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The Missing Mineral in Strong Bones

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 06/24/2021


Find out how this interesting trace mineral can support healthy bones!


0:00 Introduction

0:20 Strontium: the powerful trace mineral for bone health

1:00 Studies on strontium

1:30 Other nutrients for bone health

2:00 Strontium in microplankton

3:46 How to bulletproof your immune system 

In this video, we’re going to talk about the best mineral for strengthening your bones. If you have osteopenia or osteoporosis and you want to strengthen your bones, this video is for you.

The missing mineral that many people need to strengthen their bones is strontium. Strontium is a powerful trace mineral. Trace minerals are minerals you need in very small amounts. This is unlike calcium, which you need a lot of for strong bones.

You need strontium and calcium in a 1:1000 ratio.

Studies show that strontium can decrease the risk of bone fractures by up to 41%.

If you have a bone problem, strontium could be a powerful addition to your protocol along with:

• Calcium

• Vitamin D3

• Vitamin K2

• Magnesium

Strontium is also involved in a specific type of microplankton called acantaarian. Unlike other forms of plankton, acantaarian plankton does not fossilize—they dissolve in saltwater. This is why one good source of strontium is sea salt.


Study 1 2000-2004: This was a three-year, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, which is considered the "gold standard" for scientific research. Its results were reported in 2004. In a 3-phase trial, researchers randomly assigned 1649 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis to a strontium or placebo group. The strontium group were given 2 gm of oral strontium ranelate per day or placebo for three years. (This supplement contains 750 mg or 1/3 that dose.) Those in the strontium group experienced a 41% reduction in risk of a vertebral fracture, compared with no reduction for the study participants who were given a placebo. In addition, participants receiving strontium experienced an increase of bone mineral density at month 36 by 14.4% at the lumbar spine and 8.3% at the femoral neck, which the placebo group did not.

Study 2 in 2008: This study followed on the heels of two other large double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. Researchers concluded that strontium decreases the risk of vertebral fractures by 41% over 3 years and by 49% within the first year of treatment. It also decreases the risk of non-vertebral fractures by 16% over three years and for high-risk patients, the risk of hip fracture is decreased by an astounding 36% over 3 years. In 5-year followups of these double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, researchers found that the anti-fracture protection of strontium continues over time. Even better, the effectiveness of strontium is not adversely affected by a number of significant variables, including: age, previous number of vertebral fractures, obesity, family history of osteoporosis, and smoking. The supplement was found to be extremely safe, with none of the horrible side effects of prescription drugs for osteoporosis.

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