What is Strontium?

What is Strontium?

Strontium is element number 38 on the periodic table, with the symbol Sr. It is not found in free form in nature, but exists as part of other compounds. It is a soft metal (softer than calcium.) either yellowish or white in color, and is highly chemically reactive. When exposed to air, the metal turns yellow. The name comes from Strontian, the place in Scotland where the metal was discovered. Genuine strontium is stable, but synthetic forms of the element are radioactive, with a half life of 28.90 years. The element is used in many applications, and is produced in supplement form, to treat a variety of medical conditions, including osteoporosis.

Forms of Strontium

  • Supplements: Strontium is available in many different supplement forms for those who want to include it in their diet.
  • Mineral Compounds: Strontium is naturally found in a variety of mineral compounds on the earth.
  • Liquid: Liquid strontium supplements are available for those who cannot take pills, or want to work it into the diet through food and drink.
  • Powder: Powdered strontium is available for the production of supplements in pill form.

Strontium Uses

Strontium is used in the diet to help strengthen bones, as a treatment for osteoporosis.

In addition, it can be used as a cancer treatment, when the radioactive isotope is used.

In manufacturing, it is used with glass to make the cathodes in TV tubes. Some compounds may also be used in toothpastes and other commerical products.

Read through this site to learn more about how Strontium can make a difference in your health.