Although many foods provide various calcium salts, human and animal bones are the only natural source of calcium hydroxyapatite. Be aware that there is a synthetic form of calcium hydroxyapatite called calcium orthophosphate: this is not the same as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite complex (MCHC). The calcium found in MCHC from bone is not a salt or a chelate form; it is elemental calcium woven into the complex of other minerals and proteins that make up bone such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, zinc, trace minerals, collagen, osteocalcin and other proteins that function as bone growth factors. To preserve its full spectrum of nutrients and minerals, the bone extract needs to be processed at very low temperatures.
The benefits of MCHC are due not only to its calcium content, but also to the growth factors, peptides, mucopolysaccharides and other minerals and micronutrients that work together to target bone-maintaining and building processes. Therefore, MCHC is not just a calcium source but an almost-complete bone-building supplement in itself.
However, it is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans as it is sourced from animal bones. The highest quality MCHC is sourced from New Zealand since they have best farming practices and have never had an incidence of BSE (mad cow disease).
- Country of origin: New Zealand
- Starting material: Selected bone from free-range cattle
- Solvent for extraction: None used
- Stored form: Free-flowing creamy white powder