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CalMag 90 tablets - calcium, magnesium & vegan vitamin D | Jarrow Formulas

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Discontinued, the best vegan alternative is Vegan Bone-Up. 

Jarrow Formulas CalMag provides both calcium and magnesium as well as vitamin D, all important for optimal bone and cardiovascular health

Vitamin D is essential for intestinal calcium and phosphorous absorption. Ergocalciferol is a vegetarian form of vitamin D.

Magnesium works with calcium and other minerals in bone formation. Moreover, it is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions, including in energy (ATP) production, as well as cardiac and smooth muscle contractions.

Adequate calcium and vitamin D as part of a healthful diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

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As two of most abundant and essential macro minerals in the human body and skeleton, adequate intake of calcium and magnesium is essential for optimal bone health. Studies have shown that supplementing calcium and magnesium together promotes healthy bone mineral density and bone size by supporting normal bone metabolism. Since magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker, the mineral should be taken with calcium to reduce calcified deposits. Jarrow Formulas’ CaMag contains 500 IU of Vitamin D2, 500 mg calcium with 250 mg of magnesium as citrate/malate blends, which have been documented to be highly absorbable and well-tolerated.

Naturally found in nuts, seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, and dairy products, calcium is essential for the maintenance of healthy bones, as well as cardiovascular health. Supplementation of calcium has long been shown to be beneficial for bone health in everyone from children to the elderly. Meta-analyses of studies on calcium and bone mass demonstrate that supplementation of 500 to 1500 mg of calcium daily improves bone health across gender and age groups. In a double-blind, 2 year, randomized, controlled trial of 323 healthy men around age 40, bone health markers were found to increase at all sites among the group receiving 1200 mg/day of calcium, by 1% to 1.5% more than those receiving placebo.

Calcium Citrate and Malate
As a naturally-occurring organic compound, malic acid, a key component of calcium and magnesium citrate/malate in Jarrow Formulas’ CalMag, is concentrated in apples, watermelon, plums, lychees, and cherries. At equal amounts, calcium/malate yields greater fractional absorption than milk or calcium carbonate. Calcium citrate/malate’s bioavailability stems from its water solubility and dissolution: When dissolved, it releases calcium ions and a calcium citrate complex such that calcium ions are absorbed directly into intestinal cells, and the citrate complex enters the body through paracellular absorption.

In a study of 11 and 12- year-old girls given 500 mg calcium as citrate/ malate or placebo for 18 months, plus 960 mg dietary calcium daily, significantly greater gains in lumbar spine mineralization and total body bone health were found among those given calcium citrate/ malate. A randomized trial of 45 pairs of identical twins, in which one twin received 700 mg calcium as citrate/malate and the other twin, a placebo, found significant gains in bone health in the supplemented children at all six sites (measured after 3 years). In another study, 389 men and women over 65 years of age given 500 mg calcium as calcium citrate/malate and 700 I.U. vitamin D, or placebo for three years found the supplement supported total body bone mass in both sexes and led to a significant improvement in bone strength.

Researchers estimate that the average person’s body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, about half of which is in the bones. The mineral participates in 300-350 enzymatic reactions in nearly all the body’s tissues. Naturally found in seaweed, green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, magnesium supports proper growth and maintenance of bones, promotes nerve and muscle health, promotes normal levels of stomach acid and elimination of stool. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with loss of bone density. In a prospective cohort study of 73,684 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, lower magnesium intake was associated with unwanted changes in bones of the hip and whole body. In an animal study, a 50% reduced intake of magnesium caused lower bone mineral content, especially in the distal femur. Researchers hypothesized that the changes may be related to altered PTH and 1,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D formation or action, and to an increased release of substance P, a neuropeptide which has been shown to amplify bone growth, and the inflammatory cytokines TNF alpha and IL-1beta.

Supports Normal Levels Of Inflammation
Magnesium levels are also important for maintaining normal levels of inflammation in the body and maintaining healthy cardiovascular markers. Low levels of magnesium impact the secretion and the activity of parathyroid hormone as well as markers of inflammation. In a study of the NHANES data on children aged 6-17, those with adequate levels of magnesium were more likely to have normal C-reactive protein values. Likewise, among adults, those with intakes below the RDA were more likely to have elevated levels of CRP.

Magnesium + Malate
Together with malate, magnesium plays a critical role in ATP production under aerobic and hypoxic conditions. Magnesium malate has been shown in the research to improve discomfort and tenderness in patients with musculoskeletal and connective tissue discomfort. A previous study found that among 15 patients given 1200-2400 mg malate plus 300-600 mg magnesium for an average of 8 weeks, tender point index (TPI) scores were reduced after an average of 4 and 8 weeks on the magnesium malate combination, with subjective symptom improvement occurring within 48 hours of supplementation.

Jarrow Formulas’ CalMag provides both calcium and magnesium as highly absorbable citrate malate, together with vitamin D2, for optimal bone health benefits. The excellent absorption of both calcium and magnesium as citrate malate ensures the healthy deposit of minerals along with additional benefits for maintaining already healthy levels of inflammation and energy production.

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Can vitamin D help combat infectious diseases like COVID-19?

Most people know how important vitamin D is to maintain good bone health, but less well known is how it improves immune health. 
Until recently that is, when a study was published about hospital patients with COVID-19 were treated with a special form of vitamin D (calcifediol, which is how vitamin D looks like once it is converted in the liver, which may take up to a week).
The difference in outcome was quite remarkable: there was only one casualty among patients that were treated and far fewer had to be transferred to intensive care. Since then there's been a vastly increased interest for vitamin D supplementation.
We decided to dig a little further and found compelling evidence for its efficacy. Actually the evidence has been around for several years already, but was slow to trickle down to the general public (or physicians). 
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many people are wondering how to keep themselves healthy. You know that social distancing, working from home and staying inside in general is one way to protect yourself, but are there other measures you can take?
Boosting your immune system is one of the best things you can do because it is your body's key defense when it comes to fighting a virus. Even if you are exposed to a virus, the coronavirus COVID-19 or others, if your immune system is strong, you have a better chance of not getting sick. 
Vitamin C is a popular choice for supporting immunity, but another key nutrient for your immune system is vitamin D. 
It turns out that vitamin D, is every bit as important as its vitamin C or other antioxidants whenever the immune system is under attack, like during a cold or flu.
Here’s how this underestimated vitamin can help boost immunity and fight viral infections.
Because of a recent case in the Netherlands about excessive lead exposure in a school for young children, we were asked how to avoid lead poisoning. Hence why we present you this blog article. 

How to avoid lead poisoning

Although exposure to lead has decreased within the last two decades, it is still a concern and caution is advised, especially for children who have access to toys with lead-based paint or individuals who live in older homes. In some instances, lead can leach from the main water pipes and into the household water supply. If exposed to lead, eating a healthy diet can help reduce its absorption by the body.

When lead is consumed, research shows it can cause learning and behavior problems; as it accumulates, it can cause lasting problems with growth and development. Infants and children are at a higher risk because they absorb lead more quickly than adults, in addition to being more likely to put non-food items that might contain lead in their mouth.  

Why does stress make us sick more easily?

Most diseases that we are dealing with nowadays are chronic diseases as a result of poor lifestyle choices that will only affect us later in life. However, we can get sick much sooner when exposed to chronic stress. How can this happen?

Stress is defined as a series of events, starting with a stimulus leading to a stress response known as the 'fight-or-flight' reaction that can affect many body systems.
Physical or physiological stress is mostly short-lived, while psychological or emotional stress can last for a very long time.

Reducing salt intake, should you care?

In our last blog article I discussed the dangers of dehydration during a heat wave. It was also remarked how our bodies don't just lose fluid, but also lose salts. As if it isn't clear yet, you will not just need to drink more water during a heat wave, but also need to consume more salts.

Because we are are bombarded with well-intended advice to limit salt intake because the average person consumes too much salt by eating too much junkfood, you would almost forget how essential minerals are and more specifically, sodium is for our health.

Why we aren't supposed to eat so much sodium
When there’s extra sodium in your bloodstream, sodium pulls water into your blood vessels, increasing the total amount of blood inside your blood vessels. With more blood flowing through your blood vessels, blood pressure may increase too much.
Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, it is postulated that eating less sodium can help blunt the rise in blood pressure that occurs with age, and reduce your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and even headaches.
The extra water in your body (from temporary high salt intake) can also lead to bloating which can feel very uncomfortable.

Epidemiological study: more muscle strength with more magnesium

The more magnesium elderly people have in their blood, the more muscle strength they have. This is the conclusion from an Italian epidemiological study done at the University of Palermo, which examined eleven hundred people aged between sixty and seventy. Magnesium increased the strength with which the elderly Italians could close a grip spring, the amount of kilograms they could raise with their calves and the weight they could shift doing leg extensions.

Hormones and osteoporosis

Over and over again, women are warned to start supplementing calcium and take up weight lifting once they are in their 40s as otherwise we will end up with frail bones at old age.

recommended intake
take 3-6 tablets a day, preferably dividing the number of tablets equally between each meal to facilitate maximum absorption, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant. Easy-Solv® tablets are designed to disintegrate within several minutes of ingestion.

contains per daily serving (3 tablets)
vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) 12.5mcg / 500IU (60% current RDI)
calcium (as calcium citrate/malate) 500 mg (elemental) (40% RDI)
magnesium (as magnesium citrate/malate) 250 mg (60% RDI)

RDI = Recommended Daily Intake

active ingredients (calcium citrate, calcium malate, magnesium citrate, magnesium malate, ergocalciferol), filler(cellulose), yeast (inactivated Saccharomyces cerevesiae as source of D2), filler (vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide),  food grade coating

store in a cool, dry place

allergy information
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)

suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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