What is Strontium?
Celestite is the sulfate salt of Strontium, Strontium Sulfate. It is the most prevalent naturally occurring form of Strontium, a trace element, and the precursor to other strontium compounds. T
he low aqueous solubility of strontium sulfate leads to the process through which Strontium ions are suspended in water. (1.)
The suspension of Strontium in mineral water is very common.
Lately there has been a flurry of press on Strontium, Strontium supplements and Osteoporosis. After being asked about Strontium as it relates to bone health so many times, I thought I would dig into the science for everyone.
Strontium renelate and Osteoporosis
Strontium ranelate is a chemical compound originally developed for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. It is not a naturally occurring Strontium compound but a prescription drug. Strontium, the trace element, is taken up by bone, primarily through a physical mechanism, and associated with limited calcium exchange in calcium hydroxyapatite. Although its mechanism of action is not entirely clear, Strontium is believed to act with calcium to release the transmitter in bone production. Strontium ranelate (orally 2 grams/daily) was found to reduce vertebral fractures by 40% and non-vertebral fractures by 16% in two studies (3.). Originally available in Europe, Canada and Asia Strontium relanate has been discontinued as it is not well tolerated and in some cases thought to cause heart and circulation problems. In some events of severe Osteoporosis it can be used if no pre-exiting heart issues exist. (6.)
Neurotransmitters and baths
Other studies have shown (2.) that in ingested calcium-free strontium solutions, nerve impulses invade the motor nerves at the neuromuscular junction, but fail to release transmitter. More effectively, Strontium ions applied by bath application, restored to the nerve impulse its ability to release the transmitter.
In Canada, strontium is a mineral and classified as a natural health product ingredient. It is found in licensed natural health products in various salt forms, including strontium citrate, strontium lactate, and strontium gluconate.
Canada's Health board reviewed and determined that strontium is the only component of any strontium salt combinations that plays an active role in the body. As noted from studies the most effective Strontium use is in a bath application.
Absorbing Strontium naturally
Strontium occurs naturally in mineral water and found famous mineral water and spas around the world. These mineral waters are used in a "bath application" for health and healing purposes. In the United States, spa therapy is considered a luxury, but in many other cultures, soaking in mineral-infused waters is a crucial part of general healthcare practices. Germany has the most comprehensive spa culture in the Western world, including 21 day visits to health spas, fully covered by public health insurance. German citizens are entitled to these stays, if prescribed by a doctor, in order to treat chronic conditions.
Examples of Strontium content is the spring water from various springs in Saratoga Springs (4.
) In mg/l quantities, the Strontium content is 5-24. The thermal water in Wiesbaden Germany has a similar Strontium content (5.)
Many reasons to soak in minerals
Recognizing so many have compromised gut flora and the need to absorb minerals in other ways, Heiner Fruehauf, Founding Professor, College of Classical Chinese Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine "In Chinese medicine, the Small Intestine channel network is called Taiyang Ocean Water, which (among other things) is a reference to its function of absorbing minerals. At the same time, this functional network governs both the mucous membranes inside the anatomical small intestine and the skin layer. This does indeed mean that minerals can be absorbed in both ways. I think it is a great idea to think of ways (like mineral baths) to absorb nutrients in non-internal ways when internal absorption is compromised."
Ohm to the rescue
In an effort to replicate natural mineral water (including those chocked full of Strontium for bone health) from mineral spas, I studied various springs’ around the world and their specific mineral content and chemistry. When these minerals are properly sourced, carefully combined, and finely ground, just a small amount can supercharge your bath with needed trace minerals.
Our Strontium rich products
Our Ohm baths Elements and SpringH2O have the same percentage of Strontium as the famous waters they were designed to replicate. Our KAPOW! a topical favorite of many, allows one to rub a small amount directly onto the skin.
Another interesting method of transdermal mineral absorption popularized in the age of Covid is mineral diffusing. This allows the minerals to permeate the air around you and absorb through your skin and breath.
Ruth Findlay is a geochemist and wellness specialist who studied Traditional Chinese Medicine under Dr. Heiner Fruehauf (She focuses on rebalancing the body by addressing mineral deficiencies. She is the founder of Ohm, Only Healing Minerals (http://ohmstateofmind.com).
3. Meunier PJ, Boux C, Seeman E, et al. The effects of strontium ranelate on the risk of vertebral fracture in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. N ENgl J Med. 2004;350:459–468