What Makes Isotonix™ Calcium Plus Unique?
Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong bones. For optimal bone health, Isotonix™ Calcium Plus delivers three-quarters of the recommended daily value of calcium and vitamin C in an efficient solution that is readily absorbed by the body. In most cases, calcium tablets are difficult for the body to absorb. One cause may be that the calcium supplement is not blended with Vitamin D and magnesium; these are necessary to aid the body in the absorption and use of calcium.
Even if the calcium supplement tablet is correctly blended, it may be difficult for the body to utilize or break down the calcium. One explanation may be that many calcium brands use calcium from eggshell or oyster shell. These may not be well absorbed by the body. Another reason calcium may not be absorbed from a tablet is because of a binding agent known as DCP, which is a binding agent is used to hold the tablet together. DCP does not break down in the body. Additionally, manufacturers are not required to disclose the use of DCP. In addition to binders, some calcium supplements may have additives such as chlorine, shellac and other potentially hazardous chemicals.
Even assuming no binders are used in the calcium tablet, the body must still break down a hard-pressed tablet into a usable form. If the tablet cannot be broken down sufficiently in the stomach, then the calcium will not be absorbed. If you cannot break down the calcium, you can end up with problems such as unabsorbed particles floating around inside the body. This may lead to kidney stones and painful joints, not to mention you are not getting enough calcium, so your bones are being robbed of calcium to support bodily functions.
Isotonix Calcium Plus provides the body with an advanced, cost-effective and generous 750 mg dose of calcium through an optimized blend of calcium, vitamin D3, magnesium, vitamin C and boron. Vitamin D3 acts to stimulate the production of calcium binding and transport proteins that help move calcium across cell membranes and store the mineral inside the cells.
Isotonic, which means "same pressure," bears the same chemical resemblance of the body's blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body's common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body's metabolism, it must be transported in isotonic fluids.
Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in a solution similar in constitution to the body's own naturally produced isotonic fluids. This similarity of pH and osmotic pressure means that the body has less work to do in order to convert the solution into a state ready for maximum absorption — greatly decreasing the amount of time and work necessary to absorb a supplement. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Primary Benefits of Isotonix™ Calcium Plus:
· Essential for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth
· May assist in prevention of osteoporosis
· Assists in relief of minor PMS symptoms
· Key Ingredients found in Isotonix™ Calcium Plus:
· Calcium 750 mg (Carbonate, Lactate, Phosphate, Sulfate, Citrate)
· Calcium is found in the highest concentrations in milk. Other foods rich in calcium include the vegetables collard greens, Chinese cabbage, mustard greens, broccoli and bok choy, as well as tofu and sardines with bones included.
· Calcium is an essential mineral with a wide range of biological roles. Calcium exists in bone primarily in the form of hydroxyapatite (Ca10 (PO4)6 (OH)2). Hydroxyapatite comprises approximately 40 percent of the weight of bone. The skeleton has an obvious structural requisite for calcium. The skeleton also acts as a storehouse for calcium. Apart from being a major constituent of bones and teeth, calcium is crucial for muscle contraction, nerve conduction, the beating of the heart, blood coagulation, glandular secretion, the production of energy and the maintenance of immune function.
· Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth. A sufficient daily calcium intake is necessary for maintaining bone density. When the body does not obtain an adequate amount of calcium each day, it begins to draw it from the bones, causing them to thin. This may lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is an age related thinning of the bones, which lead to a higher risk of broken hips, ribs, pelvis and other weakened bones. This is in addition to stooped posture associated with advanced age, which is caused by an accumulation of small fractures in the vertebrae.
The PTH (parathyroid hormone) regulates the amount of calcium in the blood. Some researchers believe that when the human body does not receive enough calcium, levels of PTH increase, whereby causing the body to experience hypertension. High levels of calcium in the body have been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women and lower cholesterol levels. Low levels of calcium have been associated with reduced bone mass and osteoporosis. One preliminary study also suggests that calcium may help reduce the risk of obesity.
· Magnesium 200 mg (Oxide, Carbonate)
· Foods rich in magnesium include unpolished grains, nuts and green vegetables. Green leafy vegetables are potent sources of magnesium because of their chlorophyll content. Meats, starches and milk are less rich sources of magnesium. Refined and processed foods are generally quite low in magnesium. The average daily magnesium intake in the U.S. for males nine years and older is estimated to be about 323 milligrams; for females nine years and older, it is estimated to be around 228 milligrams. Some surveys report lower intakes, and some believe that the dietary intake for many may be inadequate.
· Magnesium is a component of the mineralized part of bone and is necessary for the metabolism of potassium and calcium in adults. It helps maintain normal levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, adrenaline and insulin. It is also important for the mobilization of calcium, transporting it inside the cell for further utilization thus making it helpful in preventing osteoporosis. It plays a key role in the functioning of muscle and nervous tissue. Magnesium is necessary for the synthesis of all proteins, nucleic acids, nucleotides, cyclic adenosine monophosphate, lipids and carbohydrates. This mineral also inhibits the formation and growth of calcium oxalate stones in the kidney and bladder. Further, magnesium helps indirectly in reversing the effects of oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation as involved with the aging process.
· Magnesium is required for energy release, regulation of the body temperature, proper nerve function, helping the body handle stress, and metabolism regulation. Magnesium works together with calcium to regulate the heart and blood pressure. Importantly, magnesium is also required by your body to build healthy bones and teeth, and is required for proper muscle development. It works together with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong and prevent osteoporosis.
· Manganese 1 mg (Sulfate)
· Manganese is a mineral found in large quantities in both plant and animal matter. The most valuable dietary sources of manganese include whole grains, nuts, leafy vegetables and teas. Manganese is concentrated in the bran of grains, which is removed during processing. There are several forms of supplementary manganese, including manganese gluconate, manganese sulfate, manganese ascorbate and manganese amino acid, chelates.
Only trace amounts of this element can be found in human tissue. Manganese is predominantly stored in the bones, liver, kidney and pancreas. It aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors and sex hormones, and plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.
Manganese is a component of the antioxidant-enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD). Antioxidants scavenge damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. These particles occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes, interact with genetic material, and possibly contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health conditions. Antioxidants such as MnSOD can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Vitamin B2 2 mg (Riboflavin-5-Phosphate)
· Liver, dairy products, dark green vegetables and some types of seafood are primary sources of riboflavin. Vitamin B2 serves as a co-enzyme, working with other B-vitamins. It assists healthy red blood cell formation, supports the nervous system, respiration, antibody production and regulating human growth. It is also necessary for healthy skin, nails, hair growth and general good health including regulating thyroid activity. Vitamin B2 plays a crucial role in turning food into energy as a part of the electron transport chain, driving cellular energy on the micro-level. Riboflavin can be useful for pregnant or lactating women as well as athletes due to their higher caloric needs. Vitamin B2 helps the breakdown of fats while functioning as a cofactor or helper in activating B-6 and folic acid. Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin, one that cannot be stored by the body except in insignificant amounts. It must be replenished daily.
· Under some conditions, vitamin B2 can act as an antioxidant. The riboflavin coenzymes are also important for the transformation of vitamin B6 and folic acid into their active forms, and for the conversion of tryptophan into niacin.
· Vitamin C 58 mg (Ascorbic Acid)
· The best food sources of vitamin C include all citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tangerines) as well as other fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, peppers and cantaloupe. Vitamin C is a rather "fragile" vitamin and can be easily destroyed by cooking or exposure of food to oxygen.
· Vitamin C promotes a vitamin "sparing" effect, allowing your body to better utilize multiple vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, B12, retinaldehyde and alpha-tocopherol and in this case, the mineral calcium. It is also a cofactor or helper in the metabolism of folic acid, some amino acids and hormones. Being an effective antioxidant, it also works in helping generate more Vitamin E after oxygen radicals have attacked it, improving iron absorption from the small intestine. Vitamin C helps to regenerate active vitamin E in cell membranes. It is a co-factor in the synthesis of collagen and helps strengthen newly forming collagen.
· Vitamin C has become the world's most popular vitamin. One reason is because of its vital role in fighting infections (strengthening the immune system). Other vital roles vitamin C plays in the body involve the strengthening of the blood vessels and gums. Although this may sound like a lot, the importance of vitamin C does not stop there. Studies have indicated that vitamin C may be of special benefit to people with high blood pressure, smokers, diabetics and elderly men. Vitamin C can also act as a leading protector against cataract formation. As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C prevents vitamin E from becoming oxidized, thus preventing the premature aging and degenerative disease processes that inflict so many people. Another important role of vitamin C is its anti-stress capabilities. Vitamin C plays a major role in the ability to handle mental and physical stress.
· The most convincing evidence suggesting the need for vitamin C supplementation is based on the fact that humans are incapable of producing vitamin C in their bodies. When studies were conducted on animals to see how much vitamin C they produced in relation to their body weight, it was determined that they produced roughly the equivalent of a human consuming 3,000-7,000 milligrams per day.
· Vitamin D3 400 IU (Cholecalciferol)
· Regular sunlight exposure is the main way that most humans get their vitamin D. Food sources of vitamin D include vitamin D-fortified milk (100 IU per cup), cod liver oil, and fatty fish such as salmon and small amounts are found in egg yolks and liver.
· Vitamin D aids in the treatment of psoriasis, diabetes, and cancer. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and induces the production of several proteins involved in calcium absorption and storage. Vitamin D works with calcium to increase bone strength and harden the bones. It works to increase active transport of calcium out of the osteoblasts into the extra-cellular fluid and in the kidneys, promotes calcium and phosphate re-uptake by renal tubules. Vitamin D also promotes the absorption of dietary calcium and phosphate uptake by the intestinal epithelium. It helps skin cells grow normally, aids the pancreas in producing insulin. Additionally, it is important for diabetics due to the fact that Vitamin D is required by the pancreas to produce insulin.
· Potassium 225 mg (Bicarbonate, Citrate)
· Foods rich in potassium include fresh vegetables and fruits such as bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, avocado, raw spinach, raw spinach, cabbage and celery. Potassium is an essential macromineral that helps to keep fluid balance. It also plays a role in a wide variety of biochemical and physiological processes. Among other things, it is important in the transmission of nerve impulses, the contraction of cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle, the production of energy, the synthesis of nucleic acids, the maintenance of intracellular tonicity and the maintenance of normal blood pressure. In 1928, it was first suggested that high potassium intake could exert an anti-hypertensive effect. Potassium stimulates muscle relaxation and insulin release. It also promotes glycogen and protein synthesis. Potassium is an electrolyte that promotes proper heartbeat. Potassium is important in releasing energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates during metabolism.
Potassium also regulates water balance and aids in recovery from exercise. Potassium aids rheumatic or arthritic conditions (causing acids to leave the joints and ease stiffness). Potassium is crucial for the elimination of wastes. Potassium is a natural pain desensitizer. Potassium helps control convulsions, headaches and migraines, promotes faster healing of cuts, bruises and other injuries and generally contributes to a sense of well-being. Potassium is stored in the muscles.
Frequently Asked Questions about Isotonix™ Calcium Plus:
Why should I take calcium?
Women, children, teens, men, unborn babies and the elderly all need calcium. Practically no one ingests enough calcium in their daily diet, so calcium is one of the nutrients that is highly recommended in terms of supplementation. Besides being helpful in supporting and maintaining bone integrity, calcium serves a dynamic role as a mineral. It is very important in the activity of many bodily enzymes. It is important for athletes in maintaining proper fluid balance as well as aiding in the action of skeletal and muscle contraction. In addition, calcium may be helpful in preventing the incidence of colon cancer. It is a well-known fact that Americans do not typically have the best diets, especially in comparison with the rest of the world. Although the health food fad is catching on in some areas, it may be of utmost importance to make sure that one is getting enough of this crucial mineral.
How much calcium should I take?
The National Academy of Sciences has established guidelines for calcium that are 25 to 50 percent higher than previous recommendations. For ages 20 to 50, calcium consumption is recommended to be at least 1,000 mg daily; for adults over age 51, the recommendation is 1,200 mg daily. The most common supplemental amount for adults is 800 to 1,000 mg per day. Some physicians recommend 1,000 milligrams of supplement calcium daily for postmenopausal women taking estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) and 1,500 milligrams daily for postmenopausal women not taking ERT. An intake of 1,200 milligrams daily appears to be adequate for both groups. More specifically, one can examine the table provided in order to determine their very own unique calcium intake requirements:
Which form of calcium should I take?
One of the largest factors to consider when choosing which calcium is best is the percentage of elemental calcium present. A greater percentage of elemental calcium means that fewer tablets are needed to achieve the desired calcium intake. For instance, in the calcium carbonate and phosphate forms, which are two of the comprising forms found in Isotonix™ Calcium Plus, calcium accounts for 40 percent of the compound. Calcium carbonate may not always show optimal absorption, but it clearly has positive effects. For example, calcium carbonate appears to be absorbed as well as the calcium found in milk. In fact, a few studies indicate that calcium carbonate is absorbed as well as most other forms besides calcium citrate/malate (CCM). When taken alongside a variety of other forms of calcium, carbonate has the size, positioning and the consequent propensity to deliver the highest amount of elemental calcium possible. Calcium citrate contains 21 percent and is a standout form of calcium coming in at 30 to 35 percent, and the citric acid reduces the amount of stomach acids required for absorption. The calcium citrate form provides 24 percent elemental calcium. This addition of calcium citrate to the other forms of calcium is quite crucial in that it helps the absorbability of the Isotonix Calcium Plus by acting as a boost for the larger concentrations of calcium found in the carbonate form.
Recently, coral calcium has been claimed to be a vastly superior form of calcium even though its calcium content is primarily calcium carbonate. One small, controlled human study reported that coral calcium was better absorbed than ordinary calcium carbonate. There is however, little scientific evidence at this time supporting the assertion that coral calcium is superior to other forms of calcium.
In general, most forms of supplemental calcium are easily and readily assimilated by the body, especially in the isotonic form provided in Isotonix Calcium Plus formula.
I am not an elderly woman. Why should I supplement with calcium?
Calcium plays a huge role in many major regulatory bodily processes with implications that extend far beyond the age factor. Other than elderly women who may be susceptible to bone loss, younger women, pregnant and lactating women, growing children and those with high blood pressure are suitable candidates for calcium supplementation. Younger women need more calcium to build up the strength of their bones around the ages of 20 and up. It is safe to say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Pregnant and lactating women need extra calcium, at least 1200 mg /day to foster the healthy growth of new cells and of breast milk. Growing children need extra calcium, sometime two to four times as much as an adult because of new bone growth and to prevent rickets, bone deformities or growth retardation. Finally, those with high blood pressure have been found to have low levels of calcium intake and further studies have confirmed the positive impact of calcium supplementation on heart health.
Of course, calcium has been most widely touted as a preventative of osteoporosis. Because many people are uneducated about the far-reaching necessity and benefit of calcium, the drive to add a supplement to one's diet is floundering. Further, it has been found that many younger and middle-aged women who should be ingesting greater amounts of calcium in both diet and supplementation, are the ones who actually ingest the least. The mindset that milk products are fattening has contributed to a lack of quality calcium intake. Many women at this age do not yet feel the physical onset of osteoporosis and do not make supplementation an immediate priority. Women in general who have a vested interest in their health should make moves to begin calcium supplementation.
Moreover, let us say that you know that you are predisposed to osteoporosis and are even feeling a few of the signs of it including headache and a decrease in height. While calcium supplementation is one of the key ingredients to preventing and even fighting ongoing osteoporosis, there are a few other important factors that must be taken into account. Many other things can also play a role in causing osteoporosis. Some of these are seemingly normal lifestyle factors including smoking, lack of exercise, low levels of magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin K, and B12, a high alcohol intake and altered vitamin D metabolism. To fight and/or prevent osteoporosis requires a focus of your attention on these aforementioned variables as well as steadily supplementing your diet with a quality calcium supplement such as Isotonix Calcium formula. So, in turn, if you know that you are inherently averse to working out or that you like the occasional smoke after work, your need for a good calcium supplement increases tremendously regardless of age.
How can calcium help me lose weight?
Calcium plays a pivotal role within our body's cells, regulating both the storage and breakdown of the common enemy of all who long to be trim and healthy, fat. It is thought that the more calcium there is in a fat cell, the more fat it will burn. Consuming dairy products has been shown to thwart weight gain. Now, it looks as though calcium supplementation can give you an extra edge. "Extra calcium might prevent cellular changes that prompt your body to store fat," says study author Alejandro Gonzalez, PhD. With calcium supplementation, it appears that the body's rate of thermogenesis or fat burning tends to increase. The human body's metabolism makes weight loss difficult. Many people who loyally stick to a reduced-calorie diet don't lose weight as fast as they think they should. That is because their bodies are clinging to fat, sensing starvation. Many dieters assume milk products to be fattening and thus remove a lot of them from their seemingly new and improved diets. Switching to low fat or fat free milk products and or supplementing with calcium are preferable alternatives.