Even after we stop growing, we are continually breaking down and rebuilding our bones to repair microfractures and maintain bone health1. This process is called bone remodeling.
We also use calcium and magnesium from our bones to keep our blood and tissues in a state of homeostasis, which is the constant state of balance our bodies require to stay alive2. So, our bones are not only important to allow us to run and jump, but because they also provide a resource of the minerals that keep our bodies in balance.
Calcium and magnesium are also essential for our muscles to function. Every time our heart beats, we blink, or wiggle our toes, we use calcium and magnesium to trigger the contraction and relaxation of our muscle fibres2. If we are not able to get enough of these nutrients from the diet, our bodies extract them from our bones to maintain homeostasis and allow our muscles to continue to contract and relax2.
Lack of zinc from the diet and vitamin D from the sun also impacts the bone remodeling process and can lead to weakened and brittle bones. Zinc promotes bone growth and regeneration3. Vitamin D allows us to effectively absorb calcium and is essential for mineralization of calcium into bone4.
Over time, the donation of calcium and magnesium from our bones to our tissues to maintain homeostasis and muscle function results in increasingly brittle and weak bone remodelling1. Low bone density, called osteoporosis, increases our risk of fractures and falls, which is a leading cause of decline in quality of life, wellness, and independence as we age5.
The loss of bone density is a slow and silent process, and we typically don’t realize that it’s happening until we’re given a diagnosis of osteoporosis, or we experience a fracture. However, 10% of Canadians over the age of 406and 21% of postmenopausal women are osteoporotic6. Shockingly, after experiencing a hip fracture in Canada, 22% of women and 33% of men die in the first year6, and an increased risk of mortality in the remainder of hip fracture patients over the next ten years7.
These numbers are astounding, especially given that osteoporosis is a largely preventable disease. Meeting daily nutrition requirements for calcium, magnesium, zinc, and achieving adequate levels of vitamin D from sun exposure and supplements is an essential part of preventing osteoporosis1-6.
Some groups of people are more likely to benefit from Calcium-Magnesium supplementation:
- Adolescents: we reach 90% of peak bone mass by 20 years, and 100% by 30 years of age8
- Family history of osteopenia or osteoporosis5
- Pregnancy increases our requirementsfor calcium, magnesium and zinc9
- Individuals experiencing restless legs or musclecramping
- Concern that you are not eating a balanced diet
- Individuals with digestive disorders that lower the absorption nutrients, including SIBO, Celiac disease, and Crohn’s disease
- Individuals who have taken acid-blocking medications, steroid medication, smoke cigarettes, or drink alcohol
We should aim for 1000mg-1200mgof calcium9, 8-11mg of zinc, and at least 400mg of magnesium daily. Research shows that the vast majority of us do not meet these requirements through nutrition, even if we eat a healthy diet, so adequate intake should be achieved through the combination of food and supplementation.
Salus Calcium-Magnesium supports the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, helps us to maintain proper muscle function, and supports homeostasis by providing the essential nutrients calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D.
The Salus Calcium-Magnesium liquid formulation is easy to dose, gentle on the digestive system, and highly absorbed. The addition of herbs, vegetables and fruit tastes gives the formula a great taste without the use of preservatives, colouring, or artificial flavours.
Dr. Hilary’s Tips for Healthy Bones Throughout the Lifespan
- Eat a variety of foods that are rich in minerals, including dark leafy greens, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia, beans, lentils, edamame, dairy and non-dairy beverage alternatives like nut milk.
- Avoid foods that contribute to bone density loss, including salty foods, pop, red meat and alcohol5.
- Weight-bearing exercise helps us maintain bone strength. This includes anything where we are working against gravity, such as a brisk walk, climbing stairs, lifting light weights, and using resistance bands5,6.
- Sunshine is our primary source of vitamin D. Blood testing is the best way to know your vitamin D status so that your doctor can adjust supplementation as needed, especially if you live in a cold climate. Aim for a blood test value of 100-150 nmol/L of 25-hydroxy vitamin D.
- Family history is a strong predictor of bone health, so an open dialogue with family members can be helpful for assessing your own risk, and for making sure that children and adolescents are well supported as they grow5.
- Use an online nutrition tracking tool to see if you are getting enough calcium and magnesium through diet. We should aim for 1000mg-1200mg of calcium9, 8-11mg of zinc, and at least 400mg of magnesium daily. Toomuch calcium can have a negative impact on our health, so gentle supplementation is the safest way to make up for dietary deficits.
Salus Calcium-Magnesium provides helps in the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, promotes healthy muscle function, and promotes homeostasis by providing the essential nutrients calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D.
Salus Calcium-Magnesium is quickly and effectively absorbed without causing digestive upset. This formulation is flavoured using whole-food extracts for a delicious and easy-to-dose supplement that is free from common allergens and artificial ingredients. Together with a healthy diet, Salus Calcium-Magnesium can help us maintain strong bones to support our health wellness throughout the lifespan.
Each 30 ml contains
Magnesium (gluconate dihydrate and citrate) 186 mg
Calcium (gluconate and lactate) 155 mg
Zinc (citrate) 3.5 mg
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 204 IU (5.1 μg)
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Aqueous extracts of hibiscus, chamomile, fennel, spinach, juices of orange and mango, fructose, natural passionfruit flavour, locust bean gum and water.
Vegetarian | Gluten Free | Wheat Free | Dairy Free | Yeast Free
Salus Cal-Mag supports the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, helps us to maintain proper muscle function, and supports homeostasis by providing the essential nutrients calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D.
The Salus Cal-Mag liquid formulation is easy to dose, gentle on the digestive system, and highly absorbed. The addition of herbs, vegetables and fruit tastes gives the formula a great taste without the use of preservatives, colouring, or artificial flavours.
Magnesium (gluconate dihydrate and citrate)
- Increases bone density and helps to prevent osteoporosis10
- Relaxes muscles and calms the nervous system10
- Highly absorbable and biologically available forms of magnesium that are gentle on digestion
Calcium (gluconate and lactate)
- Essential nutrient for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth2
- Promotes healthy muscle function and homeostasis in the body
- Highly absorbable and biological available forms of calcium that are less likely to cause constipation than calcium citrate
- Promotes bone growth and regeneration3
- Essential for healthy gene expression and immune system function
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)
- Promotes calcium absorption and is essential for the mineralization of calcium into bone4
- Facilitates healthy immune system function
Adults: Take 30ml once daily before a meal. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Zinc supplementation can cause a copper deficiency. Consult a health care practitioner if you are unsure weather you are taking adequate copper.
Do not use if you are allergic to anethole or plants of the Matricaria/ Asteraceae / Compositae / Daisy family.
Keep out of reach of children.
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- Kendler DL, Adachi JD, Brown JP, et al. A scorecard for osteoporosis in Canada and seven Canadian provinces. Osteoporos Int. 2021;32(1):123-132.
- Abrahamsen B, van Staa T, Ariely R, Olson M, Cooper C. Excess mortality following hip fracture: a systematic epidemiological review. Osteoporos Int. 2009 Oct;20(10):1633-50.
- Lu J, Shin Y, Yen MS, Sun SS. Peak Bone Mass and Patterns of Change in Total Bone Mineral Density and Bone Mineral Contents From Childhood Into Young Adulthood. J Clin Densitom. 2016;19(2):180-191
- Health Canada. Vitamin D and Calcium: Updated Dietary Reference Intakes. 28 July 2020. Accessed 27 Jan 2021.
- Castiglioni S, Cazzaniga A, Albisetti W, Maier JA. Magnesium and osteoporosis: current state of knowledge and future research directions. Nutrients. 2013;5(8):3022-3033.