Osteoporosis runs in my family, my sister and mom have both suffered multiple fractures.
Q. Dear Terry, “Osteoporosis runs in my family, my sister and mom have both suffered multiple fractures. They are both taking prescription medications, but they don’t seem to be helping. I’m hoping to prevent getting osteoporosis myself. I started increasing my activity level and I’m working with a nutritionist as well. Are there any herbs that could help?” — Chels P., Woodbury, MN
A. Dear Chels., 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 twice daily.
I also believe that you 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 your 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