A Scientific Approach to Building Better Bones

Richard Passwater, Jr.

Bone Support

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Do you remember the days not so long ago that the only recommended solution to bone loss was “Take more calcium”? Doctors routinely told women to increase calcium to 1200 mg to 1500 mg. per day. They were also told to just take cheap calcium carbonite because the form of calcium was unimportant. Millions of women did just that only to discover that it did not build healthier bones. Bone loss continued for women who relied on that advice.

There was never any consideration for the multitude of other nutrients that are necessary for healthy bone support. It’s not so much that we didn’t have the understanding that we now have about the important roles these other nutrients play, it is the certainty that doctors prescribed the calcium solution as if it were settled science. Take more calcium was the mantra for decades. Problem is, it doesn’t work. The other problem is that we now know that too much calcium can be an issue.

Now we have a medical model that only wants to recommend the bisphosponate drugs as the solution the the osteoporosis crisis. The risks and side effects are seldom considered as cautions by doctors. These drugs are recommend for 5 years and then women must come off them. Then what? I’ve never met a woman who kn0ws what are the options after 5 years. This is a big concern.

The solution to building bones naturally is to take a comprehensive approach that includes some very specific nutrients. The challenge is to take all of these nutrients in the dosages required and in the forms that have been shown to produce results. We have done many shows on bone health and the nutrients needed. You can listen to those podcasts and you will have a great nutritional model to follow. In all cases, you should take the correct form of the nutrients in the recommended dosage. You need to take them consistently between bone density scans. If you commit to doing all of the right things you will have the best chance for success.

One of the most significant nutrient for bone health is orthosilicic acid, sold as BioSil. BioSil is a form of silica that has been shown through clinical studies to increase the bodies production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that forms the framework for bones. Collagen provides for flexibility and calcium provides the strength. Bones should be strong and flexible, which helps bone withstand stress. Increasing collagen throughout the body can improve structure throughout the body. BioSil has also been clinically shown to support skin, hair and nails. You can learn more in my previous interviews with Richard Passwater Jr.

In this interview with Richard Passwater you will learn about the clinical science with BioSil and bone strength. BioSil has shown these benefits in clinical studies:

  • BioSil_AwardBioSil increases collagen formation at both 6 months and 12 months.
  • BioSil increases bone mineral density at the hip in 12 months.
  • BioSil has been shown to grow new bone, not just slow bone loss.
  • BioSil has been shown to improve hair, skin and nails.

My own speculation is that BioSil would be useful throughout the body because it is the central protein that holds our cells together. Improvments in the collagen in hair, skin, bone and nails would suggest to me that BioSil is likely beneficial everywhere collagen exists in the body.

We will also discuss some of the other nutrients that support bone health. What the science has revealed about building bone health is that it is not only about the amount of calcium. We now know that too much calcium is detrimental. We have learned that bone health is a complex interplay of many nutrients which each have a unique role. We will discuss some of those nutrients such as vitamin K-2.

So how can women have confidence that a nutritional program is likely to help? We now know more calcium is not the answer, so what is the solution. There are three things I will suggest:

  1. Explore the science of bone health and the various nutrients that have been shown to offer benefit. Building healthy bone comes from the multiple effects of multiple nutrients. These include vitamin D-3, vitamin K-2, Strontium, BioSil and various others. Listen to our other interviews with experts on osteoporosis.
  2. Listen to the experience of others. My wife is a great example. At age 56 it was recommended that she take one of the bone building drugs. We rejected that option and she began an intensive bone building program. After 7 years her bone density increased by 7 percent. You can hear her story here. You should also listen to my interview with Laura Pizzorno. Her book documents her success with building bone successfully with intensive nutritional support. One can build bone, even in their 60’s as these women did.
  3. You have to be consistent. You have to commit to a variety of nutrients for at least a year or two between bone density scans. You should commit to using the clinically studied forms of nutrients such as BioSil. Use the studied nutrients in the studied doses. Each nutrient is different and it is the additive effect of one nutrient with another that will give you the best success.  Be sure to include BioSil.

To learn about these other benefits, listen to my previous interviews with Richard Passwater Jr.

To learn more go the the manufacturer’s website

Christie_BrinkleyFYI: Supermodel Christie Brinkley has used BioSil personally and has now written about it in her new beauty book. This is a case where she is a big fan of BioSil. It never hurts to  have someone like Christie Brinkley love your product. “I take BioSil every day, and I’m simply amazed at the results I see on my skin, hair, and nails. I never miss a day. Seriously!” Christie Brinkley. Read more of what Christie has to say about BioSil here.


About Richard Passwater
Richard Passwater, Jr., works for Bio Minerals NV, the Belgian dietary supplement manufacturer of BioSil.  Over the past 22 years, Richard has held a variety of technical, sales and quality control positions in the dietary supplement industry and has written over 90 articles, co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific studies and is a co-inventor of three patents. He frequently discusses collagen related topics in various venues around the world.Natural Factors



Be aware, not all broccoli supplements are created equal.

Anthony ThomasImmune SupportAs you know, I am all about the science. It is through the scientific inquiry that we learn how and why things work. I am not a scientist and at some point my understanding disappears. But I do have some fundamental knowledge and I have a curiosity and respect for the science that makes me want to understand more. And then to share that with you.

So why do we pay attention to the science? It is through scientific inquiry that we begin to understand the what and how of nutrition. We desire to learn what molecules and compounds do in the body. We want to learn how to deliver concentrated compounds that will maximize the benefit. It is only through science that we can have confidence in our understanding.



This interview is very interesting on several levels. This is the first time to explore this topic here on HealthQuestPodcast. We have all heard about the value of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli but what do we really know? This is also a good example of how a beneficial nutrient is developed. Anthony is a research scientist and he communicates like a scientist and that can make it a little challenging. That is why I have highlighted some of the terms you are going to hear. It is likely you are not familiar with some of the nutritional compounds he discusses.

It is also interesting because it is a good example of the restrictions that are placed on supplement manufacturers. Supplement makers CANNOT discuss nutrients as treatments, prevention or cures for disease. We can only speak to the structure and function in the body. And while this is the actual way things work in the body, it makes it hard to explain the ultimate benefit. Especially when those nutrients are being studied and used to “treat disease”. So as a consumer it is important for you to learn the language of nutritional benefits so you can better understand how the amazing nutrients can benefit you. That’s another reason for you to explore and become familiar with the science. PubMedYou can begin by searching “sulforaphane” at PubMed. I found almost 1400 studies. Here is a link to one of those abstracts that will give you a sense of the scientific inquiry.

About Sulforaphane (excerpt from
Cruciferous vegetables (Brassica oleracea spp.), such as broccoli, are associated with antioxidant and cellular protection in part because they are sources of sulforaphane glucosinolate (precursor nutrient) and myrosinase (enzyme) which together produce sulforaphane (a powerful, beneficial phytochemical). In extensive studies, sulforaphane has been demonstrated to be a potent inducer of Phase 2 detoxifying enzymes and to be a protector of DNA.

When metabolized to its isothiocyanate form known as sulforaphane, the compound boosts the activities of the Phase 2 enzymes and also boosts the level of thioredoxin, an enzyme that – among other things – protects retinal cells of the eye against various types of oxidative attack. The Phase 2 enzymes activated by sulforaphane may remain active as antioxidants in the tissues for up to three days.

Benefits of sulforaphane

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    Sulfur-containing compound in broccoli responsible for many of its health benefits

  • Generally regarded as the most potent inducer of cellular antioxidant defense and detoxification enzymes, thus serving as an indirect, long-acting antioxidant
  • Increases levels of glutathione, primary endogenous antioxidant critical to cellular protection from free radicals/toxins, many cellular reactions, DNA repair, and maintenance of exogenous antioxidants in reduced forms (e.g., vitamins C and E)
  • Broad anti-inflammatory activity via directly inhibiting the production of many pro-inflammatory mediators (e.g., cytokines) and indirectly via induction of antioxidant/detoxification enzymes
  • Supports blood pressure and cardiovascular health
  • Is a liver detoxicant
  • Is active in the area of gastric health, including supporting healthy stomach acid levels
  • Promotes normal, healthful inflammatory responses, including the suppression of COX-2, the activation of antioxidant enzymes, and modulation of cytokine production
  • Enhances the regulation of cellular integrity
  • Inhibits Advanced Glycation End (A.G.E) product-induced damage by reducing expression of a receptor for A.G.E products. (end excerpt)

I encourage you to do some research. There is no shortage of information available for your consideration. If you are convinced that this is a nutrient you want to take then you must compare products in the marketplace. I have seen cheap products with low potency and no clinical science. In this interview we will introduce you to a broccoli supplement of the highest quality.

BroccoMaxAfter this interview you will understand much more about the benefits of sulforaphane. You will also understand why eating broccoli will not give you the higher levels of sulforaphane needed. You will learn that it is actually the broccoli sprouts that are the best source. You will also learn why making a broccoli supplement is not as easy as it sounds. Broccoli products are not created equal. This interview will help you understand the distinctions between products and what is necessary to create a safe, beneficial and effective product.

The product we will discuss is BroccoMax by Jarrow Formulas. This is the best broccoli product I have found and it comes from a company with exceptional commitment to quality and science. Jarrow Formulas is highly respected in the natural products industry. It is another company that you can trust.

About Anthony Thomas
Anthony Thomas, Ph.D. earned his B.A. in Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetics from California State University Northridge, his doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center.  His primary research interests (via both pre-clinical and clinical studies) have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors (i.e., physical activity, circadian disruption) on the pathogenesis of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.  He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and has served as a referee with relevant expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for multiple scientific journals.

About Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow FormulasJarrow Formulas, which is based in Los Angeles, California, USA, is a formulator and supplier of superior nutritional supplements. The company was founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1988. Today it markets its products in the United States, Mexico, Canada and throughout the world.

The company is active in monitoring governmental regulatory affairs, which affect the nutritional industry. It also vigorously promotes the rights of Americans to free access to dietary supplements. Jarrow Formulas funds research studies on important nutritional products such as CoQ10, to ensure that customers receive the full biological value of these products.


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