Q. Dear Terry, “I’m perimenopausal and have heard that the hormone changes can affect your bones. My mom had osteoporosis and I want to start taking something now that can help keep my bones healthy. I also recently had my first couple of hot flashes as well. Any natural solutions you can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!” – C.S., Huntington, WV
A. Dear C.S., 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. So you may also 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 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. 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.
For hot flashes, I think black cohosh is an effective solution. Clinical studies have found that the best dose of black cohosh is much less than you may expect – 13 mg daily. Be sure to use it consistently each day for best results and please be patient, as it may take up to three months to fully experience the benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally
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