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Friday, January 13, 2006

Reversing osteoporosis without drugs

New medical studies on the mineral strontium show that when taken with calcium and vitamin D, bone growth is enhanced. It can help increase bone mass density in the hip, spinal column, and the neck of the femur.

"'Strontium ranelate is the first compound to simultaneously decrease bone resorption and stimulate bone formation,' co-investigator Dr. Jean Yves Reginster, director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Public Health Aspects of Rheumatic Diseases, said in a prepared statement."

"Strontium is a naturally occurring element which is well tolerated when complexed with ranelic acid. Unlike some existing therapies for osteoporosis, strongtium ranelate actually promotes the net formation of bone by preferentially activating osteoblasts."

Supplements used in one study: 2 grams daily of strontium ranelate (the amount of elemental strontium would be less, probably around 600 mg), 800 IU vitamin D, and 1000mg elemental calcium. Strontium ranelate is not readily available but organically bound strontium can be purchased through distributers of Advanced Orthomolecular Research products. The product is Strontium Support.

Vtamin K is also supportive of bone mineralization, and whenever calcium is taken, magnesium should also be taken, in a 2:1 ratio (for example 1000 mg calcium with 500 mg magnesium).


New England J Med 2004; 350: 459-468 (Double blind randomized study demonstrating the efficacy of strontium ranelate in spinal osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.)

J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2002; 87:2060–2066



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