Osteocare® Original is the UK's no.1 bone health formula and has been scientifically developed on the basis of the very latest research to provide a rich source of calcium and co-factors including vitamin D which helps with the normal absorption of calcium by the body.
Osteocare® contains the preferred D3 form of Vitamin D. Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is the form of vitamin D that is produced by the skin on exposure to sunlight. D3 is the preferred form of vitamin D because it is the specific form made in the human body and therefore more effective than D2 which is found in some supplements.
Calcium plus co-factors
Osteocare® Original provides 100% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of calcium carefully combined with co-factors including vitamin D, zinc and magnesium which help to maintain normal bone health.
Calcium is important for everyone
Ensuring an adequate intake of calcium is vital for men and women of all ages, as evidence suggests that healthy practices early in life, including the adequate consumption of calcium and trace elements, contribute to normal bone health and optimal bone mineralisation. Peak bone mass, obtained during childhood and adolescent growth is known to be of major importance in maintaining bones later in life. The UK Department of Health recommends that people aged 65 years and over should take a daily supplement of 10mcg of vitamin D.
Calcium is vital for older women
Both sexes lose bone mass during their lifetime but after the menopause women usually lose bone mass much faster than men.
Postmenopausal women have an increased risk of bone loss for three reasons:
- Bone mineral content tends to be lower in women than in men
- Dietary calcium intake may decrease with age
- The rate of bone loss accelerates at menopause
Have difficulty swallowing tablets?
This Original formula is also available in a chewable tablet for those who have difficulty with swallowing tablets. Osteocare® Chewable provides the same levels of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and zinc which contribute to the maintenance of normal bone health. Getting enough calcium is especially important for men and women over 50, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and during and after the menopause.
Calcium intake guidelines
The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) recommends the following guidelines for calcium intake
|Age||Suggested daily calcium intake|
|0-12 months (non-breast-fed infants only)||525 mg|
|1-3 years||350 mg|
|4-6 years||450 mg|
|7-10 years||550 mg|
|11-18 years boys/girls||1000 / 800 mg|
|19+ years||700 mg|
|Pregnant woman||700 mg|
|Breastfeeding woman||700 + 550 mg|
|Based on the Department of Health Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition policy 1998.|
Based on scientific research
The Osteocare® formulation is based on the very latest international findings on the role of nutrients in normal bone health, as well as multiple large-scale scientific studies in the past 20 years.
Osteocare® is available in the UK from larger Boots, supermarkets and pharmacies, health stores including Holland and Barrett. Alternatively you can order online here.
Osteocare® Original Formula
|Nutritional Information||Average per 2 tablets||% EC RDA*|
|Vitamin D (as D3 400 IU)||10 µg||200|
|*RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance, µg = microgram
mg = milligram, IU = International Units, †United Statess Pharmacopeia
Directions for use
Two tablets daily (or one tablet twice daily), with a main meal. Swallow with water or a cold drink. Not to be chewed. Do not exceed the recommended intake.
|This product is blister packed to keep each tablet fresh by reducing exposure to the atmosphere.|
Osteocare® can be taken for as long as required and can be taken with other products in the Vitabiotics range.
Osteocare® does not contain any drugs or hormones, and is produced to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards of quality control.
To prevent possible contamination with metals such as lead, oyster calcium and bone-dolomite have not been included in the Osteocare® formulation.
Osteocare® Original FAQ
Osteocare® is scientifically formulated, and developed by experts, and each ingredient is included on the basis of research evidence. Bone is living tissue and to help keep it healthy, you must have the right nutrients in your daily diet. Calcium contributes to the maintenance of normal bone health, along with vitamin D which contributes to normal absorption and utilisation of calcium in the body. Zinc and magnesium are also essential factors in helping to maintain normal bone health and unfortunately, many people, especially those cutting down on their dairy products, may not be getting all the calcium they need.[Top]
Research shows the earlier both men and women receive a good supply of these nutrients the better. Getting enough calcium is especially important:
For growing children
Throughout pregnancy & breast-feeding
During and after the menopause
For elderly men and women
For athletes, dancers and slimmers
Osteocare® is formulated for long-term use and can be taken for as long as required, and is also approved by The Vegetarian Society.[Top]
Osteocare® is a calcium combination supplement, specially formulated as a daily nutritional safeguard for men and women of all ages.[Top]
Generally, Osteocare® can be taken alongside medications because it contains only moderate levels of minerals and vitamin D. For specific advice on taking Osteocare® with medicines, we recommend that you contact your doctor or pharmacist first.[Top]
Osteocare® is available in both tablet, chewable tablet and liquid form. The liquid version is ideal for those who have difficulty swallowing tablets, and for younger children and infants over three years of age. Osteocare® tablets - Two tablets daily (or one tablet twice daily) is recommended before or with meals, with water or a cold drink. Swallow without chewing. Always ensure that Osteocare® is taken with plenty of liquid to wash down the tablet. We do not recommend chewing the tablets because they have not been formulated as chewable preparations. Chewable tablets usually include flavourings, sweeteners and/or added ingredients to help break the tablet up in the mouth. For a chewable tablet, please see Osteocare® Chewable.[Top]
Osteocare® is available in 30 tablet and 90 tablet packs. It is recommended to take two tablets per day.[Top]
Osteocare® has no known side effects when taken as directed. Do not exceed the recommended intake.[Top]
Osteocare® tablets contain the following active ingredients per two tablets: Calcium 800 mg; Magnesium 300 mg; Zinc 10 mg; and Vitamin D3 (400 IU) 10 µg; Selenium 50 µg; Copper 1mg; Manganese 0.5 mg; and Boron 0.6 mg. Osteocare® tablets are free from artificial colourings, preservatives, gluten, fat, sugar, lactose, salt and yeast.[Top]
For those people who experience difficulty swallowing tablets, are there any tips or recommendations to help ease swallowing Osteocare® tablets?
In general calcium supplement tablets do tend to be larger than other pharmaceutical preparations. The Osteocare® tablets have been specially designed with an oval, streamlined, easy to swallow shape. However, if you do have difficulty swallowing, the same formula is available in a chewable tablet form. Osteocare® is also available in a pleasant smooth, orange tasting liquid form.[Top]
The calcium in Osteocare® is in the form of calcium carbonate, which provides the highest concentration of elemental calcium possible in a supplement. This means that Osteocare® can provide the full RDA of calcium and other minerals without the need to take lots of tablets. The calcium carbonate used is of high pharmaceutical grade from a natural source. To prevent possible contamination with metals such as lead, oyster calcium and bone-dolomite have not been included in the Osteocare® formulation.[Top]
It is important to select a calcium supplement which includes calcium in combination with other synergistic co-factors such as magnesium, as can be found in Osteocare®. The presence of the mineral magnesium, as well as contributing to the maintenance of normal bones, also contributes to normal protein synthesis and electrolyte balance.[Top]
Osteocare® tablets are tested to ensure the correct disintegration and dissolution profiles. Strict pharmaceutical disintegration tests, under the same comparative acidic conditions of the stomach, have shown the tablets to disintegrate between 6 to 15 mins (on average). Once the tablets have disintegrated the nutrients in tablet form will be absorbed at approximately the same rate as the liquid version.[Top]
Osteocare® has been carefully formulated so that it can be used in combination with any other product in Vitabiotics® multivitamin and mineral product range, or other food supplements such as garlic, fish oil etc. However, for maximum results we recommend Osteocare® is taken at a separate time of the day, at least an hour apart from your main Vitabiotics® multivitamin supplement.[Top]
Difficulty in swallowing tablets is quite a common experience. Vitabiotics have researched this extensively, trying different methods, and hope that our tips will help you swallow tablets with ease.
The usual advice for those who have difficulty in swallowing tablets, is to break the tablets into 2-3 pieces, before swallowing with plenty of liquid. For capsules (which contain liquid), and in cases where people have more difficulty in swallowing tablets we recommend after chewing some food (e.g. banana), just before you swallow, pop the tablet into your mouth and swallow it together with the chewed food, followed by some liquid. The throat opens up wider automatically to swallow the chewed food and hence the tablet should go down with greater ease. Alternatively the tablets or capsules may be swallowed with thicker liquids such as yoghurts or smoothies. We hope these tips are of help.[Top]
Certain vitamins are very safe at levels tens or even hundreds of times the RDA, whereas for others the safety level is much closer to the RDA. For this reason every vitamin and mineral needs to considered on an individual basis in terms of its upper safe level.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is the amount of a vitamin or mineral which has been calculated to help prevent basic deficiency states in the general population. However, certain vitamins and minerals at optimal levels, above the RDA, have consistently been shown to have positive benefits in specific areas of health. This is why some Vitabiotics formulas have certain nutrient levels greater than 100% RDA.
All Vitabiotics products has been developed using the latest research and contain effective levels of vitamins and minerals, while avoiding any excessive amounts, in accordance with official upper safe limits for vitamins and minerals.
Vitabiotics avoids 'mega dose’ levels of isolated nutrients and instead we have always stressed the importance of safe, moderate and sensible levels of vitamins and minerals, carefully balanced to maximise their combined effect; an approach which has been supported by many experts and researchers over the years.[Top]
"Wonderful product for vegetarians and the liquid is great to drink. Thanks :)"
Miss C C, Singapore, Singapore
"My mother is now 80 and has needed joint support for over 10 years. About 5 years ago I started sending her Vitabiotics Jointace plus Osteocare. She recently had another round of tests and the specialists were astounded to find that her bone health is completely normal for a woman of her age!"
Mr S L, London, United Kingdom
"I have been taking 'Wellwoman Original' and 'Osteocare-Original' tablets ( at different intervals of the day) for the last 6 months. These tablets have really made a tremendous difference to my life and i have great energy levels and sense of overall wellbeing. I am very grateful to Vitabiotics for such a great range of quality products. "
Miss S H, London, United Kingdom
"I have being giving my daughter who is at the moment 3 years old now Osteocare for almost a year now and I can't believe what a difference it has made on her. She has grown quite a bit, as Osteocare provides nearly all her daily intake of calcium, plus on top of the amount of milk she has. Definitley the best thing I could have ever bought for her..."
Mrs Marie Goldwyn, Brighton, United Kingdom
"This product is GREAT!"
Mr Harpreet Singh, London, United Kingdom
"I bought Osteocare Liquid formula for my daughter from vitabiotics.com a while back, I was really pleased with it, definitely a great buy, it was so fantastic the next month I bought 5 bottles. It tasted great for all big and small kids. I am so glad that I joined Vitabiotics and my best buy is definitely the Osteocare Liquid Formula."
Ms Zaidah Parweyn, London, United Kingdom