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Can foods added calcium contribute to bone growth

Post by chelsea8611 » Fri, 08 Aug 2008 11:52 am

Can foods added calcium contribute to bone growth

Giving children foods fortified with calcium to help build up their bones may be a waste of time, say experts.

The mineral is added to many breakfast cereals, snack bars and drinks as manufacturers woo the parental market.

But scientists have found that such products do not produce significantly stronger bones, nor do they reduce the chance of a child suffering fractures.

It is thought that calcium artificially added to food passes through the body too quickly to be properly absorbed and therefore fails to perform the same functions as foods which are naturally rich in calcium, such as milk, cheese and leafy green vegetables.

It is now built into such things as Kellogg's Coco Pops, breakfast bars such as the Frosties Cereal and Milk bar, some Tropicana orange juices and even a calcium -enriched water called Danone Activ. The theory is that if children build strong bones it will protect them better against problems such as osteoporosis in later life. But the research casts doubt on the usefulness of such products. Experts analysed 19 studies where children aged between three and 19 were given extra calcium in their diet in this way. They then measured the impact by measuring their bone mineral density and mineral content.

The team found few significant increases in bone mass and none in the two bones which are most vulnerable to fracture - the lower spine and upper part of the thigh. A small impact was noted in bone density in the arm, but it cut the risk of fracture by just 0.2 per cent, according to the report published in the Cochrane Library. The influential publication is produced by the international health research organisation, the Cochrane Collaboration.

Lead researcher Professor Frank R Greer, of the University of Wisconsin, said the findings for children echo those seen in adult studies. "You can get some short-term improvements but as soon as you stop the supplements it goes right back to where it was," he said.  

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Post by lordsgrace » Thu, 21 Aug 2008 9:41 pm

Hi Chealsea,

Believe you are a very careful mom for what is your child eating. It s very good to so. I had did some reaearch as a nurse, and nutritionist,
I found one book is very good for understanding which is really good as a kind of supplements.

You may borrow from the National Library, name is Comparitive Guide To Nutritional Supplements, a very good book for us to take the necessary supplements wisely. Some of them are really good, however some popular brand are not.

The third edition and forth edition both are avalible.Which we trust a lot as it was third party's research.

You may come back to look for me, if you want where to get the top one for your kids in a reasonable price. Singapore has imported!!

Wish your care will be cared

god loves people, pray people will be humble turn to Him to be blessed

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