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Saturday, April 25, 2009 Naomi, Community Member, asks

Q: EZorb

HI

Has anyone tried the Ezorb for osteoporosis?

I was doing a web search for osteoporosis and this pop up under natural treatment

Innocent Naomi

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
4/25/09 7:21pm

Hi Naomi:  I've never tried Ezorb, so I can't tell you if the type of calcium the company uses is more absorbable than any others.  Here's an article on Calcium from our Expert Dr. Neil Gonter.  He explains how each of us have individual needs when it comes to taking calcium, so try reading this explanation and see if it helps.  Some of us have trouble absorbing it, and some have other problems, like constipation, gas, etc., but we are all unique in the way our bodies react to calcium as far as side effects go.

 

Here's another link from HealthBoards on a discussion among members who were taking this brand of calcium that might give you more information.  The above link has several threads on Ezorb so you should get a wide variety of opinions on those taking this type of calcium.

 

Calcium is very important for osteoporosis and other health issues, but I wouldn't try to rely on it alone if I had osteoporosis.  Hopefully our members taking Ezorb will join the conversation.

 

Good luck...

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siz113, Community Member
4/26/09 7:53am

I bought EZorb, out of fear of Fosamax, but upon doing research the success stories are very anecdotal. No testing. No doctors giving rave reviews. The description of getting calcium using nanotechnology is impressive, but I think that is the idea. I don't think your body cares or recognizes how the calcium was extracted and just because the source of the calcium was natural doesn't mean there is scientific proof that there is any bone building. EZorb is sold solely through private distributors much like a Ponzi scheme. The distributor I bought my EZorb from was very nice, seemed to work out of his home and truly believed in the miracle of EZorb and I think that is the danger of UndecidedEZorb. Nice seller does not mean an effective medical treatment. I'll try it but I want to warn people that they need to consider medical treatment (I haven't yet. I just was diagnosed and I am still doing research.) Supposedly alcohol is a big no-no for osteoporosis and perhaps caffeine is bad also. Weight bearing excercise may preserve or build bones. I hear Tai Chi is good also and for those like me that don't like classes, walking every day or at least 3 times a week helps too.

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
4/28/09 5:39pm

Hi siz:  You hit the nail on the head explaining how these companies appeal to us.  We are always looking for the best and in the process may be fooled.  I'm not saying Ezorb isn't all they claim, but the research seems rather lacking.  Like you said:  "The description of getting calcium using nanotechnology is impressive, but I think that is the idea."  It sounds good but what does it really mean as far as calcium absorption goes, does nanotechnology really help to assimilate the calcium as it enters the body???

 

Also, "Nice seller does not mean an effective medical treatment. I'll try it but I want to warn people that they need to consider medical treatment."  Oh so true...

 

Thanks for your delightful honesty and input!!

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phyllis, Community Member
4/26/09 4:49pm

Hi Naomi, I have never tried Ezorb, but know of some who think its a very good product.  I tend to think if something is touted as the best thing there are 2 ways to look at it. It's either as good as its claimed to be or someone is doing a heck of a selling job.  Its another one of those try and see how it works for you.  We are all different so what works for one may not be the best for someone else. 

 

If you are looking for an option other than the current drugs i do have a suggestion for you that has shown to be effective in both improved density and fewer fractures.  Its a natural supplement called strontium citrate, that can be ordered online or in some stores.  I've been taking it for almost 3 years,  have seen improvements in my density and have had no side effects.  The information below is an article that will explain more about it...take care...phyllis

 

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By Hoffman Center Staff


Other than while studying the periodic table of elements, my first knowledge of strontium occurred while reading Dr. Wright's Guide to Healing with Nutrition, a wonderful book written in 1971 as a treatise for medical students that ended up being a popular press book. Dr. Jonathan Wright discussed how radio active strontium 90 could be found in human bone, and could prevent the absorption of calcium in bone, and lead to cancer. Of course this was of concern in the 1950's when above ground nuclear testing was in vogue. As a young student in nutrition 10 years ago, I actually pondered while reading that information "I wonder what non-radioactive strontium would do to bone?"

Strontium has been safely used as a medicinal substance for more than a hundred years. It was first listed in Squire's Companion to the British Pharmacopoeia in 1884. Subsequently, strontium was used therapeutically in the United States and Europe. As late as 1955, strontium compounds were still listed in the Dispensatory of the United States of America.

The processes of bone resorption and formation are tightly governed by a variety of systemic and local regulatory agents. In addition, minerals and trace elements affect bone formation and resorption through direct or indirect effects on bone cells or bone mineral. Some trace elements closely chemically related to calcium, such as strontium have pharmacological effects on bone when present at levels higher than those required for normal cell physiology. The human body contains approximately 320 to 400 mg of strontium in bone, and connective tissue. If we look at clinical studies, indeed, strontium was found to exert several effects on bone cells. In addition to its antiresorptive activity, strontium was found to have anabolic activity in bone, and thus may have significant beneficial effects on bone balance in normal and osteopenic animals. Accordingly, strontium has been thought to have potential in the treatment of osteoporosis.

In a three-year, randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study using 680 milligrams of strontium daily, women suffering from osteoporosis experienced a 41 percent reduction in risk of a vertebral fracture, compared with placebo. And, overall vertebrae density in the strontium group increased by 11.4 percent but there was a 1.3 percent decrease in the placebo group.

In a second study, 353 women who had suffered at least one vertebral fracture due to osteoporosis took varying levels of a prescription medication for of strontium referred to as strontium ranelate or a placebo. The women who took 680 milligrams of strontium daily had an increase in lumbar bone mineral density of approximately 3 percent per year, significantly greater than placebo. By the second year of the study, there was a significant decrease in additional fractures in the strontium group as compared with the placebo group.

These studies, the benefits of strontium ranelate (reducing fracture risk by as much as 50%) and the history of strontium in medical practice were discussed as an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, January 29th, 2004.

Further, scientists are looking into the benefits of strontium for osteoarthritis because researchers hypothesized that strontium might also improve cartilage metabolism, and for dental caries since 10% of subjects that had no dental carries in a 10 year study sponsored by the US Navy, resided in a small town that had unusually high levels of strontium in the municipal water supply.

Strontium is available as strontium carbonate, strontium chloride, strontium sulfate, strontium gluconate and strontium citrate. In clinical research strontium gluconate was absorbed better than strontium carbonate. It is my clinical opinion that strontium citrate is absorbed better than the other forms of this mineral.

Remember that strontium is very closely related to calcium. They both utilize the same carrier protein for transport. Calcium will win this tug of war effortlessly. The take home message is to take strontium 4 hours away from Calcium (preferably other minerals as well) before bed. Currently, I dose strontium at 681mg in one dose prior to bed (each strontium citrate capsule contains 227mg of pure strontium citrate = 3 capsules) on an empty stomach (defined as 2 hours after a meal).

Additional articles:
Ostera, A Novel Approach to Osteoporosis
Natural approach to preventing osteoporosis by Hoffman Center Staff.

References

1.Marie PJ, Ammann P, Boivin G, Rey C., Mechanisms of action and therapeutic potential of strontium in bone Calcif Tissue Int. 2001 Sep;69(3):121-9.

2. McCaslin, F.E., Jr., and Janes, J.M. The effect of strontium lactate in the treatment of osteoporosis. Proc Staff Meetings Mayo Clin, 1959, 34:329-334.

3. Marie, P.J., and Hott, M. Short-term effects of fluoride and strontium on bone formation and resorption in the mouse. Metabolism, 1986, 35:547-551.

4.Marie, P.J., Skoryna, S.C., Pivon, R.J., Chabot, G., Glorieux, F.H., Stara, J.F. Histomorphometry of bone changes in stable strontium therapy. In: Trace substances in environmental health XIX, edited by D.D. Hemphill, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1985, 193-208.

5. Meunier, P.J., Slosman, D.O., Delmas, P.D., Sebert, J.L., Brandi, M.L., Albanese, C., Lorenc, R., Pors-Nielsen, S., De Vernejoul, M.C., Roces, A., Reginster J.Y. Strontium ranelate: dose-dependent effects in established postmenopausal vertebral osteoporosis-a 2-year randomized placebo controlled trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, May 2002; 87(5):2060-6.

6. Meunier, P.J., Roux, C., Seeman, E., Ortolani, S., Badurski, J.E., Spector, T.D., Cannata, J., Balogh, A., Lemmel, E.M., Pors-Nielsen, S., Rizzoli R., Genant, H.K., Reginster J.Y. The effects of strontium ranelate on the risk of vertebral fracture in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis, N Engl J Med, 2004, Jan 29;350(5):459-68.

7. Gaby, A.R. Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis, Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1994.

8. Henrotin Y., Labasse A., Zheng S.X., Galais P., Tsouderos Y., Crielaard J.M., Reginster J.Y. Strontium ranelate increases cartilage matrix formation. J Bone Miner Res, 2001, Feb; 16(2):299-308.

9. Hall, D.A. The Ageing of Connective Tissue, Academic Press, San Francisco, 1976.

10. Reginster, J.Y., Deroisy, R., Dougados, M., Jupsin, I., Colette, J., Roux, C. Prevention of early postmenopausal bone loss by strontium ranelate: the randomized, two-year, double-masked, dose-ranging, placebo-controlled PREVOS trial. Osteoporos Int, 2002, Dec;13(12): 925-31.

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
4/28/09 5:44pm

Hi Phyllis:  Thanks for including the option of Strontium Citrate to our readers.  A lot are looking for a natural treatment, and besides calcium, vitamin D, Fosteum, and some other bone vitamins there isn't much else to choose from.

 

Exercise is vital, but unfortunately a lot of us have injuries or limitations that prevent some of the weight bearing exercises we need to do.  For those that this applies to just remember you can break up walking and other exercises into segments, that make it easier on injuries, by doing 10 minutes of walking several times a day.  We don't have to do all of it at once, especially if you can't, or if it increases the pain.

 

Thanks for your time and input!!

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Kate, Community Member
12/ 7/11 10:25am

Hi,

 

I am just reading this discussion now. There are two forms of calcium that DO have peer reviewed journal articles: advacal and algaecal .

 

There are  summaries of these studies at www.osteopenia3.com  - a site about reversing osteoporosis and osteopenia. (Has a whole section on natural treatments.0

 

Kate

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SUZY, Community Member
4/ 7/11 4:33pm

WOW these comments are very long. I will try to make it short.

To have strong bone you must get out and walk - its great for the bones and according to all the latest studies you need to wear a weight vest that is where the real bone density building comes in . try one made for women by

WWW.NYKNYC.COM 

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adrian, Community Member
3/ 5/10 6:47pm

My sister said that her physiacl therapist highly recommended this.I did research on it to find out exactly what is in it cause my stomach is sensitive to meds,but had no luck on that.I wanted to make sure there was no MSM in it.

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adrian, Community Member
3/ 5/10 7:06pm

I actually found the ingredients to this looks like there is not much in there.Curious to find out if this works,I will keep all posted as soon as my sister takes it.But than again everyone is different.

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