Friday, February 25, 2005

Calcium in the Trash, Not the Glass -- Beware of R.O. Filter System

This report subject is relevant here.

It made me think about the R.O. Filter System for the Home Drinking Water.

I used to have the R.O. System installed in my home, then later I found that the R.O. system actually filter off 6-8 Gallon of water to get one gallon of drinking water.

Also, the R.O. Filter system filtered off most of the trace minerals. including calcium.

So, my advise is that if possible don't use the R.O. filter for your Drinking Water system.

Otherwise you need to select the right supplements to replenish it for your Great Health.

Calcium in the Trash, Not the Glass
Thursday February 24, 12:00 pm ET
- Study Finds Fortified Drinks Don't Deliver What's Promised -

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Everything from soy to orange juice is fortified with calcium these days. But a new study recently published in Nutrition Today* finds that up to 75% of calcium added to popular beverages, like soy drinks and orange juice, gets left at the bottom of the carton. Researchers concluded that existing nutritional labels of these fortified drinks are likely to mislead consumers promising more calcium than they actually deliver.

"This study is really important for people who rely on these beverages to get their calcium every day," states Dr. Celia Brown, MD/Family Practitioner, Woodland Hills, CA. "These findings suggest that in doing so they may be throwing away more calcium than they actually drink."

The three-person medical panel at Creighton University who conducted the study found that -- despite vigorous shaking - -the calcium added to fortified soy and rice beverages settled to the bottom of the container. They concluded that regular hand shaking -- per label instructions -- was not enough to adequately suspend the bone-building nutrient so that it could be consumed. A hardware store paint shaker would be needed for that the researchers found.

Conducted by Creighton's Osteoporosis Research Center, the study compared 14 calcium-fortified beverages (soy, rice, orange juice, etc.) to unfortified, fat-free milk. Of all beverages studied, the research concludes that milk is the most reliable source of calcium.

"This study sheds light on an issue of great public concern as many Americans -- especially kids -- aren't developing adequate bone mass," says Brown.

Over the last 20 to 30 years, there's been a shift away from milk as the standard drink at meals. Government studies show an alarming 86% of teen girls and 64% of teen boys aren't getting enough calcium daily - lacking the equivalent of four glasses of milk per day.**

Research Highlights

- The quality of calcium-fortification in soy/rice beverages and orange
juice is uneven, and may confuse consumers as to the actual calcium
content and benefits.

- Milk scored higher than eight of the 10 orange juice brands and all
four of the soy and rice beverages.

- The study found that milk was the most reliable calcium source and
delivers what the label promises.***

About Dr. Celia Brown, M.D.

Dr. Celia Brown is a graduate of Cornell University, and UCLA Medical School. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She currently practices in Woodland Hills, California where she does general Family Medicine. Dr. Brown teaches on the UCLA clinical faculty. She is author of a book of general medical tips for the public, entitled, Doctor's Little Book of Answers.

For more information or a copy of the study contact:
Molly Ireland at 310-226-8600 or 310-455-1160
or e-mail at:

* Heaney, RP et al. Not all calcium fortified beverages are equal.
Nutrition Today. 2005; 40(1): pp-pp.


*** Scores compare calcium suspension in liquids.

Calcium in the Trash, Not the Glass

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