By Alexander Shikhman, MD of Gluten-Free Remedies
Strontium, a naturally occurring alkaline earth element, has close similarities with calcium in its absorption in our gut and incorporation into our bones.
Because strontium is naturally present in trace amounts in the human body, consumption in the form of a food supplement simply increases the amount of strontium in our bones.
Experimental data shows that strontium is an ideal natural remedy to improve low bone density because it: stimulates new bone formation, delays bone destruction (resorption), improves bone quality and makes bones more resistant to fractures.
Clinical data indicate that strontium is a useful remedy to treat women with postmenopausal osteoporosis.
In a number of clinical studies, strontium was shown to reduce the frequency of vertebral, hip and peripheral bone fractures. Its efficacy is equal to or better than currently approved prescription drugs for osteoporosis such as bisphosphonates, selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) and recombinant parathyroid hormone (PTH).
Recent data from UK based clinical trials also showed that strontium helps reduce joint damage and symptoms caused by knee osteoarthritis. Over 1000 patients were treated with strontium for 3 years and subsequently were compared to those treated with placebo.
Results of the study showed that strontium usage was associated with a decreased joint damage, reduced cartilage loss, lessening of pain and improved physical function.
The daily dose of strontium citrate should not exceed 700 mg a day. Strontium citrate should be taken on an empty stomach with a glass of water at least 30 minutes before meal. Strontium and calcium as well as strontium and magnesium should not be taken together. Take them at least 2 hours apart from each other. Strontium can be taken with vitamin D.
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