I’m perimenopausal and have heard that the hormone changes can affect your bones.
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