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It’s common to think that bones are hard, lifeless parts of your body. But it’s actually the opposite – your bones are living and growing tissue. As both men and women age and reach peak bone mass, the balance between bone formation and bone loss might start to change, actually causing bone loss faster than bone formation.
Did you know that women tend to have smaller, thinner bones than men? The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that women are at a high risk of developing osteoporosis and broken bones because of this. Another factor is estrogen, a hormone that protects a women’s bones. But estrogen, like many hormones in the body, decreases sharply as women reach menopause, which can cause bone loss. What can women do to support healthy bones? Many experts suggest Collagen.
Our body has a very high content of collagen; it accounts for 70% of our skin, 36% of our bone, and 67% of our joint cartilage. It is found all over our body including in our spine, the protective barrier of our brain called the blood brain barrier, the filters in our kidneys, the valves of our heart, the lining of our blood vessel walls, and the whites of our eyes. Our ligaments, tendons, meniscus, and many other tissues have a large collagen content.
Here’s the issue
There are two problems with collagen and our body; one is that we make less and less each year starting at the age of 25 and the second is that it is a big molecule, so you don’t absorb it from food sources. To get around this absorption issue, researchers have found that if you add enzymes to collagen, it releases its peptides – the constituents that heal and rebuild the body – and they are easily absorbed. This liberated collagen is called hydrolyzed collagen.
Many human clinical trials show that collagen – rich in collagen peptides and that is hydrolyzed – aids joint health, bone health, and skin health.
In a recent study published in the journal Nutrients, doctors from the University of Freiberg in Germany gave 131 postmenopausal women either hydrolyzed collagen (HC) or a placebo daily for 12 months. HC had a notable effect on bone health, improving the thickness of the femoral neck (this is where the hipbone fractures) and improving the thickness of spinal bone. Additional evidence for the bone building was seen in a decrease in CTX 1, or C-Terminal Peptide. This peptide is made out of collagen and is found in your bone; doctors look for it in your urine where it is excreted. In the HC-treated ladies CTX-1 decreased, whereas in the placebo-treated ladies it increased indicating further and accelerated bone loss. Also, in the HC-treated ladies P1NP improved. This is a form of collagen found in bone and is the most sensitive marker that you are building bone. Doctors use it to see if medicine is working to help rebuild your bone and a rise in this indicates that you are actively building bone.
What foods are best for bone health?
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, there numerous foods that can give you the nutrients you need each day that contributes to healthy bone growth and maintenance, including dairy products, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Recent research has also found foods like olive oil, soy beans, blueberries, and foods rich in omega-3s like fish oil and flaxseed oil, may also have bone boosting benefits.
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If there’s one thing women need, it’s to be healthy. Women are continuously on-the-go. That means their energy levels need to keep up. But what happens when you’re exercising regularly and eating the right foods, but you still seem to lack energy? A women’s multivitamin mineral formula could be what you need to help you boost your energy levels and combat nutrient depletions.
What are Nutrient Depletions?
Nutrient depletions occur when your body is not receiving the correct amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and other nutrients. This can be caused by numerous factors, such as an unhealthy diet, prescriptions drugs and medications, and free radical damage.
“We live in an increasingly polluted environment, loaded with toxins; the soil we grow our food in is often nutrient-depleted and many consume processed, factory-made foods supplying scant nutrients. Ironically, our bodies wind up requiring even more vitamins and minerals to effectively metabolize nutrient-depleted foods. Add that depletion with less time spent outdoors, minimal exercise, prescription drugs and medications, and chronic stress, and the result is that many individuals are truly nutritionally deficient,” reports Archana Gogna, MS, CNS, MBA, Director of Nutrition for InVite® Health. For these reasons, healthcare professionals are advising their patients to start taking a safe, reliably-made, high-quality multivitamin mineral formula on a daily basis to fill the nutritional deficits in their diet.
According to a recent USDA survey 37% of Americans do not get enough Vitamin C, 70% do not get enough Vitamin E, nearly 75% do not get enough Zinc, and 40% do not get enough Iron. But not just any commercially available nutritional supplement product will meet these needs!
Why Commercial Brands of Multivitamins Won’t Meet Your Needs
There are simply other nutrients and minerals that women need that differ from what a man, child or athlete’s body need. Further, commercial brands of vitamins do not provide quality behind their products. These brands do not take the necessary steps to provide their customers with the most well-researched, pure, non-GMO ingredients available.
So, what do women need?
Women need a series of B-complex vitamins, which support healthy cell growth, help to maintain skin and muscle tone, and support metabolism, immune and nervous system functions. The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the body, which is involved with energy production. Ubiquinol CoQ10, or Coenzyme Q10, is an important energy-releasing nutrient that allows calories from food to be absorbed and utilized as energy. Tocotrienols, or Pine Bark Extract, are powerful protectors for artery walls, the heart, liver and for sexual organs. It acts as a cellular protector against free radicals. A simple multivitamin formula may have that, but InVite® takes it even further.
InVite® Superior Women’s Multivitamin
Scientific Director and Pharmacist, Jerry Hickey, understands that women need different vitamins and minerals. The knowledge and advice that pharmacists can give is expanding, especially now that they are able to continue their education and expand what they know. Because of this nutritional need, he has developed a superior Women’s Multivitamin that provides all of the necessary vitamins and minerals, with a superior twist – four ingredients that naturally support women’s health.
- Iron Bisglycinate is a gentle iron to support energy and endurance. It does not cause nausea or constipation.*
- Type I Collagen is needed for the maintenance of skin, nails and hair, as its production slows with age.*
- Purple Corn Flower support brain, eye and breast health and metabolism.*
- DIM, or Diindolylmethane, is formed from the indole-3-carbinol found in cabbage vegetables that helps support breast and cervical health.*
InVite®’s superior Multivitamins are designed around a core of energy-producing nutrients along with powerfully protective food-derived antioxidants. Each Multivitamin is designed to address the replenishment of core nutrients depleted by commonly prescribed drugs, to support physical activity, and to support the increased need for particular nutrients during the aging process. Additionally, they are designed to help protect vision and memory health.
Capsugel® Liquid-filled Vegetarian capsule technology (Vcaps® and Licaps®) ensures maximum absorption, while protecting the delicate liquid constituents from oxidation. Our tablets are coated with natural annatoo, making them easier to swallow. All InVite® Multivitamins contain ingredients used in human clinical trials, are gluten-free, non-GMO and are made using cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices).†
Questions about the Women’s Multivitamin? Leave Scientific Director and Pharmacist, Jerry Hickey a comment below!
*†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.