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Supplement Combo Increases Bone Mineral Density.

A trial reported in Aging found benefits for a combination of melatonin, strontium citrate, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 in postmenopausal women with osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis. *

The study included 11 women who received a placebo and 11 who received 5 mg of melatonin, 450 mg of strontium, 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 and 60 mcg of K2 nightly for one year. Bone mineral density, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and C-reactive protein levels were measured at the beginning and end of the study. Bone turnover rate was assessed by the evaluation of markers in blood samples collected at baseline and months six and 12.

Those who received the nutritional supplements experienced a 4.3% average increase in bone mineral density in the lumbar spine, a 2.2% increase in femoral neck density and a trend toward an increase in total left hip density, along with a reduction in bone turnover in comparison with the placebo group.

Editor's Note: Mood and quality of sleep also improved among those who received the nutrients, and C-reactive protein levels significantly declined.


* Aging (Albany NY). 2017 Jan; 9(1): 256-285.

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Publication:Life Extension
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Date:Oct 1, 2017
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