Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

Bone Supplement Help: What Can Help Increase Bone Mass & Density?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

Question: Hello, I'm wondering besides Calcium, Magnesium & D-3, do you know any other important supplements that can really help increase bone mass or bone density? (this is for my 58 year old mom)

We have quite a few options as far as bone health supplements. Let's take a look at some of the more popular bone supplements available at


Vitamin K2  Menaquinone
Derived from 100% natural Japanese natto (a fermented soybean product), menaquinone-7 is scientifically proven to help promote bone and cardiovascular health by keeping calcium out of the arteries and getting it to where it really belongs—into the bones that need it. Vitamin K2 itself consists of 13 numbered natural substances called menaquinones of which primarily menaquinone-7 has been scientifically proven to benefit cardiovascular and bone health. Extensive research completed in the Netherlands indicates the natto-derived form of menaquinone-7 helps get calcium out of the arteries and into the bones—where it belongs.


Soy Isoflavones
Swanson Soy Isoflavones addresses cardiovascular maintenance, bone strength, menopausal discomfort, immune function and more. With 750 mg of SoyLife, soy germ complex standardized to two percent isoflavone content, our Soy Isoflavone capsules are an easy way to get a healthy supply of natural soy nutrition on a daily basis.




Bonolive is the first clinically evaluated olive-based bone health supplement that supports two fundamental bone health goals: promoting bone formation and supporting bone strength. Bonolive can also help complete any bone-supporting regimen by addressing an important factor other supplements do not. There are three primary categories of bone health supplements: minerals and proteins, which provide the building blocks for healthy bone; vitamins, which promote the utilization of minerals; and phytoestrogens like lignans and isoflavones, which promote hormonal balance (a factor especially important for women). Bonolive is in a class of its own. It actually works to support healthy bone metabolism and stimulate bone-building at the cellular level. None of the other supplements work in this manner.


KOACT Calcium Collagen Chelate
About 25 percent of bone structure is collagen. It contributes to bone strength by lending a certain amount of flexibility to the rigid structure, allowing bone to "give" a little under pressure. KoACT® unites calcium with collagen in a patented calcium collagen chelate—a complex shown to be more effective than either collagen or calcium alone. In preliminary clinical studies, KoACT® has demonstrated the ability to promote both bone density and bone strength with exciting results. Simple combination products don't measure up. KoACT® has the power to support bone strength and bone density naturally with its calcium collegen chelate.



Why Do Some Swanson Products Contain Rice Flour?

Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

Question: I would like to know why so many Swansons products have rice flour in the (other ingrediants) label. Within the last couple of months Consumers Reports Magizine had an article on rice containing arsenic. I have not been able to take Swanson products due to being allergic to rice.


Contrary to what Consumer Reports might have you believe, not all supplement manufacturers are the same or take the same precautions when it comes to safety and quality. Our manufacturers are all required to test each product for heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic), so you can be assured that our products are all safe and do not contain arsenic. In fact you can read all about our quality control measures here.

As far as our use of rice flour, it’s difficult to find a flow agent which would be low in all common allergens making it perfectly suitable for the general population. Some people also have difficulty with millet, potato starch, maltodextrin, magnesium stearate, stearic acid, microcrystalline cellulose, silica. It’s hard to find one excipient which is OK for everyone, but they are an important piece of the manufacturing process that helps us keep quality very high while keeping our prices very low.



What Is Michio Kushi’s Fermented Superfood Complex?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

Question: Could you please tell me what category Michio Kushi’s Fermented Superfood Complex is in? It is touted as a whole food product but does it have vitamin or mineral nutritional values, and if so how does it compare to a whole food vitamin product? If it does compare to a whole food vitamin why are the vitamin and mineral values not listed?

Michio Kushi's Fermented Superfood Complex is actually not a whole food supplement. Rather, it is a combination of nutrient-dense superfoods that are fermented to unlock the nutrients in the plants. It is not intended to replace a multivitamin, nor will it come close because it’s doesn’t have a large enough assortment of vitamins or minerals and they are not concentrated in large enough quantities (that's why they are not listed on the label).

This unique superfood supplement features preB, a name that implies prebiotic—a food source to promote the growth of good bacteria in the intestine.  In the fermentation process, the microorganisms used produce organic acids and other compounds which enhance the environment of the intestine.  It’s not intended as a vitamin replacement.  Again, even though there’s lots of good stuff in it, the concentration is not sufficient to provide a substantial amount of nutrients.

For example, it has a little bit of orange in the formula, but the quantity of the Vitamin C from that orange would likely be less than 1 mg, as it’s not a concentration of any of the superfoods in the complex. The complex as a whole is very beneficial for energy and overall good health.




What is Calcium Pyruvate?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Vitamins and Supplements FAQs

Question: Thank you for the very informative article on the best form of calcium supplement. I do not see any information, though, on Calcium PYRUVATE, which I take. Can you please explain the difference between it and the other forms of calcium you mention?

Calcium pyruvate is just one of several forms of calcium, as you've pointed out. Unfortunately with all these forms, it’s kind of like asking how Vitamin C is different depending on what form it comes in... does it come from an orange, an apple, or any other fruits? It's still vitamin C. Calcium pyruvate is still calcium like the other forms.

Unfortunately, the mechanism isn’t particularly well-defined for calcium pyruvate, but most sources claim it helps with weight management.  Pyruvate converts to Acetyl CoA which can feed into the Kreb’s cycle to generate ATP (main energy source), but Acetyl CoA is also a central link or connecting point between cycles for a number of pathways used for metabolism of fats, proteins, ketones and steroids/cholesterol, as well.  No one says specifically how this enhances carbohydrate metabolism or increases fat burning.  Our guess would be that its primary impact is on Acetyl Co-A levels. Hopefully this answer helps a little bit in your search, but we realize it's not as definitive as you might have liked.

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