I just came across an article that stated for people diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, calcium supplements (in the form of MCHC - calcium hydroxyapatite) of 1500 mg daily is recommended (vs. carbonate or citrate). I cannot locate calcium in this form. Does anyone know anything about this?
I purchase this form of calcium, it's called Bone Booster Complex. I also purchase the additional Strontium along with an additional 1000 mg of Vitamin D3. I am happy with this combination and feel much stronger. Be sure to add a good B complex, Vitamin C and Omega 3's.
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Don't really know anything about that type of calcium. But I do know that here in nyc they sell a formula called Bone up by Jarrow, and also a company called Solaray sells it. Don't know if they have the Vitamin Shoppe in Indiana. It can be ordered from them online. I can't remember, because it was a while ago, but I seem to have heard something good about it.
Solaray sells a very good combination capsule containing calcium citrate, magnesium and vit. d. I've been taking it for several years. Solaray products are available in most health-food stores and also Whole Foods markets.
There's a product called "Bone Up" by Jarrow that has that form of calcium in it. You won't find it in drug-stores or supermarkets, but a Health Food store. Thing is you take 6 per day which yields only 1000 of calcium and if you're like most people, you've been told to take 1500 mgs. That'd be approximately 8 per day. Well, i decided to use 4 per day and supplement with Os-cal and Viactiv. That way i have all bases covered even tho Oscal and Viactiv use calcium carbonate vs calcium citrate. I still don't know which one of those two are best. I've consulted pharmacists (several) and 3 different docs and they seem clueless. It was the gyne who recommended Os-Cal. I am sure there are better products out there.
We have compounding and natural Pharmacy here in Edmond that compounds their own medications and supplements. They sell a product caled Rebone that has MCHC as well as the other required vitamins and minerals important for bone health. I currently take citracal and strontium but am considering switching to Rebone and Strontium to see if I can improve my hips as well as I did my spine. The nutriional support specialist in the compounding pharmacy told me they are going to start putting silica in the product too which could be interesting. I think you have to be sure to get a reliable brand. Some of the ones that others have mentioned sound good. You might check to see if compounding pharmacies in your area also deal in reliable compounded supplements. Blessings - jrose
FYI - with Rebone, you take two after lunch and two after dinner and then get any extra requirements from food sources like skim milk, yogurt etc.