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite Concentrate:

Exceptional Bone Nourishment!

Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC) is derived from whole bone and is available as a nutritional supplement. It provides much greater nourishment for bones than calcium alone by also providing phosphorus and magnesium, as well as many trace minerals including zinc and manganese. In addition, MCHC contains proteins and other organic factors that naturally occur in bone and are necessary for bone health. Exciting research suggests that growth factors, which are a part of the protein component, play a critical role in the effectiveness of MCHC on bone health. Not only do these growth factors stimulate the formation of new bone tissue, but they may also inhibit the resorption, or breakdown, of bone.

There is no doubt that calcium is essential for healthy bone formation; however, trace minerals and organic factors are also important. Because bone is a complex, highly mineralized tissue, a number of trace mineral deficiencies can impair bone formation and remodeling. Trace minerals also act as cofactors for several enzymes involved in the production of the organic portion of bone. Because MCHC is actual bone, it contains these vital components that are important for a healthy skeleton. It truly is comprehensive bone nourishment.

Good Mineral Absorption With MCHC
As we age, our ability to absorb calcium and other minerals may decline. The calcium in MCHC is bioavailable and therefore well absorbed.

 Benefits of MCHC
A number of benefits related to MCHC are summarized below:

  • Along with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, it may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

  • Bioavailable calcium source.

  • Contains collagen protein, growth factors, and chondroitin sulfate­organic factors that promote bone formation.

  • Contains minerals other than calcium that are involved in bone formation and skeletal metabolism: phosphorus, fluoride, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and others.

Assuring the Purity of MCHC

All MCHC products are not created equal. There are many synonyms for the word "hydroxyapatite" that are commonly, yet erroneously, equated with "microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate." They lack the full complement of minerals, organic factors, and the microcrystalline structure so important to the effectiveness of true MCHC. Modern laboratory analysis can now be conducted to confirm the presence of authentic MCHC in a nutritional supplement.

                                        Types of Calcium Supplements:  Their Advantages and Disadvantages
 Advantages  Disadvantages
Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite
 25% calcium

• Well absorbed calcium source.
• Comprehensive bone nourishment
• Provides organic constituents
   and minor components.

• None.
Calcium Citrate
 24% calcium

• Well absorbed.
• Reduces risk of kidney stones.
• Absorbed by those with poor digestion.

• Not a complete bone food.

Calcium Aspartate
 20% calcium
• Well absorbed.
• Not a complete bone food.

Calcium Amino Acid Chelate
 10-20% calcium

• Well absorbed.
• Not a complete bone food.
• Often incorrectly made as a soy blend

Calcium Ascorbate
 10% calcium
• Well absorbed.
• Non-acidic vitamin C source.
• Not a complete bone food.

Calcium Lactate
 15% calcium

• Well absorbed.
• Not a complete bone food.
• May contain milk arid/or yeast by-products.
• Made from fermentation of molasses,
whey, starch, or sugar with calcium Carbonate.
Calcium Carbonate
 40% calcium

• Cheapest source of calcium.

• Not a complete bone food.
• May be malabsorbed by those with poor digestion.
• Antacid effect may interfere with digestion and cause gas.
Bone Meal
 39% calcium
• Contains multiple minerals needed for bone.

• May contain high lead, arsenic, cadmium, etc.
• Organic constituents substantially destroyed by heat during processing.
Adapted from Advanced Nutrition Publications, Inc.