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Dentists Aren't the Only Ones Recommending Fluoride


For years we've been hearing about how fluoride can help protect your teeth. Fluoride toothpaste, fluoride mouthwash, fluoride supplements -- we even make sure there's enough fluoride in the public water supply to promote optimal dental health. While all this fluoride's been keeping our teeth healthy, it may be helping our bones stay sturdy and strong, too.



A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined 200 women with osteoporosis (a condition causing "holes" in the bone -- think of Swiss cheese) to assess the effect of fluoride in reducing fracture rates. The women received daily supplements of fluoride with calcium (a known bone strengthener) or calcium alone for four years. Fewer patients in the fluoride/calcium group suffered fractures during the study period compared with the calcium-alone group, demonstrating the added benefit of fluoride.

Osteoporosis is a painful and disabling condition that affects thousands (especially postmenopausal women) each year. Previous studies have suggested that moderate exercise and calcium supplementation may help strengthen bones and protect against fractures. Now you can add fluoride to that list. Ask your chiropractor for more information.

Reference:

Reginster JY, Meurmans L, Zegels B, et al. The effect of sodium monofluorophosphate plus calcium on vertebral fracture rate in postmenopausal women with moderate osteoporosis. Annals of Internal Medicine, July 1, 1998, vol.129/no.1, pp1-8.

For additional information on nutrition, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/nutrients.html

   

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