Q. Dear Terry, “What would you recommend for a 75 year old grandma who is in tremendous pain due to severe osteoporosis? She needs to be wearing a special garment to hold her spine. She has been taking blood thinners for who knows how many years and other medications. I am afraid that the deterioration of her osteoporosis condition could be caused by long-term use of certain drugs? We appreciate your advice very much!”– P.B., Yuba City, CA
A. Dear P.B., I highly encourage your grandmother to discuss any supplementation with her healthcare practitioner. With that being said, I think there are some natural options that can make a difference.
To help with the pain, I recommend a combination of curcumin and boswellia, plus DLPA, and nattokinase. Curcumin is a compound from the herb turmeric. It has been clinically studied to stop pain, inflammation, and heal joint damage. Boswellia is also very effective at reducing pain and works extremely well with curcumin. The amino acid, DLPA, helps to keep the body’s own natural painkillers active for longer periods of time. Nattokinase is an enzyme that helps with the body’s microcirculation, which is important for joints because they are nourished by some of the smallest blood vessels in our body.
I believe a solid foundation with a multivitamin and mineral formula is necessary for bone health. Believe it or not, mineral deficiencies are more common than vitamin deficiencies. 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.
Terry . . . Naturally
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