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Osteoporosis - which supplements to take?

Discussion in 'Skeleton, Skin, Muscles, Hair, Teeth, and Nails' started by maryb, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

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    Have been diagnosed with osteoporosis today - it was osteopenia 3yrs ago but I just stuck my head in the sand:( Doc has prescribed Fossamax and adcal (calc carbonate + vitd3) I don't fancy either

    Can anyone reccomend any supplements? I know I looked at a algae and strontium combo a while back for my auntie but can't remember the name, I wouldn't take algae though. I'm sensitive to a lot of stuff so will maybe try strontium on its own plus a good mineral supp if I can find one.
    Your advice and info be appreciated.
  2. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I take strontium on its own along with some other bone-protections supplements. Susan Brown Ph.D. has a good blog on bones--presents all the options. http://www.betterbones.com/?id=30&c... e brown phd&gclid=CMH0__PHt7kCFZE7Mgod338AmQ

    Personally I wouldn't go near Fosamax or any of that class of drugs. Long term studies don't show benefit and do show some scary side-effects.

    Sushi
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    thanks I had a quick look at the site, will go back tomorrow - I can probably get my doc to prescribe strontium ranelate - but will have to source other supps.
    Which do you take? I'd love a combo that I could tolerate but maybe thats not possible for me.
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I don't take the drug form just 2 caps a day of the supplemental form: http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-strontium-680-mg-per-serving-120-vegetarian-capsules

    You might want to research the drug form of strontium. It is not available in the US (or wasn't last time I checked) but I think there were some side-effects reported in Europe.

    I once put together all the supplements that were recommended for bones (they are probably listed on that site) and now I just take them with my other supplements and forget which are for bones! :confused:

    Sushi
  5. maryb

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    thanks for the strontium link - yes its true a lot of different supps for bones plus what else we need to take, makes you dizzy, I appreciate you taking the time:)
  6. perchance dreamer

    perchance dreamer Senior Member

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    MaryB, when I got an osteoporosis diagnosis several years ago, my nutritionist recommended strontium and calcium from algae. He thinks that's the most well-absorbed form.

    I take this one from Vitamin Code's Grow Bone:

    http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Life-V...UTF8&qid=1378506498&sr=1-1&keywords=grow bone

    The nice thing about this is that it has a calcium supplement with supporting vitamins and minerals and a separate strontium supplement. You take the strontium hours apart from the calcium.

    In addition, I use Vitamin K2 drops from Thorne and Jarrowsil, which is a type of silicon. I also take a separate magnesium malate/glycinate supplement as well as magnesium oil spray.

    I also do exercises for bone density.

    I'm overdue for a bone density followup, but about 1/1/2 years ago I had a followup test and had gained 6% improvement in my upper spine. My lumbar had not improved, but it didn't get any worse, either.

    The tech said the 6% was really good, considering I don't do the bone drugs.

    Good luck!
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  7. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    Vitamin K2/MK4 at 45 mg/day...Vit D3 as well.

    Make sure your estrogen levels are well above 0. 40-60 min in pg/mL.

    Yuck to Fosamax! Not in a million years.

    Ema
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  8. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    I was recently diagnosed with osteopenia (lumbar spine) and osteoporosis (hips). My upper spine was not scanned. My doctor recommended a bone supplement - OsteoPrev by Ortho Molecular Products.

    It contains:
    Vitamin D3
    Vitamin K1 & K2 (MK7)
    Folic Acid
    Calcium
    Phosphorus
    Magnesium
    Selenium
    Copper
    Manganese
    Molybdenum
    Ipriflavone
    Boron

    I was surprised that it only contains 500 mg calcium per day. I was horrified that it contains folic acid. I am one of the nearly four fifths of older women who cannot convert folic acid. I am having to try to find all of the ingredients in approximately the amounts specified except substitute folinic acid for folic acid. It is a pain.

    Since you are farther along into osteoporosis, this may not be sufficient for you.
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  9. maryb

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    I did look at this - bothered about the algae?? being so sensitive, but the only way to try is buy!!!
    I'm trying to cobble together stuff in my supp cupboard until I decide on a product, got calcium orotate, magnesium, selenium and bits of other stuff - thanks for the K2 reminder Ema. Its been really helpful thanks all.
    Little Bluestem
    thanks for the link - they do another product Pro Bono which looks okay but still has the folic acid - I won't know until I have my 23and me results analysed whether I can take the folic acid so will wait a bit longer before jumping in.
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    Really sorry to hear this Maryb - me too with this diagnosis. I've taken a lot of stuff in my time., but can no longer take most of the osteoporosis type supps because my kidney's are calcifying. I also worry about the effects of both calcium and magnesium on biofilm infections. I refused the drugs. Dr Myhill is keen on strontium supplementation.
    Green leafy veg would seem to be the order of the day, and whatever weight-bearing stuff you can do, however little.
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    My mom, who had ME/CFS, had a problem with one of the bone drugs (might have been Fosamax, not sure). Anyway, it was an injection that you would get twice a year. She felt horrible from it for six months. Of course, the doc said she had never heard of that happening before.

    If you're on an SSRI, there is recent research showing that it's stored in your bones and thus can cause osteoporosis. After you stop taking the med, it can take a year to come back out of your bones.

    Note: if you do decide to get off an SSRI, you need to be very cautious. You need to taper very slowly - 10% of the previous dose every 3-6 weeks is a safe schedule. I'm actually going a little slower than this - 10% every 8 weeks. And yes, it may take several years to get safely off these drugs. Doc don't know about this and will give too fast of a taper schedule potentially causing a horrible withdrawal syndrome. See the Paxil Progress forum for more info.
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  12. maryb

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    thanks - I'm not on any SSrIs - only zopiclone.
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    Sherlock bicarb for exercise recovery and taming candida

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    Thanks for that link @Sherlock - its such a problem for those of us who don't want to take calcium products.
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  16. Sherlock

    Sherlock bicarb for exercise recovery and taming candida

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    I seem to recall a youtube talk where the research-based claim was that more calcium led to more osteoporosis. So not taking calcium might not necessarily be bad. IIRC, the talk was from an MD, maybe Michael Greger the vegan. If I come across that again, I'll post it.
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  17. SickOfSickness

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    I'm against regular calcium supplements. I have not looked into algae based calcium.

    From a study of 45mg daily MK4: "Over the two year period there were 30 new fractures (30.3%) in the women who did not take the MK4, and only 13 fractures (10.9%) in the women who did supplement with 45 mg/day of MK4."

    My MK4 capsules are only 5mg, I think most are 5mg or lower :(
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  18. maryb

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    I'm still on the hunt for a supplement to take. I've been juicing kale, lettuce and carrots for a couple of months, taking parsley as well as using transdermal minerals. This is okay whilst I'm feeling well, but washing, preparing veg, rubbing the minerals in, its just been too much recently and I realise I'm not well enough to continue this constantly.
    So its back to looking at the algaecal supplements, I have MCS and severe intolerances, many of these products have numerous additions to calcium so just wondering if anyone in the same position as me has tried any of them?
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    No-one?
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    adreno 3% neanderthal

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