A study released from Florida State announces a new dietary supplement that could be a better alternative to vitamin D and calcium. Bahram H. Arjmandi, Margaret A. Sitton Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging (CAENRA) at Florida State, studied the impact of the dietary supplement KoACT® versus calcium and vitamin D on bone loss (Florida State, 2014).
KoACT® is a calcium-collagen chelate. This particular chelate is a compound containing calcium and collagen. Thirty-nine women were randomly divided in two groups, a control taking a vitamin D and calcium capsule, with the experimental group taking KoACT®.
According to the FSU press release, The women taking the calcium-collagen chelate saw substantially less bone loss than the control group over a year’s time. The group taking the calcium-collagen chelate, saw a loss of 1.23 percent in bone mineral density, while the control group saw a 3.75 percent loss (Florida State, 2014).
The result from the study appears to show promise in providing alternative supplement options for preventing bone loss. However, the study was funded by AIDP, a large functional ingredient and supplement company, therefore, more independent studies are needed. Before running to the shelves (or online) to acquire your first dose, make sure to consult with a trusted health care provider.
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