Using Dr. Ni's OC2
Where did berry flavored Dr. Ni's OC2 go?
We loved the berry flavored Dr. Ni's OC2, but we received a lot of feedback that people wanted something that was easier to mix with a wider variety of yogurt and smoothie flavors. Vanilla does the trick, and tastes great too!
How often do I take Dr. Ni's OC2?
Take Dr. Ni's OC2 just once daily. The scoop included in the jar measures out one daily serving.
Do I need to take it with water?
Dr. Ni's OC2 is flexible. It can be mixed with a number of cold beverages or foods to easily fit into your diet and daily routine. You can mix it into water, milk, yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, and more.
Why doesn’t the powder completely dissolve?
Our creatine is finely sifted for a smoother texture, but creatine doesn't always completely dissolve in water. This isn't a problem. Simply add a little more water, swirl it around, and finish drinking any remaining in the glass. Or try mixing Dr. Ni's OC2 with yogurt or in a smoothie, where it blends well.
Why does the label say to avoid hot liquids?
Heating creatine will reduce its effectiveness. When in hot liquid, creatine may break down and become less effective. Warm liquids are ok, but not your morning coffee. :)
Do I need to exercise to get the full benefits of Dr. Ni's OC2?
Yes. Although creatine may give you some muscle strength improvements without exercise, best results are seen when a regular program of weight bearing and resistance exercises is followed. Always consult with your doctor prior to beginning any supplement or exercise regimen.*
When will I start seeing results?
It may take several weeks of regular exercise and supplementation before improvements in muscle strength are noticeable. A small percentage of people won't respond to creatine, so if you take Dr. Ni's OC2 daily, exercise regularly, and don't notice results within about a month, creatine might not be for you.
Do I have to take Dr. Ni's OC2 every day?
Dr. Ni's OC2 is designed to be taken daily, however, there is nothing harmful to missing a day here or there. But for best results, daily use is recommended.*
Can I take more than the suggested daily serving?
You shouldn’t consume more than the suggested daily serving amount. Dr. Ni's OC2 was formulated by Dr. Albertson to provide optimal amounts of each ingredient. In particular, the amount of calcium (600 mg) has been carefully measured because taking more than 1200 mg of calcium daily may be associated with urinary stones and/or cardiac events.*
Can I take Dr. Ni's OC2 if I am pregnant, nursing, or taking medications or other supplements?
You should always consult with your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen.
What exactly is creatine and how does it work?
Creatine is a substance that exists naturally in your body, created in the body from the amino acids glycine and arginine. Regular supplementation with creatine in conjunction with exercise has been shown to improve muscle strength better than with exercise alone. The creatine in Dr. Ni's OC2 is creatine monohydrate, chosen because it’s an easily absorbed form of creatine. When consumed it is absorbed through the stomach and is stored in muscles, where it is available when needed for muscle contraction, enabling your body to better build muscle.*
Is creatine a steroid?
No, creatine is not a steroid.
Isn’t creatine what body builders use?
Body builders and athletes frequently use creatine to increase muscle mass and strength. But research has proven anybody can get the benefits of creatine, including older adults. Some body builders take very high doses of creatine, in excess of 20 grams daily, which can cause digestive problems and muscle cramping. Dr. Ni's OC2 has just 5 grams of creatine per serving, a moderate amount. Studies have shown creatine to be safe, effective at increasing muscle strength, and well tolerated in moderate amounts. It also won't cause bulking of muscles when used with normal levels of exercise.*
How much creatine is in one serving? Is it safe?
Dr. Ni's OC2 has only 5 grams of creatine per serving, enough to promote strong muscles, but not so much to cause the common side effects seen with high daily intake (20 grams or more). Studies have shown creatine to be safe and well-tolerated in moderate amounts.*
Can creatine cause muscle bulking?
Muscle bulking (think Arnold Schwarzenegger in his body building days) does not occur when taking creatine in the moderate amounts found in Dr. Ni's OC2 and with normal levels of exercise.
Why doesn't Dr. Ni's OC2 include protein?
It's true, regular protein intake is critical for building muscle and minimizing muscle loss. So why doesn't Dr. Ni's OC2 contain any? The reason is that everyone is different in what they like to eat (i.e. food, bars, drinks or powders). Even among the supplemental proteins on the market, many people don't tolerate the dairy based products. So, although we fully agree that you need regular protein intake, we want you to find what works best for you!
What is the role of calcium in bone health?
Calcium is a mineral that helps bones stay strong. Our bodies continually "remodel" our bones by removing small amounts of calcium from bone and replacing it with new calcium. If more calcium is removed than replaced, bones slowly become weaker and more likely to break. Getting enough calcium allows the body to put calcium in bones so they stay strong. Calcium requires vitamin D to be absorbed into the bloodstream from the digestive tract.*
What kind of calcium is in Dr. Ni's OC2?
Dr. Albertson chose calcium citrate because it is easily absorbed by the body. Calcium citrate is well absorbed with food, as well as by people who take medicines to block acid production in their stomach.*
Is calcium citrate the best form of calcium?
Calcium citrate is a form of calcium that is more bioavailable than the calcium carbonate frequently found in dietary supplements. This means it is more readily absorbed for high-quality bone building and density. Calcium citrate is well absorbed with food, and by people who take medicines to block acid production in their stomach.*
Why does Dr. Ni's OC2 have only 45% of the recommended daily value of calcium? Don’t I want more?
Most people get some form of calcium in their diets by eating dairy products or calcium-fortified foods, however most adults do not achieve recommended daily allowances. Too much calcium can be constipating, cause kidney stones, and possibly increase the rate of cardiovascular disease (i.e., heart attacks and strokes). Dr. Ni's OC2 was formulated to allow room for normal consumption of calcium-containing foods, while still providing good supplementation for bone health, without running the risk of getting too much calcium.*
Why does Dr. Ni's OC2 have vitamin D?
Vitamin D is essential for your body to absorb calcium. It can be supplemented as vitamin D2 or D3, however most studies agree that D3 (cholecalciferol) is more readily absorbed than D2 and therefore performs better for calcium absorption. Dr. Ni's OC2 uses vitamin D3.*
What is the role of magnesium in bone health?
Magnesium is found naturally in bone in large amounts, where it is a necessary structural component of healthy bone. It’s also present in the bloodstream. Lack of magnesium in the diet can lead to low amounts in the bloodstream. When this happens the body then compensates by slowly depleting magnesium stores in bone, leading to poor bone quality. Magnesium is most abundant in leafy green vegetables, however most adults do not get enough magnesium in their diets.*
What are the other ingredients in Dr. Ni's OC2?
Dr. Ni's OC2 contains organic evaporated cane sugar, organic rice syrup solids, natural flavors, stevia extract (leaf), and bamboo extract (stem or shoot).
Can I see the supplement facts label from the package?
Yes, you can find it at the bottom of this page.
Is Dr. Ni's OC2 gluten free?
Dr. Ni's OC2 is not a certified gluten free product. The supplement facts panel and ingredients list can be viewed here.
Is Dr. Ni's OC2 manufactured in the U.S.A.?
Yes. We use a cGMP manufacturing facility right here in the U.S.A.
What does manufactured in a cGMP facility mean?
cGMP is an abbreviation for "Current Good Manufacturing Practices." It means Dr. Ni's OC2 is manufactured in a facility that follows the FDA’s current good manufacturing practice guidelines to ensure the quality of our dietary supplement.
Can I recycle the product packaging?
Dr. Ni's OC2 is packaged in a food-grade HDPE jar, which is recyclable in most communities.
I’m interested in carrying Dr. Ni's OC2 at my clinic or business. How do I get started?
Please contact us for information on our wholesale and affiliate programs for retailers.
Can I order by phone?
Sorry, we don’t currently have the ability to take phone orders.
What inspired Dr. Ni's OC2?
Through her interest in exercise physiology and maximizing performance, along with her treatment of people with osteopenia and osteoporosis, Dr. Albertson began making connections between modern research and how it may be applied to create a more complete option for bone health supplementation. This led to the development of Dr. Ni's OC2.
Bone and Muscle Health
At what age should I start taking bone health supplements?
Age 35 is a good time to starting thinking about bone health supplementation, as most research agrees that maximum bone health is achieved at about this age. This is also the age when muscle loss (sarcopenia) tends to begin, so beginning a supplement such as Dr. Ni's OC2 may be of benefit.* Always consult with your physician prior to starting any supplement regimen.
What’s the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia?
Osteoporosis means "porous bone" and is a medical diagnosis defined by risk factors and bone density scores (DEXA test). It can be a debilitating disease and associated with fractures and poor mobility. Osteoporosis is believed to have both genetic and environmental influences that either don't allow for adequate bone growth or leave individuals prone to lose bone too quickly. Osteopenia, or low bone mass, is a condition of weak bones that is not yet as severe as osteoporosis.
What is sarcopenia?
Sarcopenia is loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with normal aging, as well as with limited physical activity. Sarcopenia is also associated with deterioration of balance and resulting falls.
Always consult your doctor prior to beginning any supplement or exercise regimen.