Herbal supplement generates bone growth?

Related tags Bone health Osteoporosis

Natural Bio Care, the US subsidiary of Taiwan-based biotech firm
Sagittarius Life Science, has launched a bone health supplement
made entirely from organically produced Chinese herbs.

The product, called Young Bones, is designed to strengthen bones and reduce the pain and stiffness associated with aging and osteoporosis.

It contains herbs widely used in Chinese traditional medicine, including Rhizoma Drynariae, Largehead Atractylodes Rhizome, Dodder Seed​ and Lettuce Extracts​.

All are planted, grown, and harvested by Natural Bio Care in China under strict quality controls that meet Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) standards used by pharmaceutical and health food manufacturers.

Pilot studies in the US and Asia suggest that the new product may strengthen the functions of the kidneys, spleen and pancreas and assist in bone mass generation, which cumulatively help to combat osteoporosis and other bone diseases, claims the manufacturer.

In a study carried out last year by bone health specialist Dr Susan Brown through the Osteoporosis Education Project (OEP), a non-profit research and educational organization, subjects with excessive bone loss and other age-related conditions saw a 57 per cent reduction in overall pain, stiffness and mobility problems after 12 weeks, reports Natural BioCare. There was also a 67 per cent reduction in lower back pain.

The company also said that Young Bones may stimulate the formation of new bone cells, which in turn build new bone mass. Other bone health products, such as calcium supplements, slow bone loss but have not been shown to generate new bone mineral density.

More than 200 million people worldwide have some form of osteoporosis, a condition defined by a dramatic decrease in skeletal mass and poor bone quality that can often lead to debilitating bone fractures. Each year, 1.5 million broken bones in the US are associated with osteoporosis.

Natural BioCare said additional study results will be released this spring.

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