Posts Tagged ‘liqui-calcium’

Put vitamin “d” in your diet!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

A new study shows that consumption of calcium and vitamin D while on a diet regimen, actually helps to facilitate further weight loss:

In a study involving an analysis of data collected from a 2-year trial involving 322 subjects (mean BMI: 31 kg/m(2), mean age: 52 years), of which 126 were followed for 6 months for serum vitamin D changes, higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D were found to be associated with greater diet-induced weight loss. According to multivariate logistic regression modeling adjusted for age, sex, baseline BMI, total fat intake, diet group, vitamin D concentration, and dairy calcium, a 1 SD increase in dairy calcium intake increased the likelihood of weight loss >4.5 kg in the preceding 6 months (OR=1.45), and a similar increase was seen for serum 25(OH)D at 6 months as well (OR=1.7). The authors conclude, “Our study suggests that both higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D are related to greater diet-induced weight loss.”

In addition, vitamin D & calcium can offer some protection against Osteoporosis and are thought to enhance the immune system.  So get plenty of exercise, eat a healthy, low fat diet, drink milk, and be sure to take a highly absorbable calcium/vitamin D nutritional supplement for stronger bones and better overall health.  Your bones, waistline and health will all thank you!

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Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39386, “Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D, and successful weight loss,” Shahar DR, Schwarzfuchs D, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2010 Nov; 92(5): 1017-22. (Address: S. Daniel Abraham Center for Health and Nutrition and the Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. E-mail: dshahar@bgu.ac.il ).

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Milk Dud

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I have a bone to pick.  I’m a person who doesn’t care for milk.  I know it’s wrong. I know I should just get over it, plug my nose and drink it anyway while embracing milk’s clever little ad campaigns.  But I just can’t.  And lately I’ve been a little concerned about the health of my bones as a result of my aversion to frosty cold cow juice.  So I decided to figure out what my alternatives are, if I choose to stay on the milk-free wagon.

Solanova bone health liqui-calciumOld bone is replaced by new bone everyday.  But as we age, our bodies lose their ability to regenerate new bone at the same rate, therefore leaving us vulnerable to fractures and other complications.  This is not great news for we non-milk imbibers.  Oftentimes bone mass loss isn’t detected until the problem is already severe, so it’s important to consume (and absorb) as much calcium as you possibly can.

So what foods (besides milk) are high in calcium?  Turns out not only are cheese and yogurt full of calcium, but also non-dairy foods such as collard greens, spinach, nuts, and even papaya are relatively high in calcium.  I have to report, however, that milk really is one of the best sources of calcium.  Sigh. Lucky for me there are plenty of quality calcium supplements that I can take anytime and they taste nothing like cow udder.  Hurrah!

Lastly, for good bone health, in addition to taking calcium (in some form) every day, it would behoove me (and you too) to join the gym rats and pump some iron.  Weight training is excellent for maintaining strong bones-and it doesn’t hurt your physique either!  So maybe I can actually fulfill my body’s calcium need by taking great supplements, eating mounds of collared greens and spinach, and sporting a requisite weight-training belt.

And if all else fails, I guess I can force down a chocolate milkshake once in awhile.  One has to sacrifice for one’s health sometimes.

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Read more about bone health and how to maintain good, strong bones throughout your life here.  Some of our products that help to enhance bone health are Liqui-Calcium, that supplies high levels of calcium absorption, Super Glucosamine that supports joint and cartilage health, and MultiSential Plus for full-spectrum multi-vitamin nutrition.  No bones about it!

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Let the Sunshine in

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Sunshine brings Vitamin D

You know that big, scary, powerful, orange fireball in the sky?  No? You mean you’ve been hiding from it for the last, say, twenty years?  Much like eggs and the cholesterol battle, our poor, neglected sun has been getting a bad rap lately.  That’s not to say you should go old school, break out the bathing suit and slather yourself with baby oil, but it turns out that a little- i.e. 15 minutes-of unprotected sun exposure 3 times a week can be good for you.  Yes, good for you.

There’s a good reason we have a sun smiling down on us (and who could afford the heating bill otherwise?).  We are running a vitamin D deficit; some studies show that overall we get 50% less vitamin D absorption than we need for a healthy lifestyle.  Vitamin D is best known for aiding calcium absorption and building strong bones but is now thought to also help thwart certain types of cancer, heart disease and other chronic health conditions.  Taking a quality supplement can help with our shortage of this crucial vitamin.  And the sun wants to help us out too.  Vitamin D is so vital to our health that our bodies manufacture it automatically, but only after our skin has been exposed to ample sunlight.

So toss off that oversized hat and leave the sun block at home-for a few minutes anyway.  It’s time to catch some rays, literally.  And be sure to take your vitamins too.  After all, they’re good for you and will help you have a happy and healthy summer.

Enjoy!

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Want to read more about vitamin D and calcium?  Check out our health library for more information.  Besides a healthy serving of sunshine, we offer several nutritional supplements that can aid vitamin D absorption and supplementation.  Liqui-Calcium is a high-powered amalgam of six essential sources of calcium which includes vitamin D and other minerals.  And our renown multi vitamin, MultiSential Plus, boasts a complete blend of vitamins and minerals including 600 IU’s of vitamin D.

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