What can I do to keep my bones strong as I transition into menopause?
Q. Hello Terry, “My mother went through menopause early and was diagnosed with osteoporosis at a young age. I’ve read that osteoporosis and menopause can be related. What can I do to keep my bones strong as I transition into menopause?” — Harriett L., Pearl City, HI
A. Dear Harriett, Hormonal changes experienced during menopause can significantly affect your risk for bone density issues, like osteoporosis. Family history can also play a role, so taking actions now to minimize your risk is a great idea. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
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 (BMD). Look for a formula that contains 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