Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB


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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Friday, April 4, 2014

Strontium Basics

What is the recommended amount of strontium?

The amount of a strontium salt (e.g. strontium citrate) for prevention of bone loss in early postmenopausal non-osteoporotic women is roughly 1 gram per day to get about 340 mg of elemental strontium.

The amount of a strontium salt for treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis is roughly 2 grams per day to get about 680 mg of elemental strontium.

When should you take strontium as per time of day and how far apart from calcium?

You can take strontium at any time as long as you take it at least 2-3 hours after taking food, milk or milk products, or calcium supplements. Calcium competes with strontium for absorption; so, you will absorb less strontium if you take calcium and strontium too close together. You will absorb strontium better on an empty stomach. I take my strontium at night shortly before bedtime. Take it when it is most convenient for you.

In what ratio to calcium should you take strontium?

You do not need to worry about a ratio of calcium to strontium. The amount of calcium you need, whether you take strontium or not, depends on your age and sex. Adult men (51-70 years old) need 1000 mg daily. Adult women (51-70 years old) need 1200 mg per day. These are total amounts of calcium. So, what you need to do first is figure out how much calcium you are getting from food, and then supplement the rest, if needed. You should strive to get all, or most, of your calcium from food.

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Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone

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.