Twelve-month daily alkali therapy with potassium citrate supplements resulted in a nearly 2% increase in lumbar spine and hip bone mineral density (BMD) in a small randomized controlled trial of postmenopausal women with osteopenia. These results, published in the October 2006 issue of the Journal of American Society of Nephrology, suggest that citrate partially reverses the high acidity of the modern Western diet and that this promotes better skeletal health, the researchers, led by Sigrid Jehle, MD, at the Department of Medicine, University of Basel in Bruderholz/Basel, Switzerland, write.
“We showed that BMD was significantly increased in the lumbar spine and the hip after 12 months of a very modest amount of alkali (30 mmol of inexpensive K [potassium] citrate daily) in postmenopausal women with low bone mass (T scores at the lumbar spine of -1 to -4). This was achieved with virtually no side effects.”
The women were randomized to receive tablets of potassium citrate or potassium chloride (3 times 10 mmol daily), and all subjects also received calcium carbonate (500 mg of calcium) and 400 IU of vitamin D3 daily. They were instructed to maintain their current eating and exercise habits.
Inclusion criteria were women who were nonvegetarians, at least 5 years postmenopausal, younger than 70 years of age, and had T scores at lumbar spine L2 to L4 of -1 to -4.
Women were instructed to continue their self-selected diet and exercise regimen. 89 women were randomized to 10 mmol of trivalent potassium citrate in 3 daytime doses, yielding 30 mmol of potassium and 30 mmol of base (bicarbonate) daily, and 92 to 30 mmol of potassium chloride. Both groups received calcium carbonate containing 500 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily.
I’ve been telling women since 1986, when early FDA studies on bone drugs were compared to the known benefits/response of taking potassium carbonate, that you can achieve the same or BETTER response WITHOUT the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, simply by taking potassium carbonate.
Now we can improve on this by taking liquid bioavailable minerals containing silica which works synergystically with potassium carbonate. Just one dropper twice a day is all you need. Here’s to better bone health!