Bone meal

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Bone meal Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is bone meal used for?

Bone meal is commonly used as a part of a well-balanced diet when it provides calcium, phosphorus, trace elements; reduce the risk of osteoporosis and helps your kidneys work.

For more details, calcium makes up the mineral content of your bones and teeth. You need it for muscle contraction, nerve transmission, blood clotting, hormone synthesis, and many other reasons. It also improves the stability of cell membranes, helps nutrients and other substances pass in and out of cells.

You need phosphorus for cell growth. It’s necessary for helping bones and teeth form. It’s also vital for the heart muscle contraction.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using bone meal.

What is the dose of bone meal for an adult?

The recommended dosage of bone meal for adults are:

  • Adults under age 50: 1000mg/ day;
  • Women over 50 years and men over 70 years: 1200mg/ day.

What is the dose of bone meal for a child?

The recommended dosage of bone meal for children are:

  • Children from 4 to 8 years: 1000mg;
  • Children between 9 and 18 years: 1,300 mg.


How should I take bone meal?

Take one teaspoon daily, mixed into milk, fruit or vegetable juice.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of bone meal, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from bone meal?

Some of the trace elements in bone meal can be helpful. However, bone meal is high in lead. It may also have high mercury levels. This raises concerns about using it as a supplement.

The lead content in bone meal is much higher than that in refined calcium carbonate. This is laboratory-made calcium.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease” may also pass through bone meal. Bone meal and other animals by products that have been used as animal feed or supplements have been shown to transmit BSE. The type of processing determines if the infectious agent is there. There are no studies that show if bone meal is safe for human consumption.


What should I know before using bone meal?

Dietary supplements are not held to the rigid standards of regular pharmaceuticals. This means their contents and effectiveness may or may not match the claims of the manufacturers. Before you commit to a course of bone meal, it’s advisable to carefully research the reputation of different brands to find the highest quality option.

Is it safe in specific conditions (e.g., pregnancy, breastfeeding, or surgery)?

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may need extra calcium. However, you should talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.


What drugs may interact with bone meal?

Bone meal may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with bone meal?

Bone meal may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

How do I store bone meal?

Bone meal is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store bone meal in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of bone meal that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush bone meal down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

How is bone meal available?

Bone meal is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Powder-net weight 454g.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: December 7, 2016 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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