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Strontium in a hair analysis can provide valuable information about an individual's body burden of strontium and its correlation with calcium levels in body tissues. Strontium levels in hair can be influenced by both endogenous (internal) and exogenous (external) sources. Endogenous sources of strontium in hair originate from the body's strontium pools within blood and bones, while exogenous sources represent external environmental influences from aerosols, particulates, and environmental waters.

Hair strontium levels can be raised by external contamination, typically from hair treatment products like permanent solutions, dyes, or bleaches. Elevated strontium in hair due to these treatments is likely an artifact and may not accurately reflect the level of strontium in other tissues.

What does it mean if your Strontium result is too low?

Low strontium levels in hair analysis may signify a potential deficiency in strontium in the body. Strontium is a trace element that is known to closely correlate with calcium levels in body tissues. Here's what low strontium levels in hair analysis could indicate:

→ Strontium Deficiency: Low levels of strontium in hair may suggest that the individual is not getting an adequate amount of strontium through their diet or other sources. Strontium is important for bone health and may play a role in maintaining overall well-being.

→ Potential Calcium Imbalance: Since strontium levels often correlate with calcium levels in the body, low strontium levels could be associated with calcium imbalances. This can have implications for bone health and may increase the risk of bone-related issues.

It's important to note that interpreting hair analysis results, including strontium levels, should be done by healthcare professionals or experts in the field. The significance of low strontium levels can vary from person to person, and a comprehensive assessment of the individual's health and diet is necessary for a more accurate understanding of the implications.

Importance of Strontium: Strontium plays a role in bone health. It can substitute for calcium in the crystal lattice of hydroxyapatite, the mineral component of bones and teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures.

Sources of Strontium: Strontium can be obtained from dietary sources like seafood, whole grains, and some leafy vegetables. However, the primary source of strontium in the body is internal, as it is released from the breakdown of bones.

Strontium Supplements: Some individuals may consider taking strontium supplements to support bone health. However, it's essential to be cautious when using strontium supplements due to potential side effects, such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and headaches associated with certain forms of strontium, like strontium ranelate. Always consult a medical professional before starting any supplement regimen.

Controversy: There is debate over the use of strontium supplements. Some studies suggest that excessive strontium intake may increase fracture risk and have other adverse effects on bone health.

Safety Considerations: Strontium ranelate, a specific form of strontium, has been associated with serious side effects, including skin reactions, liver inflammation, and disturbances in thinking. It is not advised for bone health by some experts.

In summary, while strontium is essential for bone health, excessive intake or supplementation should be approached with caution due to potential side effects and controversies surrounding its use. It's important to consult a healthcare professional before considering strontium supplements.

What does it mean if your Strontium result is too high?

Hair usually reflects the body burden of Strontium (Sr), and Sr levels usually correlate with calcium levels in body tissue. However, hair levels of Sr can be raised by external contamination, usually from hair treatment products. Elevated Sr in hair treated with permanent solutions, dyes, or bleaches is likely to be an artifact of hair treatment and probably does not reflect the level of Sr in other tissues.

Diseases of excess Sr have not been reported, except for Sr rickets. In general, Sr excess is not of clinical concern in the U.S. It’s bad reputation comes from it’s radioactive isotopes which were widespread in the western U.S. as a result of nuclear testing in the 1950’s. Stable Sr (not radioactive Sr) is measured and reported by DDI.

Other tests indicative of Sr status or excess are measurements of Sr in whole blood, Sr/calcium ratio in blood, and Sr in urine.

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