Common vitamins boost bone health

Imagine that -- a pill that works as advertised for bone health.

No, it's not those dangerous bisphosphonate drugs that are breaking the very bones they're supposed to help. It's the ordinary vitamin D and calcium duo that millions of people already take for bone support.

In a new study of more than 36,000 postmenopausal women, a combination of 1,000 mg elemental calcium carbonate and 400 IU of vitamin D3 per day slashed the risk of hip fracture by 39 percent when compared to a placebo.

That's as big as the benefit seen in studies on bone drugs, but without the risks that make those medications such a poor choice -- including the risk of heartburn, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and a serious condition that leads to the destruction of jawbone.

Yet mainstream medical authorities not only continue to recommend those dangerous drugs, they've actually gone out of their way to dismiss safe nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D and calcium.

The US Preventative Services Task Force specifically recommends against vitamin D and calcium supplements for bone health.

Shows you whose side they're really on.

But while bone drugs come with extra risks, these nutrients come with extra benefits -- including protecting something even more important than your bone.

They can actually protect your life.

In one study, people who took vitamin D  and calcium supplements actually had a lower risk of death from all causes over an average of three years.

Vitamin D on its own can also help protect the heart, prevent cancer, keep dementia at bay and more -- but 400 IU a day isn't nearly enough for those benefits.

Most people need between 2,000 and 5,000 IUs a day. A holistic medical doctor can check your levels and help you determine exactly how much you need.