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I am a perimenopausal woman who is concerned about bone health.

Q. Dear Terry, “I am a perimenopausal woman who is concerned about bone health. I’ve heard that osteoporosis can affect a lot of postmenopausal women. What can I do to help strengthen my bones now?” – Emmie P., New Orleans, LA

A. Dear Emmie, The estrogen decline that accompanies menopause can have a negative impact on bone mineral density. Fortunately, there are some natural ingredients that can help keep minerals in the bones, where they belong.

I recommend adding organic silica from horsetail to your regimen. It may surprise you to know this, but silica – not calcium – is the top osteoporosis supplement in parts of Europe. In fact, studies have shown that silica can increase calcium absorption by 50% and bone density by 15%. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable. I recommend taking a form that provides 40 mg of silica daily. I would take silica twice daily.

The trace mineral strontium is necessary for optimal bone health. Strontium is a component of bones and occurs naturally in the body. Studies using strontium in the treatment of osteoporosis showed significant improvements in bone mineral density (BMD). Look for a formula that contains strontium citrate, which is a very absorbable form of strontium. I recommend taking strontium at breakfast time.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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