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My grandma has osteopenia, which I found out can become osteoporosis.

Q. Dear Terry, “My grandma has osteopenia, which I found out can become osteoporosis. She already has some mobility issues and I’m afraid of her falling and breaking a bone. I would like to help her find some natural options for bone health. What should she take?” – Kyle W., Summerville, SC

A. Dear Kyle, 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, she 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 organic silica from horsetail to her 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 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 strontium at breakfast time.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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