Are you investing in your bone health? One of the key messages coming out of World Osteoporosis Day this year is to invest in the future of your bone health at every life stage.

What this means is that the earlier you start investing in the health of your bones and getting enough calcium in your diet, the better your bone health will be as you age2.

Consuming enough calcium in your diet is not only important as you grow older. Children, teenagers and young adults need enough calcium to continue building bone mass into their mid-20s. From then on, bone mass can be lost without sufficient calcium in our diets3.

“Achieving peak bone mass before 21 will pay great dividends later in life,” says Prof Tess Van der Merwe, Honorary Clinical Professor and Researcher at the University of Pretoria2.

Whatever your age or gender, it is vital to include calcium-rich foods in your diet, limit those that deplete calcium, and get enough magnesium and vitamins D and K to help calcium build bone strength3.

World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on 20 October to raise global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis1

If we do not have enough calcium in our diets, the calcium is removed from where it is stored in our bones. Over time, this causes our bones to grow weaker and may lead to Osteoporosis — a disorder in which bones become very fragile4, which can increase the risk of bone fracture5.

It is important to consume calcium from foods and beverages. Taking an appropriate calcium supplement is also a great way to increase your calcium intake as the right supplement will contain relatively large amounts of elemental calcium, that absorbs optimally in the body6.

B-Cal®, South Africa’s number one prescribed calcium rangehas launched a new product to supplement their already extensive range of calcium supplements to include a calcium supplement with a vitamin k2 offering.

B-CAL®-K2 is a 5-in-1 formulation to promote bone health and prevent Osteoporosis and includes

500 mg Calcium, 100 mg Magnesium , 1000 iu Vitamin D3, 60 mg Vitamin C and 45 ug Vitamin K2.

What sets B-CAL®-K2 apart from other calcium supplements on the market is the inclusion of Magnesium, Vitamin K2 and Vitamin C which are clinically proven to help fight Osteoporosis5.

While many of us might be aware that calcium, vitamin D and regular exercise are important factors for maintaining bone health, few of us are aware of the important role played by magnesium and Vitamin K28. In fact, research has shown that the heavy focus to date on calcium has resulted in less emphasis on how important other nutrients are for bone quality and the prevention of Osteoporosis8.

Magnesium is increasingly being recognized as an important contributor to bone health8, as it is essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium9.

In addition, the right balance of calcium and vitamin K2 may help fight Osteoporosis and enhance bone health while at the same time preventing the calcification and stiffening of the arteries which contributes to a healthier heart5.

Nutritional needs for bone health should ideally be met with proper food choices, but where vitamin K is concerned, even a healthy westernised diet has been found to include insufficient amounts of this important vitamin and not enough to satisfy the body’s needs5.

In fact, where bone health is concerned, supplementation of the average diet is recommended for vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K8.

The B-CAL®-K2 5-in-1 formulation works synergistically to promote collagen formation for bone strength and flexibility, enhance calcium absorption and muscle functioning, contribute to bone cell and tissue formation and activate protein for bone strength.

Invest in your bone health today. Start taking B-CAL®-K2, the new calcium supplement that offers you MORE!*, to promote bone health and prevent Osteoporosis.

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