Hot on the heels of the study that suggests that milk is not the best thing to be drinking later in life, a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, demonstrates that a calcium-collagen chelate supplement might be more effective than calcium and vitamin D at slowing bone loss.
As we get older, our bone density reduces and we are more likely to break or fracture bones. It was thought that this could be countered by increasing calcium and vitamin D intake, such as drinking milk. If the recent findings about milk consumption and increased chance of bone fracture hold up, then this would seem like not the way to protect our bones. Calcium and Vitamin D supplements could be taken but according to the study in the Journal of Medicinal Food, a supplement of calcium-collagen chelate was found to be more effective at preventing bone loss (in post menopausal women).
39 women were monitored for the test, half were given supplements of 5 g of calcium-collagen chelate containing 500 mg of elemental calcium and 200 IU vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3) and the other half were given a supplement containing the same amount of calcium and vitamin D.
The calcium-collagen chelate has been patented and is being marketed as KoACT®. In this study it proved more effective than calcium and vitamin D, and in an animal study it was found to be more effective than a mix of calcium and collagen of the same concentrations suggesting its all in the binding.