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The importance of Bone Health




According to research, not all calcium ingested is absorbed by our bodies.  Sodium in salty food can cause bone loss, while regular consumption of caffeine in coffee, tea and soft drinks decreases our ability to absorb the nutrient.  Also, shying away from the sunlight, although good for our skin, does also shield us from much needed vitamin D that is essential for calcium absorption.  So, what can we do to build stronger bones?

We speak to Joanne Todd, Nutritionist and Mobility Advocate, Fonterra and learn how building stronger bones is possible with Anlene.

At what age do women become prone to issues caused by lack of calcium and, when should we add Anlene to our diet?

It is important to take care of our bones throughout life to prevent issues in later life. Women above 50 are more prone to experience health issues due to lack of calcium due to the decline in estrogen, a hormone that protects bones, which decreases sharply during menopause. Women can also lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in 5 to 7 years after menopause. Getting enough calcium is important regardless of age as it plays a critical role to support the remodeling process of replacing old bone cells with new ones.

ANLENE has been specially formulated to meet the daily calcium needs of both young adults (ANLENE Regular for 19 years old and up) and older adults (ANLENE Gold for 50 years old and up) in 2 servings per day. It can be safely consumed by adolescents as they also need calcium, vitamin D and other bone nutrients.

For children younger than 12 years old, we would recommend a milk more suitable for them. ANLENE is fortified with high levels of essential bone nutrients, it can exceed children’s daily requirement. They can still consume ANLENE but in moderation.

If women have suffered bone issues and health problems linked to low calcium intake, can adding Anlene correct these problems and how soon would one reap the benefits of Anlene?

Women that are suffering from bone issues and health problems linked to low calcium intake can include ANLENE in their diet. However, advice should always be sought from a healthcare professional. The new ANLENE BoneMax is formulated with FOS Inulin to improve calcium absorption. It also contains twice the calcium of regular milk and nutrients such as vitamin D, magnesium, zinc and protein. Women can then very quickly reap the benefits of having adequate calcium intakes to help prevent further problems.

Unfortunately there is no treatment for osteoporosis, and so it is critical that adequate calcium is consumed throughout life, together with maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

I don’t like full fat milk, is ANLENE available in a low fat version?

ANLENE is low fat and it is available as low fat milk powder, or low fat UHT (Anlene Concentrate). It has been formulated to especially support bone health, and so people should choose the version which they enjoy drinking the most.

As well as adding Anlene to our daily diet, how important is leading a healthy lifestyle and keeping mobile? What are some key ways to stay healthy and mobile?

Leading a healthy lifestyle such as having calcium-rich diet and exercising is important to prevent osteoporosis. Exercising regularly is vital to build muscle strength, strengthen bones, prevent falls, protect the spine, and slow the rate of bone loss.

Staying active and exercising works on bones much like it works on muscles — by making them stronger. When you exercise regularly, your bone adapts by building more cells and becomes denser.

All forms of exercise are good for your bones, but of course, you must do things in moderation. You can also mix or combine these three different types of exercise useful to improve one’s bone health: weight-bearing, resistance and flexibility exercise.

  • Weight-bearing exercises helps you to work against gravity such as weight training, hiking, walking, jogging, climbing stairs, tennis and dancing;
  • Resistance exercise helps by working against the weight of another object like resistance tubing.
  • Flexibility exercise builds flexible joints to prevent injury like regular stretches, tai chi and yoga.

Is Anlene safe during pregnancy? Is there any study to show babies have stronger bones linked to mothers taking Anlene during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding?

The new ANLENE BoneMax is safe for pregnant women. However, it is important for pregnant women to take other essential nutrients such as folic acid and iron to support her pregnancy. We would recommend Anmum Materna, which is specially formulated for pregnant women, and is also high in calcium.


Thank you to our expert in helping us produce this very informative article, thank you Joanne Todd, Nutritionist and Mobility Advocate, Fonterra

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ANLENE BoneMax is now available at all leading hypermarkets and supermarkets nationwide.

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