What are the active ingredients in lactical and
why do I need them?
lactical has been specially formulated by health experts as a nutritional safeguard for your bone health. It contains unique bone-
health minerals and vitamins; a combination of ingredients that are easily absorbed by your body. It is rich in milk minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus)
and, when combined with calcium carbonate, magnesium and vitamin D; helps your body absorb and use calcium effectively. Thus lactical contains two types of
What are the active ingredients in lactical
lactical dark contains unique bone-health minerals and vitamins. It is rich in calcium and magnesium; and when combined with
vitamins D & K, helps your body absorb and use calcium effectively.
What is the source of calcium used in
The calcium in lactical is in the form of calcium carbonate and calcium from milk. These two types of calcium provide the highest
concentration of elemental calcium possible in a supplement. This means that lactical can provide the full RDA of calcium and other minerals -magnesium- without
the need to take lots of disks. The calcium carbonate used is of high pharmaceutical grade from a natural source.
Why have vitamins D and K been formulated into
lactical calcium disks?
It is important to select a calcium supplement which includes calcium in combination with other synergistic co-factors such as magnesium and vitamins D & K, as can be found in lactical dark (lactical does not contain vitamin K). Clinical studies show that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and vitamin K plays a role in the body's formation of bone proteins.
Vitamins D & K are important nutritional co-factors in calcium metabolism and absorption -vitamin D is naturally produced in the skin from mild exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is also obtained from eating foods such as tuna, salmon, sardines, egg yolks or cheese. It is then stored effectively in the body for use in calcium metabolism. Similarly, vitamin K is important and best obtained from foods such green peas, carrots, green beans, broccoli, kale and amaranth leaves. There is strong evidence that vitamin K not only works synergistically with vitamin D to increase bone mineral density, but that it also positively influences calcium balance, the key mineral in bone metabolism. In addition the presence of the mineral magnesium, as well as contributing to the maintenance of normal bones, also contributes to normal protein synthesis and electrolyte balance.
What other nutrients are present in lactical?
lactical contains calcium and other key milk ingredients (protein, lactose, magnesium, phosphorus), which are widely recognised as
the best sources of bone-building nutrients. That is because the minerals are naturally bound in milk, to peptides and proteins -and they are easy for your body
to absorb. lactical is the only food supplement in the UK containing calcium from milk and calcium carbonate nature's most concentrated source of calcium
delivering 500mg of elemental calcium in each creamy chocolate disk.
The chocolate in lactical is made with all-natural ingredients, and contains antioxidant levels that rival a serving of fruit. Produced from the cocoa plant, chocolate is rich in antioxidants which may protect the body from the damage of aging and
disease. lactical is also rich in micronutrients; and those such as copper, magnesium and phosphorus could contribute significantly towards your dietary intake.
In addition, cocoa is particularly rich in flavonoids that have been shown to have lots of benefits like anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-allergic
along with being antioxidants.
What is the difference between the red and
lactical is available in two versions -lactical milk chocolate (red box) and lactical dark chocolate (purple box). The dark
version contains no milk but has vitamin K. Other than that they are essentially the same and most importantly, both are guaranteed to contain 500mg of
elemental calcium per chocolate disk to help you achieve your intake goals.
How is lactical different to regular calcium
Just think of how many people you know who do not take calcium or vitamins simply because they cannot or do not want to swallow
pills. Just two delicious disks a day provide more than 100% of the Recommended Daily Value for calcium and vitamins D & K and can help people achieve their
calcium intake goals. As your body can only effectively absorb up to 500mg of calcium at a time, it"s best to spread the disks throughout the day, preferably
with or following a meal for optimal absorption of its active ingredients. If your diet has some calcium-rich foods but you want to make sure you are getting the
recommended amount, take one disk per day.
What are the nutritional values, including
calories in each lactical disk?
To find the full nutrition information for your favourite lactical product within the range please go to the Product Information
section of this website.
How long will lactical stay fresh?
lactical has a shelf life of 16 months. Store at a controlled room temperature below 25 oC (77 oF) to prevent chocolate from melting. Protect from moisture. Be sure to check each lactical package for additional information and for expiration date.
Who is lactical for?
Almost everyone can enjoy lactical. When consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle, lactical is suitable for most
people among the general healthy population -and that includes children over 4 years and older people. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to
your General Practitioner, Pharmacist or Dietician.
How many lactical calcium disks should I take
each day; does it matter what time of day they are consumed?
You can take them at any time of the day. Children from 4 years upwards: take 1 disk daily with or without food, or as directed by a practitioner or pharmacist. Adults and Children above 4 years: take 1 or 2 disks daily. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Additionally, the calcium carbonate in lactical is better absorbed when taken with food or on a full stomach. Calcium carbonate is alkaline based, so it requires extra stomach acid for optimal absorption. Therefore it is best taken right after meals or with a glass of acidic juice such as orange juice.
Are there any undesired effects whilst taking
lactical has no known side effects when taken as directed. Do not exceed the recommended daily intake. In case of overdose, seek
medical advice immediately. If you experience an adverse reaction, stop taking the supplement and seek medical advice.
Are there any side effects whilst taking too
many lactical calcium disks?
Taking 1500mg of calcium (amount that is contained in 3 lactical disks) or less a day is unlikely to cause any harm. The Food
Standards Agency advises you take no more than 1500mg of calcium supplements a day. High doses of calcium can lead to stomach pain and diarrhoea.
Total calcium intake, from combined dietary and supplemental sources, should not exceed 2500mg per day.
EFSA proposes a Tolerable Upper Intake Level for Calcium of 2500mg (amount that is contained in 5 lactical calcium disks) for adults and for pregnant and
lactating women, per day from all sources (drinking water, food, supplements, medicines). Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with
medications, you should take dietary supplements under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider.
Can I take lactical with a multivitamin?
Since the body can absorb 500mg of calcium at one time, we decided that it is the ideal amount for each lactical calcium disk. As
many multivitamins contain small amounts of calcium or none at all, you should always check the label for the amount, to see if lactical combined with your
multivitamins supplement will exceed the upper safe limits of calcium intake. High doses of calcium may interfere with the absorption of other minerals and
therefore there is no additional benefit of taking more than 1500mg of calcium per day. More than 2500mg per day over an extended period of time can lead to
stomach pain and high levels of calcium in the blood which may interfere with the absorption of other valuable minerals, such as iron and zinc. So if you are taking iron or zinc,
take your lactical calcium disks at a different time of day.
My doctor has prescribed medication for
osteoporosis. Can I still take lactical?
For people diagnosed with osteoporosis and those who have experienced a fracture from osteoporosis, calcium alone is not sufficient
to prevent further fractures. Osteoporosis treatment is required, as advised by a doctor. Most osteoporosis treatment is prescribed with calcium
supplementation, and often combined with vitamin D, to ensure proper management of your bone health. That is because the vast majority of clinical studies for
efficacy of anti-osteoporotic treatments are based upon combining treatment with calcium and vitamin D supplementation. In addition, vitamin D deficiencies in
humans have been shown to reduce the response to some treatments for osteoporosis. It is concluded that anti-osteoporotic treatments should be used in
combination with calcium and vitamin D supplementation. lactical contains both calcium and vitamin D making it a good source for you daily needs, but prior to
taking it we recommend that you speak with a health care professional regarding your specific condition.
Is it enough taking lactical to prevent
Although lactical contains calcium which is a vital mineral for bone health, getting lots of it does not automatically result in a
high bone density or prevent osteoporosis. There are multiple risk factors for osteoporosis. While some -such as being female, being older, being of certain
ethnicities (such as Caucasian and Asian), and having a small body frame size- cannot be changed, many lifestyle factors can be modified that have a
significant impact on bone health. These include adequate amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D in the diet, eating enough fruits and vegetables, lowering
intakes of sodium and caffeine, being physically active, quitting smoking, and reducing consumption of alcohol.
It's never too early to start thinking about what you can do to prevent osteoporosis. From the foods you eat to the amount of regular physical activity you get,
the choices you make impact your health, right down to your bones. While there are many ways you can help protect your bones, there is not one treatment or
combination of treatments that can guarantee you"ll never develop osteoporosis. The best prevention is a life-long commitment to healthy lifestyle choices like
physical activity and good nutrition.
What if I'm not getting enough calcium or vitamin D?
Not getting enough calcium can lead to a disease called osteoporosis. This is a condition where your bones become fragile and break easily. The most common bones affected include the hip, backbone (spine), and wrist. Many people don't realize they have osteoporosis until after they break a bone, which means that their bones had been losing strength for years.
Is lactical suitable for children?
Yes, lactical is suitable for children aged four and over. Good bone health starts early in life and the first step is maximizing
bone building during the growth and development years. Kids often don't get enough foods high in calcium, like milk and dairy, and are especially at risk for
not developing strong bones. It is recommended that children meet their calcium needs from a balanced and varied diet, and principally from consuming dairy
If you think your child requires supplemental calcium, you should first consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Supervision is recommended to determine the
appropriate number of lactical calcium disks that should be consumed daily. Caution should be used to ensure the recommended intake is not exceeded. Consumption
above recommended levels should be avoided unless specifically prescribed by a physician. As with all food supplements, it's recommended you keep lactical well
out of the reach of children. We recommend that you talk to your doctor regarding specific conditions.
Can I use lactical during pregnancy?
We are not aware of any safety issues for women taking lactical whilst pregnant. As you are well aware, pregnancy and breastfeeding
can cause change and place extra demands in women's bodies. Your baby's needs take priority over your own, so if you don't get enough calcium in your diet, your
baby will draw what he or she needs from your bones to build its skeleton. Getting enough calcium is actually necessary during pregnancy and after your baby is
born. That's why it's important for you to get the nutrition you need - and calcium supplementation is generally recommended for the good health of you both. As
with any other food supplement, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, we recommend that you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking lactical.
I am over 50, and have already gone through
menopause. Will lactical help me improve my bone density?
With the onset of menopause, which normally occurs around the age of 50, the rate of bone density loss increases significantly
because the ovaries stop producing estrogen, a hormone that plays a major role in the bone repair process. As a result, bone mass begins to be broken down
faster than it is being rebuilt and women can lose up to 15% of their bone mass in the five years following the menopause, making them more susceptible to
However, it's never too late to make sure your bones are getting the right amount of calcium as an important factor of avoiding the
acceleration of this process so that they stay healthy and strong. lactical is also recommended for those women who have an early menopause and who need to
safeguard key nutrients for normal bone health over a longer period.
Can lactical calcium disks be consumed by
individuals with diabetes?
lactical contains only 4,5g of carbohydrates per disk, which can easily be incorporated into an appropriate meal plan for people
with diabetes. It is recommended that lactical calcium disks be consumed with meals or snacks for optimal absorption. A free food in a meal plan for people with
diabetes is defined as containing less than or equal to 5g of carbohydrates per serving. Therefore one lactical calcium disk, which contains 4,5g of
carbohydrates per serving, might qualify as a "free food". Individuals with diabetes should refer to the package for nutritional information related to lactical
and speak with a healthcare professional about how to incorporate this product into their individualized dietary regimen.
Is lactical suitable for people with coeliac
disease? Does it contain gluten?
Gluten is found in grains that include rye, oats, barley and wheat. None of these ingredients are being added to our line of
products. However, we cannot guarantee that lactical calcium disks are 100% gluten free, as they are produced in a facility that manufactures or packages other
items that may contain gluten. However, you should probably be able to tolerate lactical calcium disks as suitable for a gluten free diet.
What does RDA mean?
RDA stands for recommended daily allowance. This is the daily amount of a vitamin or mineral that the average person needs to
maintain health. The % RDA in lactical tells you how much of a vitamin or mineral's RDA you get from each disk of the supplement.
Should I be concerned that lactical contains
levels of vitamins equal or above the RDA?
There is no need for concern, the vitamins and also the minerals in lactical are at high levels but they are all present at levels
well below the Upper Safe Levels. The RDA of vitamins is an EU-recommended amount allowance to maintain health. Some supplements contain levels of vitamins and
minerals above the RDA. This is because, for some nutrients, intakes above the RDA are safe for all healthy people. For most vitamins and minerals Upper Safe
Levels have also been established so that both manufacturers and consumers can be made aware of the levels of intake, which allow people to supplement their
What is meant by a healthy balanced diet and
A healthy balanced diet and lifestyle is where you eat a diet that includes all the main food groups and nutrients you need to live
well, and do plenty of exercise. For more information on how to have a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle please go to the Healthy Living
section of this website or you can visit: http://www.food.gov.uk/
Is lactical suitable for vegetarians?
Yes. If you are vegetarian and consume dairy products, lactical calcium disks are suitable for your diet.
Is lactical suitable for vegans?
lactical calcium disks contain calcium that is derived from cow's milk, so they are not suitable for vegans. If you refrain from
dairy products, only lactical dark calcium disks are compatible with your diet.
Does lactical contain lactose?
As lactical contains minerals derived from milk, it isn't lactose free. Each lactical calcium disk contains a very small amount,
less than 25mg. If you can't digest milk but have no problem with cheese and yogurt, you'll be able to take lactical.
Regarding our lactical dark product, it does not contain any dairy ingredients, but it is produced on shared equipment with lactical milk chocolate products.
lactical production follows strict allergen cleanup procedures to ensure products made on shared equipment are dairy-free. Those who may be severely allergic
need to be aware that traces of milk remain and therefore will be present in very small amounts through cross contact.
Does lactical contain genetically modified
No. Our company aims to ensure that the ingredients used in the manufacture of our products do not contain genetically modified
organisms (GMO), are not produced from GMO, and do not require a GMO labelling mention in the ingredient list. In addition our quality standards for human
nutrition prohibit the use of artificial colourings, flavourings, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and other specific ingredients. To
avoid contamination by genetically modified organisms (GMOs), our company has implemented its own control system.
All our products are produced to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards of quality control, and offer ideal support from sensible, balanced formulas, without excessive levels. Together with the
outside control body Lloyd's LRQA (ISO 22000 and ISO 9001) and guidelines of the Good Manufacturing Practice, we guarantee the health and safety of all of our
products. To ensure absolute, foolproof control, the system is constantly evaluated and updated. The purity of all ingredients and final products is rigorously
tested in-house and externally using third party testing companies, ensuring accurate unbiased results.
Although our company uses natural ingredients, its processes match pharmaceutical standards in terms of delivery technologies, equipment and the facility. Our
company is bridging the gap between pharmaceutical standards and those of the natural health industry and goes above and beyond the norm to ensure the efficacy
and safety of our products.
What is stevia?
Stevia extract is a natural sweetener, which comes from the leaves of the stevia plant. It is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, but has practically zero calories. We understand that finding the perfect sugar substitute is not always easy. So, we're proud to introduce the latest innovation in sugar alternatives. Our sweetener is made from the finest extract of the Stevia plant to produce a sweet taste with practically zero calories. After harvesting and steeping the leaves, water and impurities are filtered out leaving behind stevia extract, which is then crystallised. This extract is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar with zero calories. By replacing the all the sugar with this natural sweetener, the result is a refreshing real natural taste that you have to experience to believe.
Where can I find out more about osteoporosis and
What if I have another question?
We're here to help and take every question, suggestion or criticism seriously as well as looking forward to hearing your feedback.
If you have any nutrition questions, want to share your lactical story, this is the place!
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