I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my left hip.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis in my left hip. I am a 63 year old woman, a walker and do yoga regularly and have a pretty good diet that includes calcium and vitamin D3, so this has scared the daylights out of me. I am curious as to what you might suggest?” — Ellen M., Springfield, Massachusetts
A. Dear Ellen, I am glad to say I do have some natural options for you. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think about the following recommendations.
I would 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 for the body. I recommend taking a formula that provides 40 mg of silica daily.
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 are also essential in supporting bone health and increasing bone density.
The trace mineral strontium is also essential 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