These are a few of our favorite things... Jarrow's Bone Up

This month’s Pass Favorite is from Margo.  Her pick is Bone Up from Jarrow.  She said she had gone for a bone scan and was diagnosed with osteopenia.  She had not been taking calcium regularly, but she switched to Bone Up and when she went back for another scan she was no longer diagnosed with osteopenia and her bone density was in the normal range.  We have also had a number of customers report increased bone density after supplementing with Bone Up.

We would say without reservation that Bone Up is the best calcium supplement on the market.  Calcium can be difficult for the body to absorb, but Jarrow’s Bone Up is a specialized, well absorbed form of calcium that is combined with a full complement of cofactors to help increase calcium absorption and bone density- including vitamin D, boron, vitamin K, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and more.  Bone Up used to only be available in a six a day formula, but has recently come out with a three a day capsule formula.  We really can’t recommend it enough for anyone who has problems with bone density or osteoporosis.

Supplement Spotlight: Are you taking the best form of your supplements?

There are many supplements which are available in a variety of different forms, some of which are significantly better absorbed, and others which have benefits which may be helpful.  Several supplements are listed below where the form you choose can make a big difference.


Vitamin B12

This is the first that comes to mind when thinking of a supplement where its form really matters.  The most common form of B12 is cobalamin, though the form we recommend the most is the methyl form of the vitamin- methylcobalamin- which is significantly better absorbed.   It’s best to look for a sublingual form that dissolves in the mouth, since if B12 is swallowed in pill form it has a difficult time being absorbed as opposed to a sublingual form, which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.   B12 can be helpful for energy, brain function, and nerve health.  Many seniors are critically deficient in this vitamin, the effects of which can even mimic demensia.


Vitamin D

Vitamin D should always be taken in the D3 form, since that is the best absorbing.  Vitamin D3 used to be sourced from fish liver oil, though nearly all of the brands we have in the store are now made from lanolin.  Vitamin D3 is most commonly from animal sources, but we have recently started carrying a plant based,vegan D3 from Country Life.  Vitamin D is important for bone health, calcium absorption, and the immune system.



There are two forms of CoQ10, the more commonly known form, ubiquinone, and the newer, better absorbed form ubiquinol.   Ubiquinol is the specific form of CoQ10 that the body uses, and is significantly more bioavailable than the regular form of CoQ10 (ubiquinone).  Ubiquinol is more expensive however, though if you have heart issues or compromised absorption it may be worth switching to the better absorbed form.  CoQ10 has been in numerous research studies for its benefit to heart health, also, statin drugs (a cholesterol lowering medication) further deplete the body’s levels of CoQ10, making supplementation even more necessary.



The most commonly seen form of calcium is calcium carbonate, which is unfortunately notorious for causing constipation and digestive issues.  There are many well absorbing forms of calcium available, calcium citrate among others, which will not cause constipation.  Calcium should also be taken in a complex with other co factors like magnesium, boron and/or vitamin D which enhance calcium absorption.  Also, it’s best to take calcium in divided doses, since the body can only absorb about 500mg of the mineral at once.


Please come by the store and we’ll be happy to help you find the supplement and its specific form that is right for you.  Also, feel free to bring in the supplements you’re currently taking so we can go over them with you.

Healthy Q & A: Calcium Absorption


I’d recently read an article that was pretty much saying that calcium supplements were useless and that they didn’t really do anything since you’re probably not absorbing it.   What do you think?  I guess I’m looking for reassurance.


There is always going to be someone out there trying to say that supplements are a waste of time.  That being said, there is a lot of difference between different calcium supplements and formulations, which can make a big difference in how it’s used and absorbed by the body.


First, I’d like to say that it’s unlikely that the body can absorb more than 500mg of calcium at a time, so while everyone might want to just take one pill for their daily needs of calcium, it’s not really in your best interest.  Also, it’s important to think of your daily calcium consumption from foods.  If a person is eating 2-3 servings of dairy products a day, they might not need to take the entire recommended dosage of 1,000mg of calcium.


Calcium is the most well known supplement for the bones, and for good reason- calcium is key to building new bone.  When it comes to supplements however, calcium is not the end of the story.  There are a number of other important nutrients which can aid in calcium absorption and in helping the body to use the calcium correctly.   In fact, a person may be doing themselves a disservice by taking calcium by itself.


Magnesium is one of the most important supplements next to calcium.  It helps the body to absorb calcium and prevents the calcification of tissues in the body.   It literally helps calcium to go into the bones.  Vitamin D is also crucial for protecting the bones and for helping the body to absorb calcium (calcium is notoriously difficult for the body to absorb and utilize correctly).  Another supplement I really love that’s great for the bones is vitamin K2, it works as a traffic guard in the body- directing calcium to the bones and away from the arteries and soft tissues, helping to prevent and reverse arteriosclerosis.


The best calcium supplement I’d recommend is Jarrow’s Bone Up, it has the most bone co-factors compared to any other supplement including 1000mg of vitamin D3, as well as vitamin K2, magnesium, boron, and a host of other bone building supplements.