When it comes to fighting bone loss, I'm a big fan of magnesium, strontium, and vitamin D. But in some cases, these supplements aren't enough. That's because some cases of bone loss are the result of an underlying condition that these supplements don't treat. And few doctors consider this when evaluating bone loss. That's the bad news. The good news is there's another inexpensive nutrient that can help solve this underlying problem and reverse your bone loss.
In fact, if this underlying condition is causing your osteoporosis, taking this one supplement can actually reverse your osteoporosis.
Many years ago, researchers discovered that a heavily acidic pH can lead to osteoporosis. That's why changing your diet from an acid diet to a more alkaline diet can help strengthen your bones. But recently, researchers wanted to find out if a nutrient could stop osteoporosis caused by an acidic pH.
To find out, they recruited 201 men and women over the age of 65. They divided them into two groups. The first group took a placebo. And the second group took 60 mEq of potassium citrate (K-citrate), along with calcium and vitamin D, daily. After 24 months, they measured the bone mass of each participant using a DEXA scan. They also measured their pH levels.
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They found that the K-citrate completely neutralized the excess acid production, but the placebo group's pH remained acidic. They also found that the K-citrate group had lower calcium excretion after just six months. But that's not all — and this is where it gets really amazing.
After two years, the group taking the K-citrate saw the density of their lumbar spine increase by 1.7% on average. All of their bone parameters improved as well. And this improvement was ongoing — it hadn't leveled off. The researchers also wanted to see if they experienced any bone density increases in the non-dominant tibia and radius. Sure enough, they increased by an average of 1.3% and 2.0% respectively.
What's more, both sexes had significant decreases in fracture risk, as measured by FRAXX (Fracture Risk Assessment Tool). And all of the participants tolerated the supplement well.
So if you're worried about bone loss — or if you have an acidic pH — it's a good idea to add K-citrate to your supplement regimen. You can find K-citrate at any health food store or online. It will help keep your body pH balanced properly.
If your pH isn't acidic and you're still suffering from bone loss, then you're probably not getting enough of the other nutrients I mentioned. You can find magnesium at any health food store. And you should consider taking a supplement like Ultimate Bone Support to help restore the health of your bones.
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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.
Harding, Anne, Reuters Health, Nov 27, 2012.
Correction: There was a typo in Tuesday's Nutrient Insider. In that alert, mega doses were said to be 25-50 mg. That should have read 25-50 grams. We apologize for the error and any inconvenience it caused.