More than 20 years of scientific research has given the name Ossopan worldwide recognition as a source of microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC). Numerous published studies support the safety, tolerability, and bone health-related effectiveness of this supplemental MCHC. Studies suggest that the bioavailability of calcium from MCHC supplements may be as good as or better than the bioavailability of calcium from calcium gluconate supplements. Arthritis Center of Riverside utilizes standardized, safe, bovine-sourced MCHC from New Zealand, a country with stringent standards. Its production features a proprietary technique that preserves the bioactive contents of bone. This process creates a naturally balanced formula because whole bone extract provides all of the nutrients found in healthy bone.*
Unlike other calcium supplements on the market, Strong Bone consists of collagenous and non-collagenous proteins and peptides. These compounds include insulin-like growth factors I and II (IGF-I, IGF-II), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), and osteocalcin factors that stimulate alkaline phosphatase activity and support metabolism in human bone cells. Removal of the protein fraction appeared to reduce the positive effects of the formula, highlighting the importance of its presence.*
Research suggests the occurrence of positive and statistically significant changes in forearm bone integrity as a result of daily supplementation with 3000 mg of microcrystalline hydroxyapatite. Early studies compared Ossopan to other forms of calcium with regard to the support of normal bone turnover and bone mineral integrity. In one 20-month, double-blind study, women were given 1400 mg of elemental calcium (equivalent to approximately 5000 mg MCHC) as either calcium carbonate or Ossopan. At the end of the study, the presence of bone integrity was statistically significant in the Ossopan group.*
Two randomized clinical trials suggest that Ossopan (6-8 grams per day) is well-tolerated and maintains healthy bone density. Supplementation was well-tolerated and yielded a positive outcome in a six-month clinical trial studying dental status, bone integrity, and healthy bone metabolism.*
A randomized, controlled study indicated that the addition of Ossopan to exogenously administered hormones provided statistically significant support (4.7%, P<0.1) to vertebral bone mass. Another study of 60 subjects suggested that bone mass was maintained while on Ossopan.*
Strong Bone is high-quality MCHC from New Zealand. The World Organization for Animal Health (the OIE) has classified New Zealand as a “negligible BSE risk country,” the most favorable official classification a country can be given. Strong Bone is manufactured in a facility and under proprietary processes that meet FDA, USDA, and EU regulatory requirements. Gentle processing is used to retain the delicate protein matrix and organic factors. X-ray-diffraction analysis confirms the microcrystalline structure. The MCHC is assayed for hydroxyproline content. The collagen content is greater than 22% with the majority being type l, the predominant collagen occurring in bone. Frequent heavy metal assays assure purity.
Al Robert Franco MD incorporates Strong Bone, vitamin D, magnesium, and additional calcium in a comprehensive formula. Vitamin D is provided as cholecalciferol, which stimulates intestinal calcium absorption and helps support calcium and phosphorus homeostasis in the body. The formula contains a desirable 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. The malate chelates do not react with stomach acid and are less likely than carbonates to cause discomfort and acid rebound.*
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