Bone Builder is a well-researched, standardized extract from one of the world’s safest premium sources of bone—free-range New Zealand cattle. Bone Builder contains microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC), a complex crystalline compound containing calcium, phosphorus, bioactive growth factors, type I collagen, amino acids, glycosaminoglycans, and a broad range of essential trace elements that naturally comprise healthy bone.
Building and maintaining healthy bone is much more complex than calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. There are numerous co-factors, trace minerals and other compounds that play a role in healthy bone. Bone Builder goes above and beyond other formulas to deliver these needed nutrients. Bone Builder consists of collagenous and non-collagenous proteins and peptides. These compounds include insulin-like growth factors I and II (IGF-I, IGF-II), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), and osteocalcin, factors that stimulate alkaline phosphatase activity and support metabolism in human bone cells. Removal of the protein fraction appears to reduce the positive effects of the formula, highlighting the importance of its presence.
Numerous published studies over 20 years support the safety, tolerability, and bone health-related effectiveness of MCHC supplementation. Studies suggest that the bioavailability of calcium from MCHC supplements may be as good as or better than the bioavailability of calcium from calcium gluconate supplements.
Clinical trials suggested the MCHC formula was well-tolerated and yielded a positive outcome for dental status, bone integrity, and healthy bone metabolism. A randomized, controlled study indicated that the addition of the MCHC formula to exogenously administered hormones provided statistically significant support to vertebral bone mass. Another study of 60 subjects suggested that bone mass was maintained while on the MCHC formula.