I recently had a DEXA bone scan that showed some mild osteopenia.
Q. Dear Terry, “I recently had a DEXA bone scan that showed some mild osteopenia. I have a family history of osteoporosis and would like to prevent that from happening to me. I’m going to start increasing my exercise and improve my diet. Are there nutrients important for bones that I may be lacking or need to supplement?” — A.Y., Pawtucket, RI
A. Dear A.Y., 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 two to four times daily.
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, which is a very absorbable form of strontium. I recommend taking strontium at breakfast time.
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