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Cathy Wong, ND

Strontium for Osteoporosis Prevention?

By April 18, 2012

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As many as half of all women older than 50 will fracture a bone due to osteoporosis, an age-related disease marked by the breakdown of bone tissue. One natural remedy often touted for osteoporosis prevention and treatment is strontium, a chemical element found in seawater and sold in supplement form.

In laboratory research, scientists have shown that strontium may help promote the growth of bone-forming cells. What's more, some studies have found that strontium ranelate (a form of strontium registered as a prescription drug in many countries) may help boost bone density (as well as reduce fractures in people with osteoporosis). However, since research on the health effects of strontium is somewhat limited, it's important to seek medical advice before using any form of strontium to preserve your bone health.

To keep your bones strong and reduce your osteoporosis risk, make sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D, perform weight-bearing exercise (such as walking, weight-training, and stair-climbing) on a regular basis, avoid smoking, and limit your intake of alcohol. Read the article: Strontium - What You Need to Know.

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