My mother was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Q. Dear Terry, “My mother was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. What are some nutrients that could help her bones stay healthy?” — Cici B., Owensboro, KY
A. Dear Cici, Osteoporosis can be very challenging, but fortunately there are some natural ingredients that can help keep bones strong and resilient.
I recommend your mother add 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 up to 50% and bone density by up to 15%. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable. I think your mother could benefit from a form that provides 40 mg of silica daily. I would have her take silica twice daily.
I also believe that she would greatly benefit by adding 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 to her daily regimen. Together, these ingredients support bone health and increase bone density.
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. Look for 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