The Calcium Challenge

calcium_kalesardinesI regularly get questions from patients about calcium. Do I need more? How much do I take? Can I take it just once a day? Should it have magnesium? Will it fix my osteoporosis? Lots of questions…

Well, I start by reminding patients that calcium isn’t just for bones. It’s required for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction/expansion, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. About 99% of your total body calcium is stored in bones and the remaining 1% is found throughout the body in muscle, cellular fluids and blood. It’s about 2% of your total body weight. If you don’t have a calcium-rich diet, your body will continue to extract calcium stored in your bones to meet your active daily needs. Continue reading “The Calcium Challenge”

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Osteoarthritis and Strontium

“I have spinal osteoarthritis and suffer from miserable back pain. What can I do to ease the pain?” According to Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of Pain Free 1-2-3!, 1200mg of calcium and 400 mg of magnesium are very important. Studies have shown that getting calcium and magnesium from a combination of foods and supplements is the best way to keep your bones strong. However, Teitelbaum also recommends the mineral strontium.

Osteoarthritis in the spine occurs when the cartilage surrounding the spine’s joints begins to deteriorate, causing pain when the bones rub over the roughened cartilage. A study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that 640 mg of daily strontium significantly reduced back pain by building bone density (and even prevented arthritic progression).

For additional pain relief, 400mg of willow bark is recommended. For more information on these supplements, contact Village Green Apothecary at 800-869-9159.

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