Puritans Pride Vitamins Are Sold Internationally
Puritans Pride Vitamins ships high quality vitamins internationally at prices that are highly competitive. It is worthwhile to shop around... as the savings can be significant.
The cost and quality of our vitamins are important as we may be taking supplements for thirty to forty years to protect our bone health. The claims of more expensive supplements are rarely supported by research-and generic supplements (if taken properly) may even provide a superior solution.
The purchase of vitamins online is often a LOT cheaper than purchasing at a local retail store. Puritans Pride vitamins are especially attractive because of their high quality at a competitive price.
Osteoporosis societies around the world are fairly consistent in recommending the following levels of minerals and vitamins for adults over fifty... even when we are taking prescription medication:
- 1,200-1,500 mg of calcium
- 1,000-2,000 IU of vitamin D (some experts recommend 5,000 IU)
- 120 mcg vitamin K
- 320 mg of magnesium (420 mg for men)
Getting all of these vitamins and minerals in two tablets a day is the simplest and most convenient way of acquiring the recommended intake... although additional vitamin D and vitamin K2 often provide a superior solution.
So let's see what is possible... in as simple a program as possible.
1. PURITANS PRIDE BONE BUILDER MEETS MOST REQUIREMENTS WITHIN TWO TABLETS
The Puritans Pride Vitamins Bone Builder supplement provides almost all of the recommended minerals and vitamins in two tablets for a cost of approximately $30 a year. This is a BIG SAVING compared to most other products on the market.
If your country prevents this product into the country (as is the case in Canada) it is likely due to trade barriers. Puritans Pride Vitamins meets the highest manufacturing standards and the ingredients of Bone Builder are readily available in most countries... but often at a much higher price.
This product is extraordinarily inexpensive for the quality that it offers. By comparison, the heavily marketed Caltrate products can be 5-7x more costly while failing to provide the recommended levels of vitamins and minerals.
2. YOU MAY BE VITAMIN D DEFICIENT
Vitamin D is essential for keeping calcium away from our arteries and getting it into our bones. In both Canada and the United States, research has shown that approximately 75% of people are vitamin D deficient for at least part of the year. The sun's ultraviolet rays are too weak to create vitamin D during the winter (north of Boston, Rome and Beijing) and our summer store of vitamin D becomes depleted in about 60 days. This may be why we are so vulnerable to colds and the flu in the winter.
Many vitamin D experts now recommend the following program for the prevention of osteoporosis as well as other diseases... for people living in northern climates:
- Late Fall and Winter: 5,000 IU
- Early Fall and Spring: 2,000 IU
- Summer: 15-20 minutes of sunshine mid-day
Whatever your vitamin D dosage, the best way to ensure that you are getting enough of this important vitamin (which is actually a hormone) is to have an annual blood test-preferably in the winter.
Strangely enough, Canada places an upper limit of 1,000 IU on vitamin D tablets... so we would have to take five tablets a day in the winter. I prefer to take buy a winter's supply of 5,000 IU gel tabs online, which costs about $7USD. Fortunately, importing the vitamins hasn't been a problem.
3. JAPAN DISCOVERED VITAMIN K2 OVER A DECADE AGO
If your country is like Canada, vitamin K2 is rarely mentioned and difficult to find despite widespread use in Japan and France. Vitamin K2 ensures that calcium stays in our bones and out of our arteries-similar to the benefits of vitamin D. Research has shown that vitamin K2 (in the form of MK-4 or MK-7) is also effective at reducing bone fractures and improving bone density.
The manufacturers of MK-7 claim that their supplements provide superior health benefits by remaining in the blood longer than MK-4. I have had some difficulty purchasing vitamin K2 online (except from Puritans Pride Vitamins) and so pay the premium for MK-7.
A year’s supply of 90 mcg Vitamin K2 (MK-7) will cost approximately $90.
***Note that people taking blood thinning drugs such as Coumadin and Warfarin should only take vitamin K2 under the direction of a doctor.
4. STRONTIUM! (Strontium Citrate-Not Strontium 90)
Research has shown that strontium can improve bone density 8%-14% when taken with sufficient calcium and vitamin D. Prescription strontium is available throughout Europe but strontium citrate strontium citrate may often be found within a health food store or may be purchased online. Strontium is best taken on an empty stomach and away from calcium supplements, as calcium can reduce the bioavailability of strontium by 60-70%.
A year’s supply of strontium citrate will cost approximately $100.
5. PROGESTERONE MAY BE PART OF YOUR PROGRAM
The 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) revealed that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) significantly increased the risk of cancer... but was great for the bones. Many experts believe that it was the progesterone in HRT that helped to protect the bones. In many countries, progesterone can be purchased with a prescription at a compounding pharmacist.
If you would like to view stories (successes and challenges) about purchasing generic supplements online... visit our VITAMINS FORUM.