What is TruCal®?
TruCal® is a calcium source that offers more than just calcium. Made from milk, TruCal® is a pure food source of bone health nutrients with seven key minerals optimally balanced for bone support. This milk mineral complex contains calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium along with the trace minerals zinc, copper, and iron.
Milk is the ideal source of minerals for building strong bones since it contains these minerals in similar proportions to those naturally found in bone:
Mineral Composition of Bone vs. TruCal®
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Why Bones Require a Balance of Minerals
While calcium is essential in providing strength and structure to bones, calcium is not the only mineral involved in keeping bones healthy. Like calcium, phosphorous and magnesium in the body are primarily stored in the bones. Phosphorous is crucial for bone growth and mineralization, whereas magnesium is necessary for the proper utilization of vitamin D and calcium to maintain bone density.
Potassium has more recently been discovered to also play an essential role in supporting bone density. In addition, tiny amounts of the trace minerals zinc and copper are needed for bone maintenance. The proper amount of iron is also a key factor in bone health due to its role in maintaining bone homeostasis.
TruCal® Supports a Lifetime of Bone Health
Most of our bone production occurs during childhood, making this an important time to ensure adequate consumption of the key bone health nutrients. Peak bone is achieved at around age thirty. After this time, bones begin to slowly lose mass, with the rate increasing for women at menopause due to a change in estrogen levels.
Sufficient intake of bone health nutrients throughout life can minimize the risk of bone loss and fracture later on. Unlike traditional calcium sources—such as calcium carbonate and TCP—TruCal® provides the full range of minerals needed to support healthy bones for life.
Fortunately, consumers understand the importance of keeping bones strong and healthy. They also associate milk with bone health, making TruCal® especially appealing. As a natural, clean label ingredient made from a wholesome food consumers trust, milk derived TruCal® is ideal for a wide range of applications, including:
- Tablets and capsules
- Powder drink mixes
- Ready-to-drink beverages
- Bars and snacks
- Yogurts and cheeses
Fortifying with a balanced milk mineral complex that provides complete bone support (rather than just calcium) is a way to make your product stand out to consumers. TruCal®’s seven essential bone health minerals work together to build and maintain strong bones at any age.
To learn about the research behind TruCal® and explore using TruCal® in your products, contact us.