Strontium is structurally similar to calcium and can be used in bones

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Strontium a nutshell
Strontium is a mineral that is very similar to calcium and it can help build healthy bones.

Best source of Strontium for Juicers
Spinach, carrots & celery

Strontium is a mineral element that is chemically very similar to calcium. The body absorbs it in the same ways it absorbs calcium. The body can even use strontium to build bone, but strontium is not required for good health.

osteoporosisThere is just one proven indication for the use of a nutritional supplement known as strontium ranelate, to help prevent fractures when people already have osteoporosis. Strontium in this form seems to alter the balance of bone breakdown and replacement in favor of bone replacement. The advantage of strontium used with other nutritional supplements for osteoporosis is that, unlike calcium and vitamin D, it reduces the number of fractures in bones all over the body, rather than just the hips or just the spine. It is helpful for women of all ages, but especially women over the age of 80.

spinachSince the body absorbs calcium and strontium through the same receptor sites in the small intestine, it is best to take the two supplements at different times of day, at least four hours apart. A dosage of 2,000 mg a day gives the best results—about a 40% reduction in fractures—but it's also enough that it sometimes causes diarrhea. If this is a problem, just take less.

Not everyone should take strontium ranelate. It's not recommended for women who may be pregnant or who are breastfeeding. It is not for anyone who has had an embolism in a vein, for anyone who is bedridden, or for anyone who is being treated with tetracyline or carrotsquinolone broad-spectrum antibiotics. In rare instances, it can cause a serious skin rash. About 98% of women who use strontium ranelate for bone health, have no problems at all.

This supplement is currently being studied as a treatment for knee pain in men. Results should be available from the first clinical trial of its use for knee pain in 2013.

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About Andy Williams

In a processed food culture, simply eating may not be enough. Dr. Andy Williams is a scientist with a strong interest in Juicing and how it can supply the body with the nutrients it needs to thrive in modern society. You can subscribe to his free daily paper called Juicing The Rainbow and follow him on Facebook orTwitter.

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