What Your Calcium Supplement Should Contain - And What It Shouldn’t!
This post is written in partnership with New Chapter, however all opinions are my own. I only work with and recommend companies whose products I love, and I’m so excited to share these with you!
The majority of my clients are women in their mid-twenties through to their early fifties, and I often hear that they have been recommended by their doctor to take a calcium supplement, though they are unsure how to choose one that is beneficial for their health needs.
Until the age of around thirty women are still able to develop new bone mass, however after the age of thirty bone density breakdown overtakes bone build up, which can cause a gradual loss of bone mass, with women over the age of fifty being at most risk for osteoporosis.
Taking the right calcium supplement is a great way of increasing bone density and reducing bone breakdown, and in addition to this there are some other simple and easy healthy habits that I recommend you add into your wellness routine (at thirty eight I do these on a daily basis) for strong bones and healthy joint function:
● Perform weight bearing exercises - this can be anything that makes your muscles work against the force of gravity, and includes using barbells, dumbbells or your body weight whilst performing movements such as squats, lunges, push-ups and planks, or simply, walking, jogging, hiking and running.
● Consume foods that are naturally high in calcium - plant based options include almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts, beans and lentils, dark green vegetables such as kale, cabbage, spinach and fruits such as figs and rhubarb.
It is imperative to understand that no vitamin or mineral works alone in the body, they have a synergistic effect that must be taken into consideration when choosing your daily supplements. Just as we need fat to absorb certain vitamins, we need a smart combination of vitamins and minerals to ensure they are effective in the body.
When a client asks me to suggest a calcium supplement I always recommend New Chapter’s Bone Strength Take Care (I also take this supplement everyday as part of my morning wellness routine). I recommend this supplement as it is carefully formulated by New Chapter to include Vitamins K2 and D3, which are essential when ensuring that the calcium is absorbed efficiently and directed to the bones.* It also helps to support joint flexibility and maintain heart health, which are all essential components of optimum health and wellbeing.*
The calcium complex in New Chapter’s Bone Strength Take Care is derived from a natural plant form of Red Marine Algae (all of New Chapter’s products are whole foods based), and does not contain any limestone, chalk, synthetic fillers or binders or animal byproducts, making it suitable for vegetarian diets (it is also Non-GMO project verified, Kosher and Gluten Free). I recommend a whole foods based, minimally processed diet to all of my clients, and I love that New Chapter offers targeted supplement solutions that emulate that high standard.
*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.
National Institute on Aging. Health Information. Publications. Age Page. Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief