Most people’s only reference for the element strontium is strontium-90, a highly dangerous, radioactive product of nuclear fallout. However, directly below calcium on the periodic table of elements, lies element number 38, a stable, non-radioactive, version of strontium, which is non-toxic even in high doses and happens to be one of the most effective substances found so far for treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.
Trace amounts of strontium are found naturally in soil, and in appear in relatively high doses in foods such as spices, seafood, whole grains, root and leafy vegetables, and legumes. In the body strontium is found in the bones in a concentration of around 100 micrograms in every gram of bone. It is important for healthy bone growth and is part of the same chemical family as calcium and magnesium, two other minerals vital for healthy bones. Thus, supplementing with natural sources of strontium will make more of this vital natural element available for your bones.
Often the body’s bone cells are caught in a continuous cycle of growth and re-absorption (when the body runs low on minerals stored in bone); bone growth drugs or rock-based calcium supplements really only affect the resorption part of the cycle, but scientists have discovered that strontium’s unique method of action provides two functions in your bones. Strontium actually inhibits bone resorption while at he same time, stimulating bone growth. No other natural substance known to man provides this double effect.
Animal and human studies on strontium have been conducted since the early 1950s, and over the years these studies have shown strontium to have important bone health properties. Unfortunately, most recent studies on strontium have looked at strontium ranelate, a patentable, and t