Questions About OsteoPhase And Kidney Stones


Faced with the prospect of having some major dental work done and having been on Fosamax for three years without any results in the improvement of bone density, I stopped taking Fosamax and went on Osteophase. I have been taking 4 tablets a day for the last 9 months and my bone density test has improved.  Last year while on Fosamax,  it was .306 with a T-Score of 2.5.  This year it is .338 with a T- score of 2.2.  My doctor said it’s not a great improvement, but nevertheless an improvement.

While my doctor may not be very thrilled with the results, I am.  However, I do have a few other questions.  Other than the prospect  of near future dental work, I have always been prone to kidney stones. It seems as though all the calcium the good doctors were  recommending were ending up in the wrong place! The amount of  calcium I am supplementing with Osteophase is 240 mg which is in my one a day vitamin supplement.   My question is: Is this enough?  By the way, D-3 is also in my daily vitamin which is 400 I.U.  I also augment the D-3 with an additional 400 I.U. every day.

I obviously trust your good judgment since Osteophase appears to be working for me, but would like to know if I’m supplementing the  right doses of calcium and D-3 for my particular proneness to kidney stones. I look forward to your reply.


Dear Ms. D,

Your improvement in bone density while taking OsteoPhase is actually  very significant, especially since men and women typically lose 1-3%  of their bone density per year. You can switch to taking 2 capsules per day of OsteoPhase and expect to see continued benefit. Since your bone density has increased, there is no need to add more supplemental calcium and 800 IU of D-3 per day is an excellent amount of that vitamin.

Be sure to include weight bearing exercise in your natural program– walking up and down stairs or hills is excellent. And, get adequate amounts of protein in your diet, as bone and muscle growth require good protein.

We think that taking OsteoPhase will help prevent kidney stones by helping to properly regulate calcium. However, there are a few more things you might consider per the two attached articles below.

With regards,
John Steinke, L.Ac.
Product Specialist
Tango Advanced Nutrition

I want to thank you for replying to my e-mail and appreciate your answering my questions. Also, the two articles are very helpful.  “An apple a day” sounds like the perfect addition to my diet.  I am slim, and adhere to an almost vegetarian type of diet, with the exception of fish and occasional chicken without fat. I’m not a big fruit eater, but I’m working on it — the apple sounds perfect.

The next part of my “healthy living” will be to supplement my diet with Cardio Phase.  My recent blood test showed my triglycerides to be 255, but the LDL is 161.  Isn’t a high LDL good? Despite the 255?  My family history on my mothers side (father’s unknown) is similar and they all lived (some still living) to be in their 90’s. However, I suppose it would be good to lower the triglycerides. I do take fish oil and have just started on an oil that is a 3-6-9 blend of omega fatty acids.  Do you think taking Cardio Phase would be a good augmentation to this?

Your feedback would be most appreciated.

Dear D,
Actually we have a better formula for blood circulation, including triglycerides and cholesterol. I recommend that you take Vital Cell rather than CardioPhase. CardioPhase is intended to strengthen the heart muscle, while Vital Cell is for improving the quality of the blood. Additionally, Vital Cell will support OsteoPhase in building bone density.

Sincerely yours,
John Steinke, L.Ac.
Product Specialist
Tango Advanced Nutrition


  1. hi,
    can you email me the articles you emailed this person abou building the bone density. i am a quad need to take calcium and such for bone building. i was taking a multi vitamin from gnc that was ultra mega bone density, but it has iron and im supossed to take it 4x’s. but it makes me constpated. would this be better for me?? thanks, denyse

  2. Dear Denyse,
    The articles on building bone density are all on the website,
    Once at the website, just type in osteoporosis or OsteoPhase in the search engine and it will find the articles for you. As to your multi, we recommend a maximum of 600 mg. of calcium per day when you are also taking OsteoPhase.
    John Steinke, L.Ac.

  3. I have just taken a bone density test and received the following test results from my doctor: Lumbar Spine = T-score of -3.1
    Left Hip = T-score of -1.6
    My doctor has suggested Fosamax, Actonel or Boniva. I am dead set against taking any of these drugs. Do you think OsteoPhase will help me? I am currently taking GNC Multi-Vitamins for Women over 50. I exercise at least 3 times per week at the local YMCA. I am 61 years old and am very active and healthy —aside from my T-scores above.
    Please advise.

  4. While your hip t-scores show osteopenia and really little fracture risk, your lumbar spine t-score does show you have significant fracture risk at a relatively young age to have this much bone loss at that location. OsteoPhase is certainly recommended to support bone health and growth, usually at 2 capsules, 2 times per day with a t-score that low. You would have to take the supplement consistently for a year before a follow up bone density test to see if it helps improve your spine scores. Also note that 80% of your fracture risk comes from poor balance and falls, so keep up your exercise, especially leg strength.

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