Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB

WELCOME TO STRONTIUM FOR BONES BLOG

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, November 19, 2015

IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test



Are you among the one in three women, and the one in five men over the age of 50 who will be affected by osteoporosis in their lifetimes?

Osteoporosis weakens bones and leads to fractures. It causes severe disability. But osteoporosis can be detected early. It can be treated.

If you knew something that could harm you was coming, wouldn't you avoid it?
The test consists of 19 easy questions to help you understand the status of your bone health.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Amino Acid Intake and BMD



Jennings et al reported analyses of female identical twins with different amino acid intakes.

Twins with higher intakes of alanine and glycine had higher BMD at the spine than their co-twins, with within-pair differences in spine BMD of 0.012 g/cm2 and 0.014 g/cm2, respectively.

In cross-sectional multivariable analyses of 3,160 females aged 18-79 years, a higher intake of total protein was associated with higher BMD at the spine (quartile Q4 to quartile Q1: 0.017 g/ cm2) and forearm (Q4 to Q1: 0.010 g/cm2.

Intake of alanine, arginine, glutamic acid, leucine, lysine, and proline was associated with higher BMD at the spine and forearm, with the strongest association observed for leucine (Q4 to Q1: 0.024 g/cm2).

When intakes were stratified by source, vegetable or animal, prevalence of osteoporosis or osteopenia was 13% to 19% lower comparing extreme quartiles of vegetable intake for five amino acids (not glutamic acid or proline).

Jennings A, MacGregor A, Spector T, Cassidy A. Amino acid intakes are associated with bone mineral density and prevalence of low bone mass in women: Evidence from discordant monozygotic twins. J Bone Miner Res 2015; doi:10.1002/jbmr.2703.


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.