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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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Prunes for Bone Health



Certain lifestyle and nutritional factors are known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Among the nutritional factors, dried plums or prunes (Prunus domestica L.) are the most effective fruits in both preventing and reversing bone loss.
A clinical study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2011 examined the extent to which dried plums reverse bone loss in osteopenic postmenopausal women. In the study, 160 women who were 1–10 years postmenopausal and not on hormone replacement therapy or any other prescribed medication known to influence bone metabolism were randomly assigned to one of the two treatment groups: dried plums (100 g/d) or dried apples (comparative control). (One hundred grams of dried plums per day equals about 10 dried plums.) Participants received 500 mg calcium plus 400 IU vitamin D daily.

Dried plums significantly increased the BMD of the ulna and spine in comparison with dried apples. In comparison with corresponding baseline values, only dried plums significantly decreased serum levels of bone turnover markers, including bone-specific alkaline phosphatase and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase-5b. The findings of this study confirmed that dried plums improve BMD in postmenopausal women, in part due to suppressing the rate of bone turnover.

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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.