Scientists have discovered strontium has a unique method of action that provides a dual activity in bones. Bone cells are continuously growing and being re-absorbed at the same time; bone growth drugs or rock-based calcium primarily affect only the resorption side of the equation. Strontium provides the double benefit of inhibiting bone resorption while it stimulates bone growth. No other natural substance or drug is known to provide this dual effect.
Strontium was studied in both animals and humans from the early 1950s to the early 1960s and was shown to have important bone health properties. For example in 1959, the Mayo Clinic discussing a study involving strontium lactate for osteoporosis reported, “the therapeutic value of the drug appears to be established”. In the 1980’s a pair of studies also returned promising results for strontium on bone health.
Human studies within the past decade have reported extraordinary results for strontium. In one large multi-phase study it was found that post-menopausal women added 8.1% new bone growth over a three year period; whereas, they would normally have lost about 1% of their bone mass each year.
Notably, most of the recent year studies on strontium have used strontium ranelate, a patentable (and thus profitable) drug which binds strontium to the synthetic cation ranelate. Unlike natural forms of strontium, the ranelate form could be dangerous. Strontium ranelate contains phenylalanine and the detailed data sheet for strontium ranelate warns chillingly of deadly risks of venous thromboembolism as well as dermatitis.
Fortunately, clinical studies on several natural forms of strontium salt have also had positive results – without the side effects. In these forms strontium is bound with carbonate, gluconate, lactate, or citrate to increase its bioavailability.
1. Strontium supplements should be taken along with adequate calcium consumption. One of the natural forms of strontium, strontium gluconate, can be found along with the other synergistic vitamins and minerals needed for optimal bone health in Bone Matrix.
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