I am a postmenopausal woman that is struggling with bone density.
Q. Hello Terry, “I am a postmenopausal woman that is struggling with bone density. My doctor wants to put me on a prescription, but I think the problem can be resolved with nutrition and supplementation. Could you help identify which ingredients would help my condition?” — Helen H., Edina, MN
A. Dear Helen, I believe diet is very important for overall health. I would start by eliminating any refined sugar and carbohydrates. For more information on this, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider for bone health. As always, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input.
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%. The form of silica I prefer is an organic ingredient obtained from the above-ground parts of the spring horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. In a special process, the silica in the plant is extracted still attached to the plant bioflavonoids that support its activity in the body. This unique botanical silica is then blended with a specific marine oil to enhance absorption, beneficial effects, and cell membrane penetration of the active compounds. I would take 40 mg of silica twice daily.
I also believe that you would greatly benefit by adding calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, K1 and K2, silicon, boron, zinc, copper and manganese, as well as a probiotic (the “good bacteria” that helps us absorb nutrients) such as Bacillus coagulans to your daily regimen. Together these ingredients support bone health and increase bone density.
Lastly, 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, a very absorbable form of strontium. I recommend 680 mg of elemental strontium at breakfast.
Please note that since strontium and calcium are absorbed via the same pathway, they should be taken separately, several hours apart from one another. Therefore, I would suggest taking strontium in the morning and other bone building minerals later in the day and at bedtime.
Terry . . . Naturally