Strong Bones… is Strontium an answer?

Is there another way to keep bones strong as we age? Media outlets  and medical education exposes us mostly to calcium as the essential bone ingredient for a healthy skeleton and strong bones, but there is much more to this story.  I want to introduce you to the mineral strontium.
  Many of us have heard of this element often associated with radiation like “strontium 90”.  It is NOT the same.
Strontium is known as a trace element and found in soil and sea water – naturally. It actually uses the same biochemical pathway for absorption as calcium which is a problem. It actually competes with calcium. So with the American diet so high in dairy (calcium), strontium does not have a chance. One would think that since Americans consume so much dairy, diseases like osteoporosis would be non-existent. But not so!

The health of bones has more to do the connective matrix tissue which is the inner bone structure.  This is where elemental strontium is needed.  In the Japanese culture, rates of osteoporosis  are considerably lower than in western cultures with a high dairy diet. Strontium and other trace minerals are high in the sea food diet of the Japanese. Makes sense right?

Studies as far back as the 1950’s have demonstrated the value of strontium.  In a 2012 research review strontium is clearly associated with signaling the bone tissue by helping to increase bone formation. Bone Study 

I have done my research on this subject using non commercial resources and the facts are there.  We do not know the quality of the soil our food is grown today; likely many commercial farming soils are depleted of trace mineral like strontium.

Since RDA’s (Recommended Daily Allowance) have never been established on strontium, there are no clear recommendations on how much to take.  Elson Haas M.D. in his nutrition textbook: Staying Healthy with Nutrition , (Celestial Arts, 2006) states food intake may supply us with 2 mg per day. (p224)

I recommend  men and especially women over 60 have a bone mineral test done. It is foolish to wait for a bone to fracture to determine that bone loss has occurred.   Osteoporosis is more common in women due to  less dense bone structure. Women with smaller frames will be subject to losses of the bone matrix sooner because they start out with less density.  If there is any bone loss, consider this element as a supplement.  A key fact here is to NOT take strontium along with calcium supplements or high calcium foods. It won’t be absorbed very well. Taking strontium can prevent serious bone fractures in our later years.

Of course exercise is another very important activity to keep bones strong, but I have seen women who exercise and have exercised for many years develop osteopenia (early bone loss) or osteoporosis (severe bone loss).

Strontium should be purchased from a reputable company and supplied in the citrate form.  Contact me for specific details on this potentially serious matter.


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