Menopausal women who are concerned about osteoporosis and bone loss may have a new ally. The Chinese herbs known as Mu Li, concha ostreae, concha margarita or oyster shell has been found to prevent change of bone mass in rats. Oyster shell is often ground into a fine powder and cooked with other Chinese herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). You can find Mu Li in our iSleep Herb Pack because this shell is well know for its calming properties and ability to help with sleeplessness.
In Geneva, Switzerland on May 29, UPI reported a treatment with bisphosphonates — drugs that offset bone loss associated with menopause — may be linked to femur fractures. Dr. Raphael P. H. Meier and colleagues from University Hospitals of Geneva and Faculty of Medicine in Switzerland evaluated the association between bisphosphonate treatment and atypical femoral fractures in 477 patients age 50 and older who were hospitalized with a subtrochanteric or femoral shaft fracture at a single university medical center.
Compared with patients without fractures, use of bisphosphonates was associated with a 47 percent reduction in the risk of classic fracture.
"We have demonstrated that the association between bisphosphonate treatment and the occurrence of atypical fractures of the femur is highly likely and that the duration of such treatment significantly correlates with augmented risk," the authors said in a statement.
Oyster shell calcium, when prepared in a Chinese herb formula maybe an easy and inexpensive answer for women as they age.
The above findings were published online in Archives of Internal Medicine.