Strontium supplement

Strontium is one of several very important minerals for good bone health, but few people have ever really heard of it. Strontium naturally occurs in the bones as well as in nature. It is actually fairly similar to calcium in many ways, including the fact that it helps with bone structure and density. In nature, strontium often does not exist on its own. Because of this, supplements generally come in several different types, including strontium ranelate, the most common type.

However, strontium supplements may be more than just another bone health supplement—they may prove key in helping those who have poor bone health in recovering. They are also very useful in reducing the pain caused by lesions that some cancer patient experience, plus studies show that strontium helps decrease the chance of getting cavities in your teeth.

Strontium was first studied during the 1950s and 60s; however, it was not studied seriously as a supplement until the early 1980s when the relationship between strontium and bone density was looked at more in-depth. Over the years, more studies were done on strontium, including studies in the dental industry on using strontium as a method of reducing cavities. However, few human studies were done until the 2000s.

Fortunately, strontium is not a supplement most people need to take. This is because the average person gets as much strontium as they need through normal every day drinking water. Strontium is also present in the soil, and as a result, a number of fruits and vegetables contain the mineral as well. However, due to the many different fertilizers, farming techniques, and food processing techniques, the amount of strontium in our food and water has decreased somewhat. Because of this, strontium supplements are becoming more and more popular.

Strontium actually provides two different benefits to your bones. Because bone cells are always growing and yet always being re-absorbed, it is often hard for bone growth drugs to affect bone cells. However, strontium actually helps stimulate bone growth while at the same time preventing bone cells from being re-absorbed. So far, no other drug has been found to do this.

Often, strontium is taken alongside calcium and vitamin D, two other minerals that are linked to bone health. When combined, the three work together to ensure that the density of your bones does not degrade. This helps prevent broken bones and osteoporosis. In fact, one study has suggested that taking strontium ranelate can actually be a very good treatment for osteoporosis; in fact, it may be as good as or better than a number of other drugs available on the market. While women who have passed through menopause generally lose around one percent of their bone density per year, one study done using strontium supplements actually showed a gain of more than eight percent over a three year period.

Another recent study has shown that strontium can help with cartilage metabolism. In another ten year study, a town’s water supply was shown to contain very high levels of strontium. The residents of the town, according to the report, all had unusually low levels of dental cavities. However, more studies need to be done to determine if strontium alone was the cause.

Strontium should not be given to children because it may affect the way their bones grow. As of yet, no major studies have been done regarding children and strontium. Strontium supplements have not shown any major side effects at the time, and so far, they appear to be safe for everyone. As always, before taking a new supplement, consult your physician to make certain it will not interact with any medication or with any illness you may have.

Last updated on Dec 1st, 2009 and filed under Vitamins and Minerals. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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