As in “What supplement should I take?” Good question. I believe they recommend that you take 1500 mg of Calcium, 600 mg of magnesium, 500 mg of Vitamin C, and between 1000 and 2000 IU of Vitamin D (although see the earlier post about the Vitamin D council recommendation of a minimum of 2000 IU of Vitamin D).
But what about all the other stuff we’re supposed to have? Calcium, Magnesium, D and C can’t do it alone. There’s also Boron and Selenium, Riboflavin and Manganese, Vitamin K and Lutein and Lycopene and Potassium and and and and and.
It’s very hard to get the right amount of all the vitamins and minerals we’re supposed to have from diet along. Especially since there’s a whole theory out there that, due to industrialized farming and chemical fertilizers, our food is no longer as nutrient rich as it used to be because we’ve killed our soil.
But if you buy individual bottles of all those things, it’ll cost you a fortune.
The Better Bones, Better Body people sell a package of pharmaceutical grade multivitamins that are sent to you each month, divided into daily doses, for $109.00 a month. $119 if you get the menopause brand.
That’s a lot of carrots. Plus, when I see a price tag like that — $119 for a bottle of vitamins — it just pushes all kinds of buttons for me. I can’t help but feel I’m being preyed upon. Not that Dr. Brown is doing that at all! She’s written a great book, full of really important, valuable information. And maybe those pharmaceutical grade vitamins really do cost that much to produce and she’s barely netting a profit on them at all. Hell, maybe she’s operating at a loss.
I’m just talking about me. It irks me that someone wants to charge that kind of money. But then I’m also in favor of a Public Option, so take it for what it’s worth. Although, if they came out with a pill that they absolutely knew cured Osteoporosis, and it had no side effects at all, and that pill cost $1,000 a month, would I pay for it? I’d by-golly try.
But no one has that pill, so for now I’m looking at vitamins. I copied the label from Dr. Brown’s vitamins, then let my fingers do the walking on the internet and found what I feel is a comparable brand. You’ll see from looking at the labels, the amounts/ingredients are not the same. As my band teacher used to say, “Close enough for jazz.” But perhaps not. I know that too much vitamin A can interfere with vitamin D absorption. And not enough Magnesium can prevent Calcium absorption. It’s a very delicate dance. It could be that every little mg counts.
But here are the labels, compare and decide for yourself. From Dr. Brown’s Women to Women Better Bones Basics Supplements. I couldn’t get a screen capture of the entire label, so I had to split it in two.
If you already have osteoporosis, Dr. Brown’s program recommends you further supplement with her Better Bones Builder (hence the price differential of $109 and $119). Again, the label is long, so I had to split it in two.
My substitute is Doctor’s Choice 45+ Women. This label is so long, it’s divided into three parts. The cost is between $22.00 and $27.00, depending on where you buy it. It is by no means a replica of the Better Bones vitamins, but it has most of the same ingredients, and it’s 1/4 of the price. Caveat… does the adage “you get what you pay for” apply here?