As women age, protecting their bone health becomes increasingly important. However, sometimes knowing the best way to do that can be challenging. Hopefully you know by now that increasing your calcium intake isn't the answer. (If that's news to you, be sure to visit the archives for more information about this topic vital to women's health.) However, there are other nutrients that can help. And a study published in the journal Aging seems to have hit on a winning formula.
Researchers conducted a double-blind randomized control trial over the course of a year. They wanted to test the effects of a formula they believed would help improve bone health for postmenopausal women with osteopenia. The formula, which they called MSDK, contained melatonin, strontium (citrate), vitamin D3, and vitamin K2. The participants took either the MSDK formula or a placebo every night.
After the year was up, the researchers found that the MSDK group had fared much better than the placebo group. Their bone mineral density was up 4.3% in the lumbar spine and 2.2% in the left femoral neck. Total bone mineral density in the left hip improved as well. The formula also increased serum P1NP levels, a positive marker of bone health, and reduced bone turnover. The women also experienced increases in their bone-building osteoblast cells and decreases in osteoclasts, which tear bones down. Plus, they had some non-bone related improvements, included improved moods and better sleep.
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The researchers concluded that the MSDK formula is effective for preventing or treating osteopenia, osteoporosis, and other bone-related diseases. So how can you get your hands on some? Well, I'll tell you where you can find SDK: Ultimate Bone Support. This formula contains strontium, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, and a number of other ingredients proven to support strong, healthy bones. However, it doesn't contain melatonin. And that's actually a good thing. Here's why:
For best results, you need to take Ultimate Bone Support twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. That keeps the nutrients in your system working on your bones throughout the day. Doing so could give you even better results than the people in this study.
Most people, however, don't do well with taking melatonin during the day. It seems to disrupt their circadian rhythms and make them feel tired or sleepy. It's true that melatonin can help with sleep. That's probably why the people in the study experienced improved sleep as an outcome. But they were taking their formula only at night, so they didn't need to worry about getting melatonin in the morning.
I've had plenty of patients and even many more readers see great results with Ultimate Bone Support, without melatonin. If you have trouble sleeping, you can certainly add melatonin to Ultimate Bone Support. Just be sure you do so in the evening.
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