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Study: New Dietary Supplement Beats Calcium, Vitamin D for Bone Strength

A new study by a Florida State University researcher reveals that a new dietary supplement is superior to calcium and vitamin D when it comes to bone health, reported Science Daily.

Over a 12-month period, Bahram H. Arjmandi, Margaret A. Sitton, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging (CAENRA) at Florida State, studied the impact of the dietary supplement KoACT versus calcium and vitamin D on bone loss. KoACT is a calcium-collagen chelate, a compound containing calcium and collagen that are bound together, according to Science Daily, adding the study was funded by AIDP, Inc., the manufacturer of the product tested.

Vitamin D & Calcium for Bone Health

Vitamin D & Calcium for Bone Health

Calcium and vitamin D are generally thought of as the first line of defense when it comes to bone health, but Arjmandi’s research found that the calcium-collagen chelate was more effective in slowing bone loss, according to the report. “This is crucial information for the health of women,” Arjmandi said. “Women in early menopause experience rapid bone loss.”

A group of 39 women were randomly divided into two groups, with the control group taking a capsule that was a mix of calcium and vitamin D. The other group took the calcium-collagen chelate. The women taking the calcium-collagen chelate saw substantially less bone loss than the control group over a year’s time. The group taking the calcium-collagen chelate, saw a loss of 1.23 percent in bone mineral density, while the control group saw a 3.75 percent loss.

“We take our bones for granted,” Arjmandi said. “If we do not prevent the loss of bone, our bones will be looking for an excuse to break.”

In the U.S., more than 44 million people have or are at risk for osteoporosis, a chronic and potentially debilitating condition. Although there are some drugs available to treat it, most medical professionals have turned to nutrition and exercise to treat the condition, according to the report.

Arjmandi’s study is published in the most recent issue of Journal of Medicinal Food.

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