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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, September 24, 2014

Strontium Products, Inert Ingredients, and Dosages

I have used Doctor's Best Strontium Bone Maker successfully for six and a half years. For people who cannot tolerate magnesium stearate, which is in Doctor's Best and most vitamins and supplements, I recommend AOR Strontium Support II or Pure Encapsulations Strontium Citrate because they contain no fillers. These three brands are reputable. There are other reputable brands. These are three I know of. Do not purchase supplements solely on the basis of cost. Some brands of strontium citrate may not even contain the amount of strontium stated on the label.

When you read that 2 grams of strontium ranelate were used, that means 2 grams (2000 mg) of the strontium salt. Strontium is the bone-active component and makes up 34% by weight of the whole molecule; so, each 2-g dose of strontium ranelate delivers 680 mg of elemental strontium.

I mention sr. ranelate because many people have read the clinical trials on this prescription drug, which is unavailable in the USA and Canada. The following is information on three brands of strontium citrate:

One serving (2 capsules) of Doctor’s Best Strontium Bone Maker contains 680 mg elemental strontium from 1,944 mg (a little less than 2 grams) strontium citrate.

Each capsule of Pure Encapsulations Strontium Citrate contains 227 mg elemental strontium. The serving size is 1-3 capsules per day for 227, 454, or 681 mg strontium per day.

For Advanced Orthomolecular Research AOR, Advanced Series, Strontium Support II, the serving size is one to two capsules, with each capsule containing 341 mg elemental strontium from strontium citrate. Two capsules contain 682 mg strontium.

These are the serving sizes given by the manufacturers. Most research suggests 680 mg is the optimal amount of strontium to treat osteoporosis; 340 mg is probably sufficient for osteopenia.
Doctor’s Best Strontium Bone Maker
Inert Ingredients
Modified cellulose (vegetarian capsule), cellulose, magnesium stearate (vegetable source).
Contains nothing other than listed ingredients
Inert Ingredients
None. Capsule: hypromellose, water.
AOR guarantees that no ingredients not listed on the label have been added to the product. Contains no wheat, gluten, corn, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, fish, shellfish or any animal byproduct.

Pure Encapsulations
Other Active Ingredients
Ascorbyl palmitate (fat-soluble vitamin C)
20 mg/capsule
Inert  Ingredients
Hypo-allergenic plant fiber (cellulose), vegetarian capsule (cellulose, water)
This encapsulated product contains no hidden coatings, excipients, binders, fillers, shellacs, artificial colors or fragrance. Contains no dairy, wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, sugar, starch, soy, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.


Tom Stubbs said...

Is strontium supposed to help bones? I've been doing some reading on osteoporosis and I know it does something to the bones, but I was wondering if strontium was supposed to help. It was mentioned quite often in your post.

BoneLady said...

To: Tom Stubbs,

You should take time to read my other posts, such as the following one:

Studies show that when strontium replaces a small proportion of the calcium in hydroxyapatite crystals of calcified tissues, such as bones and teeth, it imparts additional strength to these tissues.

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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.