Bone Health and Osteoporosis: OsteoMykon
OsteoMykon is a medicinal mushroom supplement designed and approved for maintaining bone health. It contains mushroom extracts of
- Grifola frondosa (maitake, hen of the woods),
- Lentinus edodes (shiitake),
- as well as vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).
One tablet of OsteoMykon contains 450 mg of active mushroom polysaccharides.
Scientific research has found that these edible and medicinal mushrooms help patients suffering from
- osteopenia (reduced bone density),
- osteoporosis (bone disease that reduces their density and makes them brittle),
- articular cartilage damage, and/or
- to preserve bone and cartilage health, and prevent future problems.
Studies have shown that maitake and shiitake extracts preserve bone density and strength, by reducing bone resorption and improving bone formation. Prof. Lindequist discovered the bone-protecting properties of some medicinal mushrooms in 2008.
UPDATE: The paper has been published in Issue 7/2016 of International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. (follow the link to read the abstract)
OsteoMykon was a direct result of our research. OsteoMykon
- is a pure, high-quality mushroom extract providing the concentration required for top performance. We extract a large quantity of mushrooms to get the active compounds, which exist only in thin cell walls.
- contains synergy-inducing proportions of active ingredients. As in previous research, the proper mix increases efficacy a lot.
Treatment of osteoporosis
Modern medicine treats osteoporosis with
- supplements of calcium, vitamin D3 and K,
- female hormone estrogen,
- strontium ranelate,
- cathepsin K monoclonal antibodies.
These drugs slow down bone loss, but contribute little to bone renewal. Their side effects are often unpleasant and even harmful, and they stop working after prolonged use.
Calcium, although used most often, is ineffective in women after menopause – the very population most affected by osteoporosis. Calcium supplements may even be harmful, because the body cannot absorb it fast enough. The surplus ends up in blood vessels, contributing to atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.[ii] Also, calcium may increase the risk of kidney stones and cause stomach problems. A well-balanced, healthy diet rich in calcium avoids this danger and provides the body with sufficient amount of this crucial element.
Who is at risk of osteoporosis and what can I do?
As the body ages, bone remodeling balance gets disturbed. Osteoporosis is a symptom-free (hidden) disease in which the bone formation cannot keep up with bone resorption. This results in bone density loss, which increases the danger of fractions (most often in the spine, hip and wrist). The bones may become so weak and brittle that they break when you bend or cough.
High-risk groups include
- women after menopause,
- older people of either gender,
- those lacking sufficient and/or adequate diet,
- lacking physical exercise,
- with a hereditary predisposition or family history.
Your body (with the help from vitamin D) uses calcium to maintain the bone strength and health. Calcium rich diet, important for bone health, includes:
- milk and dairy
- dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, turnips, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, leeks, algae)
- small oily fish and salmon
- nuts (esp. almonds) and dried fruits (esp. figs), avocado, legumes (esp. soy and white beans)
- foods fortified with calcium or vitamin D (e.g. fortified orange juice).
High-risk groups should moderate:
- salt intake (esp. from processed foods),
- caffeine intake (max. ~4 coffees a day; including tea and soft drinks amount),
- alcohol (moderate amounts are useful!),
- animal protein (essential, but avoid amounts over ~1.2 g/kg body weight),
- oxalates (found in spinach and Swiss chard; cook well to cut their amount).
Regular physical activity maintains bone density, bone strength, and can help prevent osteoporotic fractures. Weight bearing exercises are best, like:
- walking, hiking, dancing, stair-climbing
- strength/resistance training (body-weight, free weights, resistance tubing, water exercises)
- flexibility (stretching, yoga, Tai chi).
Be patient, determined and smart. People with osteopenia/osteoporosis already have a higher risk of fracture. Check with your doctor, do not rush, and avoid high-risk activities.
Doctors also recommend moderate exposure to sunlight, which is necessary for vitamin D synthesis.
Diet and exercise are important prevention for osteoporosis, and other bone, cartilage and joint diseases. But many alternative therapists will praise certain foods without real merit – attributing them the healing powers against osteoporosis, which they do not have.
Medicinal mushroom extract OsteoMykon by Myko San helps maintain bone and cartilage health. We recommend it for prevention and in treatment of osteoporosis and cartilage damage. With research backed effectiveness and free of side effects.
Medicinal mushrooms maitake and shiitake improve bone remodeling (bone resorption and formation) balance. Together with vitamin D3, they improve bone strength and sturdiness. Stronger bones reduce the risk of the most common first symptom of osteoporosis, i.e. bone fractures.
In osteoporotic patients, most common bone fractures occur in the hip, spine and forearm. They reduce the quality of life of older people, and some can even be fatal. Don’t be part of the statistic.
Take 1-2 tablets 3 times a day, with water. Each tablet weighs 550 mg.
Small package – 60 tablets – $19.99
Larger package – 180 tablets – $39.99
2. Drozd M, Witte K. Calcium supplementation in healthy subjects: benefits and risks. G Ital Nefrol. 2013; 30 (4) [back]