Osteopenia Remedies

| Modified on Apr 25, 2021

Treating osteopenia involves boosting the bone mineral density. Natural options for treatment include a variety of minerals and mineral rich supplements. In addition to a healthy, balanced diet, supplements can effectively treat osteopenia.

What is Osteopenia?

Osteopenia is a condition defined as lower than normal bone mineral density. The mineral density associated with osteopenia is low compared to peak levels however still higher than that labeled as osteoporosis. The condition has no symptoms although the risk for bone breakage or fracture may be greater than normal.

Osteopenia is a condition that typically develops with age. While some individuals may naturally have a predisposition to a lower bone density; however, several other factors contribute to osteopenia. Eating disorders, metabolism issues, chemotherapy and other medications as well as exposure to radiation may contribute to low bone density. Additionally, being thing, Caucasian or Asian, getting limited exercise, smoking, drinking cola and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol also contribute to osteopenia.

Natural Remedies for Low Bone Mineral Density

Osteopenia treatments include remedies that boost bone mineral density. Vitamin D and calcium are two of the most important supplements. Additionally, exercise helps maintain strong bones and reverse the symptoms of osteopenia.


Calcium is one of the most important bone-building minerals. A calcium supplement fortifies the bones and aids in a number of other bodily processes.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps the body absorb and utilize calcium. A calcium supplement is only effective if the body has an appropriate level of vitamin D, so taking a vitamin D supplement is also important.


Exercise is one of the most important components of maintaining strong bones. Bone forms and grows in response to physical stress, so weight-bearing exercises help build and rebuild bones. Walking, hiking, dancing and light weight lifting are all effective exercises for treating osteopenia.

Osteopenia is a condition characterized by lower than normal bone mineral density. A condition that increases in risk over time, osteopenia can be managed and treated effectively using supplements and other natural treatment methods.

Osteopenia Remedies

Posted by Gertjr (Madison) on 09/02/2020

Just a general question:

I have been told that I have osteopenia (bone thinning) and 'high' cholesterol. I know that leafy greens will help both issues. I think my dairy kefir will help both, too. Anything else? I avoid raw because of my ibs-d but can do a small amount. I supplement with gelatin and whey protein, horsetail, niacin (helps sleep, too), zinc, raw vitamins, D3 + K, raw calcium, triple calm magnesium. I do all my own cooking, avoid carbs and fried/fatty foods. My downfall is ice cream and, since my husband passed recently, have over indulged. This will now stop. I lift weights 3 times/wk and twice/wk I swim at least a mile.

My summer garden was a failure (due to hubbies illness), but my fall garden is coming up great and I'll have fresh brocolli, cauliflower, spinach, peas, kohlrabi, carrots and beets fairly soon. So, what should I add? Avoid? Sleep is still a big issue for me, but somewhat better since I'm following Art's melatonin protocol. (Thanks, Art) All you folks here at EC are great and so helpful. Thank you all.

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Hi Gertjr,

I think of osteopenia in the same light as pre-diabetes to diabetes, but in this case, it would be osteopenia to osteoporosis with osteoporosis be the more advanced and the worse of the two.

I do not see boron or strontium on your list and of course you don't want to forget 5 dried plums (prunes) a day as outlined here:


and here:


Re the IBS-d :

Be careful with the melatonin with this as some people are sensitive to melatonin and it may push the d aspect at higher dosing.

Lecithin granules will lower cholesterol as outlined here, but I generally recommend more initially than this study used :


Good luck and please keep us posted on your results!



Hey Art, Love your suggestions but are wondering about the sugar in the prunes. I am trying to avoid sugar. Is there anything to replace prunes? You are the best Art.

Replied by Gertjr

Art-thanks for the prune recommendation. I had forgotten to mention that I do the pinch of borax in my water daily except weekends. I can definitely add prunes, I love them. Also, I have sunflower lecithin on hand. Had forgotten about that remedy. I'll update my cholesterol numbers when I next get them in 6 months. I think my ratios are good, triglycerides are higher than they should be (been hitting the ice cream, so totally my fault), so I'll just have to discipline myself. Thanks.

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Hi Gertjr,

One of my friend's husband developed osteoporosis. His dentist, who's wife had osteoporosis from bone cancer, had researched and found a good way to reverse the bone loss was to use a rebounder most days. You need only bounce for 6-8 minutes each day, and your feet don't even need to leave the rebounder.

By doing this most days, her husband has gone from osteoporosis back to osteopenia, and hopes to reverse it to normal. I also have osteoporosis and find the rebounder easy to do while I watch TV. I bought one with a handrail for stability, the same as my friend. It sounds like you are already doing a good job with exercise and food choices, but this is just one more thing that is easy to add, regardless of weather, and doesn't cost too much or take a lot of time each day. I didn't buy one of the expensive models, neither did my friend, and it works just fine. Best wishes!

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Yes, there are replacements for prunes as relates to osteopenia and yes, prunes have a fairly high sugar content, but that has to be considered in the context of all the health value of prunes. Prunes also have a significant level of fiber which tends to offset the negative impact of the sugar content.

Other supplements to consider are vitamin K2, magnesium, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, strontium, potassium, boron/borax, and weight bearing exercises to name a few.

Before you cross dried plums off your list though, you might want to read this easy to follow article discussing its use for bone health and recovery:


Good luck!