Strontium Questioned in Bone Health Supplements

In July 2012 we published an eye-opening blog post as a reminder that Strontium Ranelate is not approved by the FDA as a drug for the medical management of osteoporosis in the United States. The role of strontium should also be questioned for bone health supplementation. The primary reason are:

  1. Strontium displaces calcium in bone, resulting in false "improvements" in DXA scans for bone density.
  2. Higher intakes of dietary strontium are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women (study)
  3. Strontium can replace calcium in nerve endings, slowing down nerve signals
  4. Strontium for treatment of osteoporosis may cause headaches, memory loss and disturbances of consciousness  (study)
  5. Strontium prescriptions are not recommended for people at risk for blood clots.

Strontium is not an essential mineral and is not required by the body to lead a long, natural, healthy life.

Some companies market supplements that contain strontium. By contrast Silical System* is formulated with well-known essentials for bone health - calcium, vitamin D and magnesium (Silical 1) - along with breakthrough nutrients silicon, boron, inositol, l-arginine and vitamin K2 (Silical 2).  Silical System improves the effects of calcium and vitamin D through ingredients that are within safe levels established by the National Institutes of Health. Silical System specifically supports bone and collagen production, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis – without any strontium.

*Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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