Do you know that our bones reach maximum density at the age of 30? Even worse, we start to lose bone mass at a faster rate thereafter. Yes, that is brittle truth when we parents reach middle age. So a lack of proper calcium and other supplementation can lead to diseases such as osteoporosis, hypertension, arthritis, and even rickets. These conditions are real and can affect everyone from the very young to the old, and even the seemingly healthy.
And as much as we would like to be eating for healthy bones and joints - which means getting plenty of foods that are rich in calcium and other minerals - this can sometimes be difficult due to our hectic lifestyles. This is where supplementation, particularly from natural food sources, is beneficial.
Established since 1989, Herbs of Gold, Australia’s Premium & Therapeutic Health Food Brand, has been dedicated to providing premium quality herbal and nutritional supplements designed by a team of experienced naturopaths based on traditional and clinical evidence for everyone’s well-being. And now, it has come to our shores since February 2015.
All of the products that Herbs of Gold produce are unique in their nature due to the combination of herbs, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that have been throughout the whole process of manufacturing. Much like Herbs of Gold's Calcium K2 with Vitamin D supplements which uses 2 organic, bioavailable form of Calcium: Aquamin derived from seaweed and Calcium Citrate.
We all know the important role that Calcium plays in bone structure, and low levels of calcium can increase risk of developing osteoporosis. Calcium does not, however, act on its own to support bone density; Vitamin D supports the absorption of calcium, which is why most calcium supplements on the market pair Calcium together with Vitamin D.
But something sets Herbs of Gold's Calcium K2 with Vitamin D apart from the competition - Vitamin K2. The tablets are added with patented form of Vitamin K2 which is clinically proven to be necessary for osteocalcin activity, a protein that binds calcium in bone. What this means is Vitamin K2 works simultaneously with Calcium and Vitamin D to achieve optimum bone health!
If you want to take your bone health to the next level by optimising vitamins and mineral levels required for joint health as well, Herbs of Gold's Glucosamine MAX will be at the top of this health list.
Glucosamine is known to be the most popular supplement for joint support and it is also well established to be an effective treatment for joint-related conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Herbs of Gold's Glucosamine MAX is a high strength one-a-day glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM formula with Ginger which not only helps to maintain joint health and may help to increase joint mobility and reduce joint inflammation associated with arthritis, it also provides temporary relief of the pain and swelling associated with arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis!
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) provides an organic form of sulfur, required for the formation of cartilage while Chondroitin sulfate helps to protect cartilage and maintains fluid content in joint cartilage which acts as a shock absorber. The addition of ginger provides anti-inflammatory support for joints.
For best results, pair the Calcium and Glucosamine supplements together as both are required for the health and development of the skeletal system. Calcium is for bone while Glucosamine is for joint and together, they form a formidable pair!
My mum has long been suffering from weak knee joints and she is not able to to walk for long distances. She has been taking both of the supplements for about a month now and although I would not say there is a distinct difference regarding her joints, I have been hearing less complaints about them so I guess that is a good thing!
As for me, I have been faithfully taking the Omega-3 Concentrate from Herbs of Gold which contains Golden Omega fish oil, considered the best quality fish oil in the world. Most importantly though, it is odourless... yes, no fishy odour!
Omega-3 Concentrate helps maintain heart health and a healthy cardiovascular system, support healthy eye function as DHA is an important structural component of the eye retina, as well as provides temporary pain relief for rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis too!
Also, when it comes to our children's health, building healthy bones by adopting healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits early in childhood is paramount in preventing osteoporosis and fractures later in life. The bone mass attained in childhood and adolescence is an important determinant of lifelong skeletal health, so neglecting bone health is far more likely to lead to brittle bones. So calcium care for kids also comes in the form of Herbs of Gold's Children's Calci Care too!
Children's Calci Care is a specially formulated calcium supplement to strengthen bone and tissue for children and comes in a delicious strawberry-vanilla flavoured chewable tablet with tooth-friendly xylitol, providing calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D for healthy growing bones. Children aged 2-8 years are required to chew 1 tablet daily while those aged between 9 and 13 years chew 2 tablets daily.
The thing is, it may be inevitable that our joints are going to wear out to a certain extent as we age, leading to inflammation and pain in some individuals in the form of arthritis. Fortunately though, specific nutrition can prevent bone brittleness and provide joint relief by protecting cartilage, reducing inflammation, replenishing surrounding joint tissues and increasing bone strength.
All these, so that I can still run after my monkies in the years ahead!
But don’t take my word for it – try it out for yourself! Herbs of Gold is giving EIGHT of our cheekiemonkie readers the chance to each win a bottle of Herbs of Gold Calcium K2 90s’s with Vitamin D and Glucosamine MAX 90’s worth $152.80 in all!
To participate, simply complete the following steps:
1. Like Herb of Gold Singapore's Facebook page.
2. Send a PRIVATE MESSAGE to Heart of Gold Singapore and let them know why do you wish to try Herbs of Gold Calcium K2 with Vitamin D and Glucosamine MAX. Be sure to include the code “cheekiemonkies” together with your message.
Giveaway is open to all residents in Singapore and will close on 20 August 2015.
Herbs of Gold Calcium K2 with Vitamin D is retailing for $72.90/ 90 tablets, Herbs of Gold Glucosamine MAX is retaling for $79.90/ 90 tablets, Herbs of Gold Omega-3 Concentrate is retailing for $62.90/ 100 softgels and Herbs of Gold Children's Calci Care is retailing for $41/ 60 tablets. All are exclusively available at Guardian stores.