Osteoporosis in our society is a major problem. It’s more of a problem in women than in men. The reason for this is that during menopause and post menopause, women lose the bone protective quality of estrogen.
the female hormone, protects bones from developing osteoporosis. When estrogen
decreases during menopause, women start to lose bone which leads to
osteoporosis. Bone becomes porous, weak and more prone to fractures. Men are
also more prone to osteoporosis and bone fractures as they age. This is mainly
due to decreased testosterone (i.e. the male hormone) and poor diet low in
calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2. But before I go any further let’s look at
some statistics to get a feel for the significance of this problem.
- In Canada, 2 million individuals have confirmed osteoporosis (probably an equal number are unconfirmed as diagnosis usually occurs when one experiences a fracture). That’s about 10-15% of the population (i.e. between one in every 10 and one in every 7 individuals).
- The annual cost to the health care system in Canada is $2 billion.
- 25% of females over the age of 50 will develop osteoporosis.
- 40% of bone fractures in women occur after the age of 50.
- 28% of females that experience bone fractures due to osteoporosis survive less than one year later.
As you can
see from the statistics alone this is a significant problem. But statistics are
one thing and individual suffering is another. As anyone who has experienced a
bone fracture (including myself) knows, the pain is excruciating and constant.
The excruciating pain usually lasts 6 months and then usually takes a whole 12
months to subside completely. It does not allow one to sleep normally. The
standard pain medications don’t work and the whole process is completely
incapacitating. It other words osteoporosis, especially in women is of a major
So what are the options? First of all, supplement with Vitamin D. Most people are deficient in this essential vitamin. If you have a darker skin complexion, do not be afraid to expose yourself to the sun. It is sunburning and excessive prolonged exposure that causes skin cancer. A moderate exposure without burning brings far more health benefiting effects than any harm. Secondly make sure that you have adequate intake of Vitamin K2. One way to make sure of this is to consume beef and dairy from grass fed cows. Another great source is aged fermented cheeses. Probiotics are also essential as they produce this vitamin in the gut before it is absorbed into the bloodstream.But there is a new player on the block. It’s called BoneMD.
BoneMD with MBP
BoneMD is composed of Milk Basic Protein (MBP). It is a specific fraction of whey protein from cows’ milk. What is unique about BoneMD is that the milk comes from cows raised in New Zealand which graze on field grass in a natural environment. There are no hormones used on these cattle. Therefore their milk is rich in vitamin K2. The Milk Basic Protein is separated from the milk by a sophisticated process of fractionation. MBP is actually made up of number of essential proteins. About 50% of MBP is Lactoferrin, about 40% is Lactoperoxidase and the rest is Cyastin C and high mobility proteins.
MBP has been
extensively researched in Japan using the highest research standards. The overall
conclusion is that MBP is proven to be highly effective for the prevention and
treatment of osteoporosis. This is especially true of pre-menopausal and
menopausal women who are at higher risk of bone fractures due to decreased
estrogen. Unlike Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 which only benefit bones through a
limited number of mechanisms, MBP works at multiple sites and through multiple
mechanisms thus offering a stronger action against osteoporosis. MBP has been
found to increase the proliferation of osteoblasts (i.e. the cells responsible
for bone formation), increase the formation of collagen by osteoblast (thus
increasing bone strength and flexibility) and to increase bone calcification
(i.e. the proper deposition of calcium in bone). MBP also decreases the
formation of osteoclasts (the cells responsible for bone breakdown) and
decreases the release of calcium from bone (i.e. preventing the disintegration
The Bottom Line
BoneMD is the highest grade MBP on the market today. The proteins are extracted from hormone free, free range grass fed cattle in New Zealand. Numerous well designed clinical trials performed in Japan have shown that MBP found in BoneMD is highly effective for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis. Bone MD can be taken with other supplements for bone health such as calcium, vitamin D and Vitamin K. BoneMD does not produce any negative side effects. This is unlike the common prescription medications for osteoarthritis. Although menopausal and post menopausal women benefit the most from this product, men can also supplement with BoneMD to increase bone strength and prevent osteoporosis in older age.
Stay tuned to The Vitarock Blog for upcoming articles on
this subject. Take care and see you next time.