PREVENT BONE LOSS: MAKE THEM HEALTHIER AND STRONGER WITH STRONTIUM
Bone loss accelerates suddenly in menopausal women because the drop in estrogen levels causes an increase in the resorption (teardown) of existing bone. But resorption is only half of the story. Age-related bone loss is also caused by a decrease in the formation of new bone tissue.
In the last 5 years, there have been 4 groundbreaking studies showing amazing increases in bone mineral density and reduced fracture risk with Strontium supplementation. Existing drugs for osteoporosis, including calcium and vitamin D, work by reducing bone resorption, but do not form new bone. These drugs and nutrients can add minerals to the bone, but they do not form new bone tissue. Actually, within weeks of starting bisphosphonate drug treatment such as Fosamax, your bodies formation of new bone actually decreases somewhat. The result of taking Fosamax is your bone becomes more mineralized and less prone to fracture, but certainly not the same as new bone. Strontium is the only treatment known to increase the production of new bone without compromising the quality of your bone.
Scientists have discovered Strontium has a unique method of action which provides a dual activity in your bones. Bone cells are continuously growing and being re-absorbed at the same time. Bone growth drugs or calcium plus vitamin D supplements effect only one side of the equation. Strontium inhibits bone resorption while simultaneously stimulating bone growth, an exciting double benefit. No other natural substance or drug is known to provide this dual effect. Unlike Fosamax and Actonel, which work strictly by decreasing bone resorption, strontium increases bone mass. Post-menopausal women normally lose about 1% of their bone per year, but Strontium studies are showing 3 year bone growth of 8.1 %!
The promise of Strontium’s ability to enhance bone strength has led to promising studies in preventing dental cavities, strengthening bones in Metastatic bone cancer, and improving cartilage metabolism in osteoarthritis; as Strontium has demonstrated cartilage-growth-promoting capacity.
Calcium and Strontium can both play key roles in the health of your bones— if you use them properly. On the one hand, animal studies suggest that Strontium is not effective: and may even be counterproductive, if your calcium intake is not adequate. Current official recommendations suggest an intake of 1000 milligrams of calcium for younger adults, 1200 milligrams for people over the age of 50, and 1300-1600 milligrams of calcium for lowering fracture risk in the elderly. These numbers are your total calcium need. The more calcium you get in your diet, the less you need from supplements.
All Calciums are not the same. Ossein microcrystalline hydroxyapatite complex (MCHC), (a calcium-based crystalline nutrient complex, which is how the mineral is actually stored in your bones), consistently halts, or even reverses, bone loss in controlled human trials. When put head-to-head against other calcium supplemental forms, MCHC is more effectively utilized. . A Calcium formula which includes MCHC, Menatetrenone (Vitamin K2), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Magnesium, Boron, and other accessory nutrients will yield the best results.
At the same time, however, it’s important not to take Strontium supplement at the same time as calcium supplements. This is because calcium and Strontium use the same pathways for absorption in the intestinal tract, so that swallowing a calcium supplement along with Strontium can dramatically reduce absorption. Putting Strontium and calcium in the same pill is a recipe for bone health disaster, in which one doesn’t get the benefits of either nutrient. It is absolutely necessary to take additional Calcium daily if you take extra Strontium. Taking Strontium alone can have a negative effect; replacing calcium and weakening the bones.
The best protocol — and the one used in the most recent clinical trials — is to take Strontium either three hours after the last meal of the day, or one hour before breakfast in the morning, or both. Because studies suggest that one last dose of calcium just before retiring can help prevent excessive resorption of bone overnight, it may be best to take one Strontium daily dosage (680 mgs) before breakfast, leaving you free to take a calcium supplement just before you go to bed.