Natural Remedies for Osteoporosis: What You Really Need To Know
One of the best natural remedies for osteoporosis is to take calcium, vitamins D and K, magnesium and strontium on a daily basis. Research suggests this program can be as effective as prescription medication.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) estimates that osteoporosis affects 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan. Asia is expected to have 50% of all osteoporotic hip fractures by the year 2050.
One of the best natural remedies for osteoporosis is to take calcium, vitamin D and K, magnesium and strontium on a daily basis. But outside of the United States, the vitamins and minerals people require to prevent bone loss are often hard to find and needlessly expensive.
Fortunately, alternatives are available for those who are willing to look beyond their local stores. Let's start with the good news first.
Get Calcium/Magnesium In Many Countries
Most Canadians can buy inexpensive calcium/magnesium tablets in their local grocery store. The most popular formulas are chelated which provides better absorption than calcium citrate but must be taken with meals. However, few formulas contain sufficient vitamin D to transfer the calcium into our bones and keep it away from our arteries.
Vitamin D? You Are Probably Deficient!
Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption but research shows that two-thirds of North Americans lack sufficient vitamin D to maintain optimal health. During the winter, the sun's ultraviolet rays are not strong enough to produce the sunshine vitamin north of Boston, Rome and Beijing. It is highly likely that vitamin D deficiency is common in all northern countries.
So how much vitamin D do we need? The Vitamin D Council suggests that 5,000 IU may be required during the winter months in order to maintain blood levels in the middle of the recommended 75-200nmol/L (30-80ng/ml) range.
Because many countries limit the potency of vitamin D tablets to 1,000 IU... it is much more convenient to purchase higher potency gel tabs online from the United States.
What About Vitamin K2
In Japan, vitamin K2 has been an approved medication for osteoporosis since 1995. A meta-analysis of seven Japanese studies found that vitamin K2 supplements lowered the risk of vertebral fractures by 60%, hip fractures by 77%, and nonvertebral fractures by 81%.
Purchasing vitamin K2 appears to be either difficult or impossible in many countries. Once again... purchasing online from the United States is both convenient and inexpensive.
Strontium is the only element that has been found to work as a "dual-acting bone agent." Not only does it reduce the rate of bone turnover but it also helps to build new bone of high quality. Research conducted for pharmaceutical companies has revealed improvements in bone density of 8-14% over a three year period.
Strontium ranelate is a prescription form of strontium that is widely available throughout Europe... although often recommended as a third-tier solution due to poor compliance. Outside of Europe, health enthusiasts willing to follow the full regimen of calcium, vitamin D and strontium may wish to add strontium citrate to their prevention program.
Once again, online purchases provide ready access to strontium at a competitive price.
Most experts agree that the above vitamins and minerals are effective natural remedies for osteoporosis. Fortunately, America ships the supplements around the globe at a competitive price... unless stopped from doing so by a country's trade barriers.
A year's supply of these natural remedies for osteoporosis are often for less than 50% of the price charged at local health food stores.
Since we will probably be purchasing these supplements for decades... why not pay less and have them delivered to our door?
To learn about supplements that reinforce a diet of natural remedies for osteoporosis... visit Osteoporosis Treatment Guidelines.
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