Meet the building blocks of healthy bone mass

The likelihood of developing Osteoporosis depends partly on how much bone mass you attained in your youth and partly on unchangeable facts like race, sex, family history and age.

The higher your peak bone mass, the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age.



Exercise can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss. It will benefit bone health no matter when you start, but you’ll gain the most benefits if you start exercising regularly when you’re young and continue to exercise throughout your life.


Men and women between the ages of 18 and 50 need 1,000mg of calcium a day. This daily amount increases to 1,200mg when women turn 50 and men turn 70. If you find it difficult to get enough calcium from your diet, consider taking high-quality and easily absorbed calcium supplements. Adding calcium is a final step in bone building or maintenance—but that is supported by calcium-helper nutrients (1).


Those unsung heroes include vitamin D3 & vitamin K2, and they play an important role in supporting calcium. Calcium is still essential, but science shows that we also need a team of helper-nutrients to support bone health (2).

Vitamin D3It improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium and improves bone health in other ways. People can get some of their vitamin D3 from sunlight, but this might not be a good source if you live in a high latitude or if you’re housebound. People without other sources of vitamin D3 and especially with limited sun exposure might need a supplement.

Vitamin K2: Our entire skeleton is replaced every 7 to 10 years. During this skeleton’s remodeling, bone-forming activity (ie, absorption) and breakdown of bone (ie, resorption) takes place.Vitamin K2 plays a key role in directing calcium to the right places. Vitamin K2 also keeps calcium from accumulating in the walls of blood vessels making it a key player in bone and cardiovascular health.

As a compounding pharmacy, we have the capability and expertise to craft custom-made calcium, vitamin D3 and K2 supplements made just for you. If you would like to know more about the benefits of compounding or our range of supplements, come and have a chat with our pharmacists – Jenny, Gavin, Michelle, Maria or Jill.

Ring us on (03) 9509 7912 or visit us at 153 Burke Rd, Glen Iris, VIC 3146.
Next week, we’ll discuss the importance of bone health in women experiencing menopause.

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