OsteoProCare and OsteOmegaCare and Chelated CalciumPosted 02/11/15 in [Life Force Products & Your Health] | Comments Off on OsteoProCare and OsteOmegaCare and Chelated Calcium
This week, I received a forward of an email from a Registered Dietician and Raw Potluck Coordinator. She had questions concerning the ingredients in OsteOmegaCare Vegetarian liquid calcium and specifically the calcium carbonate used. Below is the redacted reply with information you might find informative and useful about this and Life Force OsteoProCare liquid calcium.
Okay, so here’s the scoop on the calcium thing. I understand the confusion, because of the calcium carbonate on the label. Technically, calcium carbonate is not absorbed well in the body when it is used as a sole raw material in any formula. However, what is key to this is that tiny print orotic acid on the other ingredients at the bottom of the label.
At an atomic level, for calcium to be better recognized (for lack of a better term) by the cell and pass through the cell membrane, it needs an acid present to chelate it. This is what the orotic acid in OsteoProCare and OsteOmegaCare does. Why? Because orotic acid used as a chelating agent maintains certain ions of the calcium atom better than any other chelating agent. It is the gold standard for chelates. So, the base source of the calcium is important, but the questions really are: “Is this calcium chelated for delivery? and, What agent is used to chelate this calcium? A good analogy is a car: it has the potential to take anyone anywhere at all times. But if you don’t fuel it, you will turn the key and it will just sit by the curb, not doing its job. It is dependent on the gasoline to do what it was designed for. You can have an old clunker or a Rolls Royce, but if they both don’t have fuel, they won’t go. The focus needs to be on the fuel (chelating agent). But there again, Life Force International isn’t using sea shells (clunker) as the base, anyway.
Further, the inulin fructans (not present in many calcium supplements) in both formulas aid in absorption. The manganese and chromium in both formulas are also important for those whose calcium intake will prevent absorption of these minerals in the foods they eat.
Most importantly, the amount of calcium in one serving of OsteoProCare or OsteOmegaCare, if it were taken in pill form, would require the pill to be abnormally large or require multiple smaller pills. This is a compliance issue, and also brings into play the exposure to the binding agents and fillers used in the manufacture of pills.
It is extremely hard to get all the calcium one needs naturally from their diet, and has been made even harder with the heavy metals that are now in our oceans. Calcium is such an important nutrient and the consequences for not supplementing–even when you have a clean, pristine diet–will cost anyone (and unfortunately, mostly women) in their elder years in the areas of medical treatment (financially), time, and quality of life.
Even physicians who feel multivitamins are a waste of money will STILL RECOMMEND their female patients take a calcium supplement, especially if their dairy consumption is low (which, unless the person is drinking 5–that’s FIVE–glasses of dairy milk per day, they would be considered low)! This would be protocol in any dietary training someone working in the Nutrition or medical field would recognize.
The cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is taken from sheep’s wool (unlike D2). As you might be able to conclude, the sheep isn’t harmed by shearing the wool and therefore this is why it can be considered vegetarian, but not vegan. It is an observation worth noting in future product education classes. I do not wish someone of a vegan conviction to be unaware this product is not for them.