There are only four things which research has proven to increase bone formation. The list contains a few surprises – yes calcium is one of them but only one particular form of calcium. Vitamin D, while necessary for calcium metabolism, is not on the list. And neither are any of the antiresorptive drugs now commonly prescribed for osteoporosis.
1. Ossein microcrystalline hydroxyapatite complex (MCHC) is the only calcium proven to halt and reverse bone loss. Other forms of calcium (including synthetic calcium hydroxyapatite), and vitamin D will slow the loss but not stop it. MCHC is a crystalline mineral complex found in bone and contains other essential components in addition to calcium.
2. Strontium is a trace mineral that recent research has shown to be a key to bone growth. In addition to making up a small but significant part of bone structure, it has been found that strontium stimulates the production of bone cells while inhibiting bone resorption. And because it’s a natural nutrient not a foreign molecule, there are no unwanted side effects. Note: strontium must be taken at different times than calcium so cannot be combined in one formula.
3. A specific protein discovered by scientists in Japan called Milk Basic Protein (MBP) has been found to increase bone growth. Studies show that MBP promotes bone formation and suppresses bone resorption. MBP also supports the production of collagen, the first step in new bone growth.
4. While the first three may be hard to find and “a bit pricey” (my euphemism for expensive) the fourth item is free – physical exercise. Jogging on icy streets, however, is not a recommended activity for the prevention of broken bones!
So if you want to rebuild bone, you need to add these four items into your program.
This article is intended for educational purposes only; for medical advice consult your licensed health practitioner.