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Calcium Vitamins

Calcium vitamins are organic compounds that work synergistically with calcium. Calcium-Vitamins | ArticleThey include vitamins D, K and C. Each has demonstrated in research to aid calcium absorption or bone metabolism. Most experts agree that vitamin D is most critical among the calcium vitamins for bone health, next to calcium itself.

The Need for Vitamin D
Vitamin D “intake” is largely derived from direct sunlight exposure or supplements. Americans consistently test low in vitamin D sufficiency.  As supplements, vitamin D is available in natural (D3) or synthetic forms (D2).  Scientists are spilt on whether D2 is as effective as D3; therefore, the prudent strategy would probably be to take D3 whenever possible.  Too little vitamin D can lead to spongy or brittle bones, a condition known as osteomalacia. It also enhances calcium absorption. Vitamin D is not naturally plentiful in food, unlike the other two calcium vitamins.

There are also two forms of vitamin K.  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

“Vitamin K1 (phytonadione) is the natural form of vitamin K, which is found in plants and provides the primary source of vitamin K to humans through dietary consumption. Vitamin K2 compounds (menaquinones) are made by bacteria in the human gut and provide a smaller amount of the human vitamin K requirement. Vitamin K appears to prevent bone resorption and adequate dietary intake is likely necessary to prevent excess bone loss….Some studies show that vitamin K supplements may increase bone mineral density and bone strength, while others show that vitamin K has no effect on bone turnover….Further research is needed.

Vitamin K may decrease the blood thinning effects of drugs such as warfarin or herbs that act like warfarin (Coumadin®) in the body. This may include herbs with coumarin such as alfalfa (Medicago sativa), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), and angelica (Angelica archangelica). Consult a doctor with questions."

Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C has been long known for its antioxidant power, fighting free radical damage that is associated with aging and more serious health conditions. It has also been added to the list of beneficial calcium vitamins.  According to the NIH:

“Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C endogenously, so it is an essential dietary component.  Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen, L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters; vitamin C is also involved in protein metabolism. Collagen is an essential component of connective tissue.”

Calcium-Vitamins | ArticleMany processed foods are now fortified with  calcium and/or calcium vitamins  With the exception of vitamin D, many researchers believe people consuming a varied diet that includes five or more fruit and vegetable servings, probably get sufficient levels of vitamins C and K plus other minerals daily.  Some of these nutrients --magnesium zinc, copper, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus ---are believed to have some benefit to bones.  As such, a varied healthy diet --or a calcium supplement such as AdvaCAL Ultra 1000,  is your best daily safeguard to ensure you are getting all of your calcium vitamins.