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Increase Bone Density

Increase bone density with pilates, blueberries or beer!  These counter-intuitive approaches, and many others, claim to dramatically improve your bones. Are they possibly true? increase-bone-density | ArticleMost serious scientists would say that results from a single experiment is simply not enough. More controlled human studies are needed to determine whether a food, supplement, or lifestyle change really helps. In the world of conventional – and natural – medicine, many “dramatic” products have been touted initially, only to later find that the results could not be repeated.

Misleading Methods for Increasing Bone Density
Take blueberries for example. The study supporting the increase bone density claim is entitled "Blueberry prevents bone loss in ovariectomized rat model of postmenopausal [bone loss]." The study was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (2008) 19(10):694-9. Epub 2008 Mar 6.]  The experiment involves rats, not humans, given 5% blueberries by body weight daily.  A 150 lb person, therefore, would have to consume over 7 lbs of blueberries daily. That has practical limitations.

There are no “sure things” in building bone density.  Clinical trials present average results. Even in studies with positive results, some participants most likely saw little or no improvement. They were simply outnumbered – or outscored -- by those who did increase bone density.

Blueberries, beer, or a new calcium supplement may capture news headlines today. People enjoy trying something new. But few doctors would quickly jump on a new product bandwagon without multiple

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human studies supporting their benefits. Instead, they cautiously – and pragmatically -- rely on approaches with clinically proven bone improvement over time. AdvaCAL calcium supplement has an impressive record in that respect. It features 20 published studies many showing statistically significant benefits in absorption, PTH modulation, fracture risk reduction or the ability to increase bone density

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