Boning up on calcium the natural way
MOST people ensure they maintain strong bones by consuming milk and other calcium-rich food like cheese, yogurt and green, leafy vegetables.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, which helps to build strong bones and fortify teeth.
It is also known to have positive effects on blood pressure. In addition, emerging research has found that adequate calcium intake can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
Today, calcium supplements - which are especially useful for the lactose-intolerant - are widely available for those who want a bone-healthy lifestyle.
After all, not getting enough calcium can lead to the development of osteoporosis. Also, the risk of bone fractures increases as one ages.
Over the last 30 years, cases of hip fractures here have increased five times among women aged 50 and above. Cases for men in the same age group have gone up by 1.5 times.
But some calcium supplements are large and difficult to swallow. They can also produce gastrointestinal side effects, such as gas, bloating and constipation.
Additionally, two recent studies have suggested that traditional limestone calcium supplements are the cause behind an increased risk of heart attacks. This is because some of the calcium from supplements that hail from non-food sources can get deposited in arteries, clogging the blood vessels.
Those looking for a more natural option can try Live2Move with AlgaeCal, a certified organic plant-calcium supplement. It has been specially formulated to meet standards set by the Health Sciences Authority here.
Made from powdered marine algae, which is harvested live from pristine beaches in South America, the supplement is more easily absorbed by the body than chemically manufactured ones.
The marine plant draws calcium and 70 other trace minerals from seawater and is cold-processed to retain its nutritional value.
The whole-food supplement is able to increase bone-building cells and bone-mass density.
Live2Move with AlgaeCal retails at $59 for a 90-capsule bottle. It is available at all NTUC Unity Healthcare stores, OG department stores, selected medical halls and pharmacies, and its online store.
For more information, call 6449-2082 or visit www.live2move.com.sg