Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB

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Have you experienced, or read about, negative, and even dangerous, side effects from Fosamax (alendronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Actonel (risedronate), and other bisphosphonates prescribed for osteoporosis? If you have, then rest assured there is a safe, effective treatment for this condition. Strontium, primarily in the form of strontium citrate, is taken orally once a day.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Vitamins B6 and B12 and Folic Acid

Readers of my blog know that I advocate taking strontium citrate along with a combination of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements for bone health. Most people understand that calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D are essential for strong bones. Some people are adding vitamin K1 and/or vitamin K2 (MK4 or MK7) to their supplement lists. But did you know that you may also need vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid?

“Some studies suggest high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine may be linked to lower bone density and higher risk of hip fracture in the elderly. Vitamins B6 and B12, as well as folic acid, play a role in changing homocysteine into other amino acids for use by the body; so, it is possible that they might play a protective role in osteoporosis. Research is ongoing as to whether supplementation with these B vitamins might reduce fracture risk.” This paragraph is quoted from:
http://www.iofbonehealth.org/nutrition

The studies referred to are:

1. McLean RR, Jacques PF, Selhub J, et al. (2004) Homocysteine as a predictive factor for hip fracture in older persons. N Engl J Med 350:2042-49
2. Morris MS, Jacques PF, Selhub J (2005) Relation between homocysteine and B-vitamin status indicators and bone mineral density in older Americans. Bone 37:234-42

I take Nature's Bounty Sublingual Vitamin B12, 5000 mcg (5 mg) per microlozenge. I was using it three times per week, but I have recently increased my intake to the recommended dosage of one microlozenge daily. You dissolve these under your tongue for maximum absorption.

My multivitamin, Nature Made Multi For Her 50+, contains 6 mg of vitamin B6,25 mcg of vitamin B12, and 400 mcg of folic acid.

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Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone
Source: www.mayoclinic.com

How Strontium Builds Bones

Strontium is a mineral that tends to accumulate in bone. Studies have shown that oral doses of strontium are a safe and effective way to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Doses of 680 mg per day appear to be optimal. See my "For More Information About Strontium" links section.

Osteoporosis is caused by changes in bone production. In healthy young bones there is a constant cycle of new bone growth and bone removal. With age, more bone is removed and less new bone is produced. The bones become less dense and thus more fragile.

Scientists believe that strontium works in two ways. It may stimulate the replication of pre-osteoblasts, leading to an increase in osteoblasts (cells that build bone). Strontium also directly inhibits the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone). The result is stronger bones.

When taking strontium, be sure to take 1200 mg calcium, 1000 IU vitamin D3, and 500 mg magnesium daily. It is best to take strontium late at night on an empty stomach. Calcium and strontium may compete with each other for absorption if taken together.