My bone density has been decreasing over the past ten years.

Q. Dear Terry, “My bone density has been decreasing over the past ten years. I don’t have osteoporosis yet, but I’m afraid it will happen soon. What can I take to help my bones?” – Sonja K., Blaine, MN

A. Dear Sonja, I believe a solid foundation with a multivitamin and mineral formula is necessary. Believe it or not, mineral deficiencies are more common than vitamin deficiencies. Therefore, you may want to look for a multivitamin that features chelated trace minerals. I prefer a multivitamin and mineral formula taken several times per day and includes vitamins and minerals in their most absorbable and active forms.

The trace mineral strontium is also necessary for optimal bone health. Strontium is a component of bones and occurs naturally in the body. Studies using strontium in the treatment of osteoporosis showed significant improvements in bone mineral density (BMD). Look for a formula that contains strontium citrate, which is a very absorbable form of strontium. I recommend taking 680 mg of strontium at breakfast time and two hours away from any calcium containing supplements.

Additionally, I recommend incorporating silica from the plant horsetail (Equisetum arvense) to your regimen. It may surprise you to know this, but silica – not calcium – is the top osteoporosis supplement in parts of Europe. In fact, studies have shown that silica can increase calcium absorption by 50% and bone density by 15%. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable. I recommend taking a form that provides 20 mg of silica and flavonoids that help with absorption. I would take silica twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally