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Learn more about bone health and MBP®

Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles, and storing calcium. Strong, healthy bones give us the mobility and the means to enjoy life. While it's particularly important to take steps to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too.

Why is bone health important?

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Bones are constantly being remodeled, where new bone is made and old bone is broken down. When you're young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, and your bone mass increases. Our bodies reach peak bone mass at around age 30. After that, bone remodeling continues, but breaks down bone faster than it makes new bone and you lose slightly more bone mass than you gain. The higher your peak bone mass, the more bone you have "in the bank" and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age. So, it's never too early to start caring for your bones.

What affects bone health?

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A number of factors can affect bone health including the amount of calcium in your diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use, gender, size, age, race, family history, hormone level, and certain medications.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to build strong, healthy bones for life:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
    • Include plenty of calcium in your diet. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, almonds, broccoli, kale, canned salmon with bones, sardines, and soy products, such as tofu.
    • Pay attention to vitamin D. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Food sources of vitamin D include oily fish, such as tuna and sardines, egg yolks, and fortified milk. Sunlight also makes it possible for the body to produce its own vitamin D.

  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, tennis, and climbing stairs, can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss.

  • Avoid substance abuse. Don't smoke and avoid drinking more than two alcoholic drinks a day.

  • Supplement with MBP® to help you build strong, healthy bones for life.*

MBP® Science


Scientists in Japan conducted placebo controlled studies and determined that MBP®, a newly discovered protein complex from milk, promotes bone density in just six months in both young and menopausal women. Preliminary research also supports beneficial effects on bone in men. The studies used just 40 mg MBP® daily, the same dose that is available in one capsule of MBP® Bone Renew™ and in one serving of MBP® Osteo. The subjects in the studies did not take any calcium supplements, suggesting that MBP® actually encourages our bodies to use the calcium we get from our food for bone building.*

  • In healthy menopausal women, the mean gain in lumbar spine bone density was significantly higher in the group receiving MBP® (1.21%) than in the placebo group (-.66%).1
  • In healthy young women, MBP® also resulted in significantly higher mean gain in lumbar spine bone density (1.57%) compared to placebo (.13%).2
  • In healthy adult women receiving MBP®, the gain in the left calcaneus (heel) bone density over 6 months was 70% more than in those receiving placebo.3
  • In healthy adult men, a short-term study showed that MBP® supplementation increased a marker of bone formation and lowered a marker of bone breakdown, further evidence of its ability to support healthy bone renewal.4*

1 Aoe, S, Koyama, T., Toba, Y., Itabashi, A., & Takada, Y. (2005). Osteoporosis International: A Journal Established as a Result of Cooperation Between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, 16(12), 2123-2128. doi:10.1007/s00198-005-2012-3

2 Uenishi, K., Ishida, H., Toba, Y., Itabashi, A., & Takada, Y. (2007). Osteoporosis International: A Journal Established as a Result of Cooperation Between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, 18:385-390. doi:10.1007/s00198-006-0228-5

3 Aoe, S., Toba, Y., Yamamura, J., Kawakami, H., Masatoshi, Y., et.al. (2001), Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 65(4), 913-918.

4 Toba, Y., Takada, Y., Matsuoka, Y., Morita, Y., Motouri, M., Hirai, T., Suguri, T., et al. (2001). Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 65(6), 1353-1357

MBP® is a U.S. registered trademark of MEGMILK SNOW BRAND, Ltd., and is protected under multiple U.S. patents
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.