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, September 5, 2014

Recommended Amounts of Strontium and Calcium

The recommended amount of elemental strontium for osteoporosis is 680 mg daily. For osteopenia, 340 mg strontium may be adequate. There is no adjustment for weight.

The recommended amount of calcium for women age 51 and older and for men age 71 and older is 1200 mg daily; for women age 19-50 the amount is 1000 mg; and for men age 19-70 the amount is 1000 mg. Check the chart in the link for those who are pregnant or lactating or younger than 19. Figure out how much you are getting from food, and then supplement the rest, but try to get most of it from food. Try not to take more than about 500 mg calcium at a time because that is about the most you can absorb.

Separate your calcium and strontium by at least three hours because calcium will reduce the absorption of strontium. The amount of calcium to take does not vary with the amount of strontium you are taking, just be sure to take both at separate times. The total amount of calcium needed depends on your age, sex, and whether you are pregnant or lactating. There is no adjustment for weight except what is already built into the calcium recommendations, which are much lower for infants and very young children. The amount of calcium to supplement depends on how much you are getting from your diet.

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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.