Bone meal is a natural ingredient commonly found in diet pills. Though this may be the name by which it is identified on a product package, it is also commonly known by several other names such as: calcium acetate, calcium chelate, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, dicalcium phosphate, dolomite, MCHC, microcrystalline hydroxyapatite, poudre d’os or many others.
As you may guess from some of the other names by which bone meal is often labeled, it is typically chosen for the calcium it contains. Calcium is a mineral which is critical to the formation and maintenance of bones, teeth and other parts of the body. The nerves, heart and the entire blood-clotting system requires the consumption of calcium in order to function properly.
That said, bone meal’s calcium is often used for the treatment of a number of conditions. Typically speaking – as can be assumed – they have to do with overcoming deficiencies or low levels of the mineral in the body. It can also be important in the treatment of rickets, which is a condition in which the bones become softened.
Some people also use bone meal to manage premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, pregnancy related leg cramps, pregnancy related high blood pressure, and for the reduction of rectal and colon cancers.
It is also often used for additional reasons such as high cholesterol, easing intestinal bypass surgery complications, to reduce symptoms of heartburn, to manage Lyme disease and to promote weight loss.
While the calcium in bone meal is often considered to be effective in helping to overcome issues related to low calcium levels in the body, it is not necessarily proven to work for many of the other reasons for which people take it. The calcium carbonate form of the ingredient can be used for the treatment of heartburn and can be effective in mild to moderate cases.
That said, while there is some promising research to indicate that the calcium in bone meal may help to support weight loss, a great deal of additional research is still required. Furthermore, the research that has been conducted suggests that people who have healthy calcium levels in their bodies are less likely to gain excessive weight than those with healthy calcium levels. This doesn’t necessarily mean that by taking bone meal to restore calcium levels, the excess weight will be lost.
If you are considering the use of bone meal for medicinal purposes including to promote weight loss, it is a very good idea to speak with your doctor, first.