In addition, MCHC has been shown to contain biologically active growth factors. Such growth factors are known to directly stimulate bone cell activity thereby enhancing bone formation.
With the rapid aging of the population, experts agree that prevention is the most effective method of dealing with osteoporosis. Along with regular exercise as well as a healthy diet and lifestyle, MCHC provides comprehensive bone nourishment which aims at preventing the onset of osteoporosis and many other health problems.
- Excellent source of bioavailable calcium.
- Provides a full complement of minerals that are important for healthy bone formation and metabolism such as phosphorus, fluoride, magnesium, silicon, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.
- Contains intact organic factors that provide secondary support for healthy bone formation.
In several studies, MCHC has been shown to be highly successful in minimizing bone loss as well as positively affecting bone healing. This includes reducing the incidence of fractures as well as facilitating the healing of fractures.
MCHC is available in tablet form. Be sure to drink 6 to 8 cups of water throughout the day to avoid constipation. Studies have shown that 500 mg of MCHC yield approximately 200 mg of elemental calcium and thus, MCHC should be taken according to the following guidelines:
- Adults ages 19 to 50 need 2,500 mg per day of MCHC (1,000 mg of calcium). After age 50, adults need 3,000 mg per day of MCHC (1,200 mg of calcium).
- Adolescents ages 9 to 18 need 3,250 mg per day of MCHC (1,300 mg of calcium).
- Children ages 6 to 8 need 2,000 mg per day of MCHC (800 mg of calcium); children ages 1 to 5 need 1,250 mg per day of MCHC (500 mg of calcium).
Talk with your healthcare provider about your calcium needs if you have any thyroid or kidney problems, or if you have hormone or vitamin deficiencies.
The sources of bone extract as well as the processing procedures are of utmost importance in determining the quality of MCHC. Some sources of MCHC may contain high levels of lead and other contaminants, or be tainted with cartilage and tendons. Certain processing procedures, such as high-heat and excessive grinding, can result in a product that is nothing more than bone meal. These products lack the full complement of minerals, organicfactors, and the microcrystalline structures that are characteristic of true MCHC.
Some foods, drinks, and medications can cause you to excrete MCHC. These include some soft drinks, aluminum-containing antacids, salt, sugar, saturated fat, caffeine, alcohol, and very high protein and fiber intake.
In addition, excessive amounts of some foods and drinks and regular use of some medications make it hard for your body to get the MCHC it needs. These include alcohol, aspirin, barbiturates, fiber, neomycin, strong sedatives, oxalic acid (found in chocolate, rhubarb, spinach, chard, sweet potatoes, and dried beans), phytic acid (found in grains), and uronic acid (a type of fiber found in fruits and vegetables).
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