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Osteovalin Strontium Supplement: Review

Osteovalin™ markets itself to people as the natural approach to bone health.  On its website, the Osteovalin distributor, Carter-Reed, states “If your doctor told you not to take Fosamax® or Boniva® because of possible side effects, don’t be discouraged.  Ask your doctor about OsteoValin…The All-New, All-Natural, Non-Prescription, Non-Drug, Bone-Health Breakthrough."

The Make-Up of Osteovalin
Osteovalin is a dietary supplement.  Interestingly, no supplement facts information is provided on the brand’s website.  Only through careful reading does one learn that the key ingredient in Osteovalin is strontium carbonate.  The product also contains quercetin and hesperidin, two plant-based flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants. However, no clinical evidence on bone health is mentioned on the Osteovalin website about the flavonoids. The focus is clearly on strontium.

The company also does not disclose the amount of strontium in its daily serving on Osteovalin website.  A review of the supplement facts table noted that a daily serving contains strontium, quercetin, hesperidin (1012 mg combined), vitamin K (80 mcg) and vitamin D (400 IU).  Other ingredients are rice flour, magnesium stearate, cellulose, and silicon dioxide.

The reason why strontium is not readily disclosed may be related to the price.  A month’s supply of Osteovalin sells for $29.99.  A month’s supply of a competitive strontium supplement, providing 680 mg of strontium daily, sells for under $10.

Strontium has a jaded reputation but is recommended by some health experts.  According an article by Ward Dean MD on worldhealth.net:

“Mention strontium to most people and they will almost always immediately think of strontium-90, a highly dangerous, radioactive component of nuclear fallout produced during atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in the 1950s. As a result of above-ground nuclear testing, radioactive strontium spread throughout the environment and contaminated dairy products and other foods, and subsequently accumulated in the bones of both children and adults. 

The media made us well aware that strontium-90 could cause our bones to become radioactive, causing cancer or some other horrible disease as a result. So, in the minds of many, strontium is a poison to be avoided, just like other toxic metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum.

However, stable strontium, meaning nonradioactive, is nontoxic, even when administered in large doses for prolonged periods. It also appears to be one of the most effective substances yet found for... bone-related conditions.

Furthermore, repeatedly administering stable strontium can even gradually eliminate radioactive strontium from the body. The stable form slowly replaces the radioactive form in bone, and radioactive strontium is excreted in the urine.”

Does the type of strontium make a difference? Research suggests no. Bone loss and fracture risk studies have been conducted involving strontium lactate, strontium carbonate, or strontium ranelate, a prescription drug.

What should be clear is that Osteovalin – or any strontium supplement -- is not a substitute for a calcium supplement.  Calcium, especially a clinically proven bone-builder such as AdvaCAL , used in early life can help build a strong skeleton for ones later years..  Carter-Reed states: “OsteoValin is not a calcium replacement. OsteoValin is a necessary addition to your bone health regimen."   Because it competes with calcium absorption, do not take any strontium supplement at the same time as calcium.  That includes premium priced versions of strontium such as Osteovalin.