Reports on Supplements for Bone Health Containing Calcium and Vitamin D

-- Results Posted for 32 Supplements for Adults and Children

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK - announced test results today from its new Product Review of Supplements for Bone Health covering 32 adult and children's products containing calcium and vitamin D. Sales of calcium supplements in the U.S. were $993 million in 2004 according to Nutrition Business Journal, making them the most popular supplements after multivitamins. Calcium is needed to build and maintain strong bones, and vitamin D is necessary for enhancing calcium absorption. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can improve bone density and reduce hip fractures in post-menopausal women. Results recently published from the Women ' s Health Initiative suggest that benefits are greatest in women otherwise deficient in these nutrients and when use is continual.

Seven calcium-only products passed the review, as did eighteen calcium-vitamin D combination products. One combination product, however, failed the review due to lead levels -- containing more than twice the lead allowed by the State of California without a warning label. Six other combination products had the correct amount of calcium, but levels of vitamin D could not be accurately established.

Brands selected by for testing were Andrew Lessman Calcium Intensive Care (YourVitamins), Barefoot Coral Calcium Plus- (Bentley Hubbell International), Baywood Solutions. Cal-Mag FIZZ-, Citracal. (Mission Pharmacal), Coral Complex2- (Coral Inc.), Estroven. Calci-Fresh- Calcium Gum (Amerifit Nutrition, Inc.), Kaire Essentials, Viactiv (McNeil Nutritionals), Li'l Critters. Calcium Gummy Bears (Northwest Natural Products), Kids Rhino (Nutrition Now), and One-A-Day. Kids Scooby-Doo Plus Calcium (Bayer HealthCare), as well as products from Berkley & Jensen (BJ Wholesale Club), Doctor's Best, Lane Labs, LifeWise Naturals, Organika, Schiff, Standard Process, and Twinlab.

In addition to the products selected by for testing, twelve products are included in the report for passing the same testing through's Voluntary Certification Program. These products are from Enzymatic Therapy, Inc., GNC, Nature Made, Nature's Bounty, Nutrilite, Puritan's Pride, Sundown, and Vitamin World. Two other products from Vitamin World are also noted in the report for being identical to other products that passed testing.

The new report is available at The report provides results for each product, ingredient comparisons, extensive information on buying and using these supplements, and potential side effects. Reviews of other popular types of supplements are also available at New Reviews to be released in coming weeks will cover probiotics, garlic, melatonin, green tea, selenium, and lycopene supplements. is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. is affiliated with, an evaluator of online pharmacies, and, which reviews and rates Medicare Part D plans. Subscription to is available online. For group subscriptions or product testing contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at [email protected].

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