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The importance of calcium for the human body
The human body consists of 206 bones, and as many as 270 when a baby. It usually takes around 20 years for the skeleton to achieve full development. All the bones in our body are under constant construction and deterioration. The entire skeleton is replaced about every 7 years. In fact, as much as 10% can be undergoing replacement any given time.
Bone consists of a hard outer shell and a sponge-like interior which we call bone tissue or bone mass. A skeleton normally attains its maximum strength in the middle of a person’s twenties. This means that the bone tissue is at its densest and most compact before it slowly gets weaker as we grow older. During and after menopause, bone loss in women often increases significantly owing to the cessation of oestrogen production. If bone tissue is weakened by more than 25%, it is defined as osteoporosis.
99% of the body’s calcium is found in bone tissue and it is the single most important building material for developing and maintaining strong bone structure.
Calcium alone is not enough
Recent research has shown that a number of other important substances are essential in building strong bone tissue.
K2 is an important factor. Vitamin K2 is an important factor for calcium to be able to build new bone tissue. Osteoblasts are bone-forming cells that construct bone tissue. They produce the protein osteocalcin and are wholly dependent on vitamin K2 in order to function properly. This protein binds calcium to the bone tissue and contributes to the ongoing process of forming new bone mass. Research shows that the populations of Western countries acquire far too little vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 also prevents too much calcium leaking out into the circulatory system and accumulating, causing blood vessels to become stiff and less elastic.
Vitamin-D3 is another important factor. This vitamin helps absorb calcium from the intestine and take it up into the body. Vitamin-D3 also contributes to transporting calcium to the bone structure and mineralising calcium into bone tissue. Without sufficient Vitamin D3, bone becomes thin and soft. Boron – important for the formation of new bone tissue Boron is an exciting element which was recently permitted into Norwegian dietary supplements. Not a great deal of the mineral is needed.
1 mg per day is all the authorities allow in a dietary supplement. Boron seems to affect how calcium and magnesium act in relation to the formation of new bone tissue as well as helping retain calcium in bone tissue. There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that boron also affects the production of hormones so that the loss of bone tissue as one gets older is reduced.
Composition of SuperCalcium Extra
We use two different types of calcium which are absorbed from the intestine through separate absorption systems. This means that they do not compete with each other for absorption and there is far greater absorption and utilisation of the calcium as a result. Both are developed and patented by Albion Advanced Nutrition in the US.
DimaCal is developed and patented by Albion in the US. It consists of two calcium atoms that are bound to a malic acid molecule. The result is a particularly effective calcium compound with excellent absorption properties. Studies have shown that DimaCal is absorbed up to 7 times better than ordinary calcium carbonate. Nor does this compound produce gas in the intestine, which can be a problem for a number of other calcium compounds. DimaCal is absorbed through the normal channel for minerals in the intestine, where the bond between the calcium atoms and the malic acid molecules is easily dissolved. This results in the calcium being ionised, which means that it becomes electrically charged. It is then absorbed through the intestinal wall. This is a so-called passive absorption channel, and is the normal way in which minerals are absorbed. The malic acid molecule to which the calcium is bound also has a function since it supports the production of energy in body cells.
Calcium Bisglycinate Chelate
Albion is the only manufacturer in the world able to put forward evidence of the molecular structure of its chelates. The company has been researching mineral chelates for 60 years. This work has resulted in more than 100 patents and a long series of clinical studies of their chelates has been undertaken documenting their unique properties. Calcium Bisglycinate Chelate from Albion is the second calcium compound that we use. Bisglycinate Chelate is a calcium atom bound to two amino-acids in such a way that they form a so-called dipeptide. The dipeptide is easily sucked through the intestinal wall and the mineral accompanies it as a kind of free passenger. The chelate is absorbed intact without it being released into the intestine. This only happens after it has passed through the intestinal wall. Smuggling the calcium into the body in this fashion results in particularly good absorption. At the same time, the two calcium compounds do not compete with each other for absorption. Thus far greater absorption and utilisation of the total calcium content of the preparation is achieved.
Boron is the last mineral in SuperCalcium Extra, and this too is made by Albion in the US. We use boric acid bound to the amino-acid, glycine, in order to achieve better absorption from the intestine.
Natural vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 can be produced both naturally and synthetically. We believe natural production is the better alternative. For this reason, we use NattoPharma’s recently developed and patented MenaQ7. This has been used in a range of studies and is, without doubt, the best documented variant currently available. Among other features, studies have shown that MenaQ7 had an absorption rate over a period of 8 days that was 6 times better than synthetically produced K2. Natural vitamin D 3 from lichen Vitamin D3 is almost exclusively available as a synthetically produced commodity.
We have found a manufacturer of natural D3 vitamins. The story begins with the English researcher and biochemist, Mike Broughton, who wanted to find a natural, vegetable source of vitamin D3. In collaboration with the renowned University of Stirling in Scotland, he sought his way to a wholly specific type of lichen that grows on trees. This turned out to be
a particularly rich source of precisely vitamin D3. A method was then developed to extract the highly delicate vitamin D without damaging
it. This is the same material that you can also find in the product SuperNatural D3.