It’s not often I find a study that proves a supplement can increase the number of years an 80-year-old can live. To find one that proves this same supplement can improve the quality of those years as well is quite surprising. However, to learn that this supplement is typically used to strengthen bones is shocking. But it’s true.
Most supplements that increase life span or quality of life are antioxidants or produce energy by empowering your mitochondria. But this supplement is a mineral. And once you see how it works, how it improves quality of life and how long you can live makes perfect sense.
The researchers who made this discovery wanted to determine if the mineral strontium reduced the risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures. So they followed 1,489 women for five years. All of the women were over the age of 80 at the start of the study. And all of them had osteoporosis.
Strontium is a naturally occurring mineral. You’ll find it in the soil and in your water. Like calcium, strontium collects in your bones and makes them stronger. When you use it with calcium, the two work better than either one by itself. The trouble is you can’t take them together, or they will cancel each other out. So you have to take them at different times of the day. Together, they’re unbeatable bone builders.
Most of the studies done on strontium, including this one, use a synthetic form. That’s because strontium ranelate is a patented drug. And the maker, Servier Pharmaceuticals, pays a lot of money for the studies. However, other non-patented strontium will have similar, if not better, results (strontium citrate is the most absorbable form of strontium), without any side effects. But the drug company won’t tell you any of that.
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Many years ago, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that strontium lactate (another non-patented form ... others include gluconate and carbonate) gave 84% of the participants significant improvement in their bone remineralization. Citrate is even better.
But let’s get back to the study. The researchers found that strontium reduced the participants’ risk of vertebral fracture by 31% and nonvertebral fracture by 27%. But it gets better. They also found that it reduced the risk of major nonvertebral fracture by 33% and hip fracture by 24%.
The researchers said the treatment saved money, increased the quality of life, and added years to their lives. How is this possible?
As you may know, women over 80 who fall and suffer a hip fracture often don’t recover. The surgery can result in an infection or pneumonia can set in. In fact, if you’re a woman over 80 and in otherwise good health, a hip fracture triples your risk of death. And if you do survive, the pain and immobility significantly harms your quality of life, as healing is slow. So avoiding a fracture can add years to your life and it can make those years far more enjoyable.
Strontium citrate is one of the best bone-building supplements you can take. Not only can it prevent and treat osteoporosis, but some studies indicate it may help relieve the bone pain associated with the disease. It’s great to know it will help you live longer and healthier too. You can find this and many forms of strontium in health food stores. But I recommend you take it with other bone-building supplements, including boron, vitamins D3 and K2, and manganese (remember, don’t take strontium at the same time you take calcium). You can find these and other powerful bone-building nutrients in Ultimate Bone Support
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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