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A great deal of confusion has been stirred up in the last few months about the potential harm of too much calcium intake. As is often the case, there are studies that reveal conflicting results. Examples of this include the following summaries: 1) Calcium from food does not appear to raise the risk of cardiovascular […]

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of Pycnogenol in reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. 100 patients older than age 25 (14 men and 36 women in the pycnogenol group and 18 men and 32 women in the placebo group) suffering from mild OA (stage I […]

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The potential for soy protein or soy isoflavones to alter bone metabolism and bone loss is currently contradictory and inconclusive. Our two best measurements are bone density testing with DXA (an xray test) measures or bone metabolism markers. The lack of agreement in the literature is thought to be related to variations in study design […]

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Vitamin D deficiency is a very common problem in the U.S., and especially in an aging population. Older individuals are at greater risk for deficiency because aging lowers the amount of 7-dehydrochlesterol in the skin and thus lowers the ability to produce vitamin D, as well as lower absorption. Most of our vitamin D comes […]

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Phytoestrogen Intake Prevents Bone Loss

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at three medical centers in Italy. The trial studied the effects of 54mg/day of pure soy genestein on bone metabolism in postmenopausal women with osteopenia. Bone density at the femoral neck and lumbar spine was tested after 24 months along with serum levels of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, markers […]

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In a population-based study, 1180 Caucasian women older than 55, were randomized to receive a daily placebo, calcium or calcium plus 1000 IU of vitamin D (cholecalciferol). Â Health status and compliance to the regimen were assessed every 6 months over 4 years and serum vitamin D was measured at baseline and annually. 1024 women […]

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Phytoestrogen Intake Prevents Bone Loss

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at three medical centers in Italy. The trial studied the effects of 54 mg/day of pure soy genestein on bone metabolism in postmenopausal women with osteopenia. Bone densities at the femoral neck and lumbar spine were tested after 24 months along with serum levels of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, […]

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