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"Spinal Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women Supplemented with Calcium and Trace Minerals"

Strause, Linda and Saltman, Paul, et al, Journal of Nutrition, 1994;124:1060-1064.

This study evaluated the effects of calcium citrate malate at 1,000 mg of elemental calcium per day with and without the addition of 15 mg of zinc per day, manganese 5 mg per day, and copper 2.5 mg per day on bone loss at L2 and L4 in 59 healthy, older, post-menopausal women in a 2-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Changes in bone density were -3.53% in the placebo, -1.89% with trace minerals only, -1.25% with calcium only and a positive 1.48 with calcium plus trace minerals. Bone loss relative to base-line values was significant in the placebo group and not in the groups that received the trace elements alone, calcium alone or the calcium plus trace minerals. The data suggests that bone loss in the calcium supplemented, older postmenopausal women with trace minerals can be completely arrested.



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