When it comes to calcium supplements, not all are created equal.
A study conducted by university researchers has found the ingredient that makes AiOra 04 Natural Calcium may be a safer yet effective form of calcium supplementation.
The study, done by the University of Auckland’s Department of Medicine, looked at the effectiveness of StimuCal™ – the patented ingredient that makes up AiOra 04 Natural Calcium.
Researchers found it was effective in supporting bone health and delivered just the right amount of calcium at the right rate, to avoid the risk of heart attacks.
Made of New Zealand grass-fed beef bone, StimuCal is not artificially modified like many other calcium supplements and works in a similar way to food sources of the mineral.
It was developed to provide a calcium supplement that had a safer rate of absorption than others on the market.
This came after research found an association between calcium supplementation and an increased risk of cardiovascular events when the calcium was released into the blood too quickly.
The human trial involved 100 postmenopausal women, who were randomised to receive 1000 mg per day of calcium in the form of either StimuCal, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate or a placebo.
Acute changes to blood calcium levels were monitored over an eight-hour period, while bone turnover was measured at baseline and again at three months.
The results showed peak blood calcium levels after the participants took StimuCal were 45-49% lower than the same amount of calcium carbonate and calcium citrate.
In addition, the study found StimuCal was just as effective in promoting bone matrix deposition and bone formation.
Calcium is critical as it helps prevent osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and brittle.
It is essential for healthy bones and teeth, and is needed for your heart, muscles and nerves to function properly.
AiOra 04 Natural Calcium also contains other bone building nutrients like type 1 collagen and phosphorus.