Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Review: Citracal Calcium plus Heart Health

Recently, I saw a post on the Product Review Place, asking for reviewers of a new Citracal product, Citracal Calcium plus Heart Health. I was immediately interested, because I come from a family with a strong history of heart problems on one side, and osteoporosis on the other side.  So both bone health and heart health are big areas of concern for me. 

According to the literature that I received from Citracal, more than 8 million American women have osteoporosis, which will lead to one of every two women having a osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime.  In addition to those scary statistics, more than 50 million women have blood cholesterol levels that are high enough to pose a risk for heart disease.  Also, an article by the American Heart Association shows that there may be an association between high blood cholesterol and osteoporosis.

In addition to testing out the supplement for myself (they're nice, coated, easy-to-swallow pills!), I had the chance to talk with a dietician, Julie Upton about the issue of bone and heart health. She told me that a diet containing the recommended amount of plant sterols has been linked with a lowering of harmful cholesterol or LDL. These plant sterols are found in fruits and vegetables, but the average American diet (mine included!) doesn't contain enough of these sterols.  This new Citracal contains 400 mg of phytosterols per serving, so when taking the recommended two servings per day, a person will get 800 mg phytosterols.  That's a big improvement over the average 250-300 mg that we get in our diets. In addition to the phytosterols, the Citracal Calcium plus Heart Health contains 1,260 mg calcium per daily dose, more than any other leading brand, and also contains vitamin D to support calcium absorption.

As scary as the statistics about heart disease and osteoporosis are, the truth is that these diseases are usually preventable and treatable, and it's never too late to make changes.  Eat a diet that's mainly plant-based, get three servings of dairy per day, get physical activity into your routine, do strength-training exercises, lose weight and stop smoking, and you'll be on the way to better heart and bone health.  And to fill in the gaps where your diet doesn't cover all the nutrients that you need to be getting, take a supplement like Citracal Calcium plus Heart Health to help your bones and your heart.  I plan to add these to my daily routine and will also be suggesting that my mom and my mother-in-law start taking them.  Take a minute and visit the website for lots more information on these supplements (and all the other supplements Citracal has to offer) and consider picking a bottle up the next time you're at the store.

Disclaimer: I was sent a sample of the Citracal Calcium plus Heart Health for this review. I was not compensated for this post in any way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.