Q. Dear Terry, “I had a bone scan that said I have osteopenia. I don’t want to take any prescription medications because I know they have bad side effects. How can I improve my bone density so I don’t develop osteoporosis?” – Sirah P., Indianapolis, IN
A. Dear Sirah, I believe a solid foundation with a multivitamin and mineral formula is necessary. Believe it or not, mineral deficiencies are more common than vitamin deficiencies. Therefore, you may want to look for a multivitamin that features chelated trace minerals. I prefer a multivitamin and mineral formula taken several times per day and includes vitamins and minerals in their most absorbable and active forms.
I also recommend adding silica from the plant horsetail (Equisetum arvense) 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 and flavonoids that help with absorption. I would take silica twice daily.
The trace mineral strontium is also 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 680 mg of strontium at breakfast time and two hours away from any calcium containing supplements.
Terry . . . Naturally
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