ShotCa + D
Why combine calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K? Because this powerful combination plays a central role in calcium metabolism.
ShotCa + D is new liquid dietary supplement great for everyone that is trying to maintain healthy bones and teeth as well as boost their immune system. It is a liquid dietary supplement rich with calcium as well as with vitamins D and K.
Preventive or curative?
You will unfortunately not notice rapid effects of taking the ShotCa dietary supplement, as you are used to when taking Collagen Shot. ShotCa though can be very effective supplement, significantly contributing to the:
- incorporation of calcium into the bone,
- appropriate bone mineral density,
- better immune system.
Importance osteoporosis preventionOsteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. The name of the disease literally means "porous bone", the bones become brittle and can break even with a slight fall or exertion.
Healthy lifestyle can help a lot to prevent the disease. The human skeleton gains mineral density in youth, most rapidly during puberty. Presence of vitamin D helps accumulate calcium salts in the bones. The bones become increasingly firm and reach their maximum solidness in the middle of the third decade of your life. The value of bone density is later stable for some time, followed by a period of bone density loss through ageing. Postmenopausal women face accelerated bone mineral density loss. If bone density falls below a certain limit, we talk about osteoporosis.
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Risk factors for osteoporosis development / formation:
- slim body type,
- early menopause (before the age of 45),
- low dairy product (milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, ...) intake,
- physical inactivity,
- family history of osteoporosis (genetic factor),
- vitamin D deficiency,
- excessive alcohol consumption,
- antiepileptic, heparin and antacids treatment,
- long-term glucocorticoid drug treatment (3 months or more),
- low testosterone levels in men.
Vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body and is synthesized by UV light. Two forms are used in dietary supplements, namely D₂ (ergocalciferol) and D₃ (cholecalciferol), the latter being converted to the physiologically active form of calcitriol. Vitamin D is found in a smaller number of foods: mushrooms, wheat germ oil, egg yolk, liver and fish oil. Calcitriol plays an important role in controlling calcium metabolism in the small intestine, bone, and kidney by increasing calcium absorption.
Vitamin D plays a key role in the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
Very low vitamin D intake can lead to postmenopausal osteoporosis and decreased bone density.
Role of vitamin D
VITAMIN D helps the body to absorb calcium and is therefore so much needed along calcium. Just like calcium, Vitamin D is also one of the most important vitamins for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces vitamin D3. That is why we often refer to Vitamin D3 as the sunshine vitamin. Its strength is measured in international units. It has many more roles in our body. It: contributes to:
- the normal function of the immune system,
- normal calcium levels in the blood,
- maintain and keep your bones strong for life,
- muscular system functioning,
- the normal absorption of calcium and phosphorus,
- cell division.
Vitamin K is involved in the biosynthesis of coagulation factors and in bone mineralization. It is found in two forms: K₁ (leafy green vegetables) and K₂ (produced by intestinal bacteria in our digestive tract.
Vitamin K deficiency is rare and maily occurs with individuals who have difficulty reabsorbing vitamins or have liver problems. Too little vitamin K intake can lead to increased bone fragility. However, vitamin K as an individual dietary supplement is not recommended as an alternative to osteoporosis medications.
There is 1000-1300g of calcium in the human body and 99% of it is built into the bones. Adequate calcium intake is essential for proper growth and skeletal development in youth.
Bone density is increased by the calcium salt accumulation in the bone. This can only happen when your body intakes sufficient amounts of calcium salt. When the body faces calcium deficiency, it "borrows" it from the bones to replace it in other processes where it plays a vital role. Calcium also affects blood clotting and muscle contraction.
Calcium use improves bone density and reduces bone density loss in postmenopausal period (in combination with vitamin D). It also relieves pre-menstrual and menstrual pain.
The Synergistic Interplay between Calcium and Vitamins D and K for Bones
The key to calcium accumulation in bone is the combination of nutrients we consume. In a study where menopausal women consumed dietary supplement with vitamin K, D and calcium, their bone density and bone mineralization increased after two years of its use. The combination of all three nutrients also has an optimal effect on reducing menstrual cramps and improving well-being.
References: US National Library of Medicine