Osteoporosis is a terribly pervasive disease. Today, the National Institute of Health estimates that half of all women and a quarter of all men over the age of fifty will break a bone because of osteoporosis. The disease quietly thins and weakens bones until they become so fragile that they break very easily. Because of the ‘silent’ nature of osteoporosis, it is extremely hard to catch – usually, people are unaware they are inflicted until they’re in the hospital with a fracture or broken bone.
Most of the risk factors for osteoporosis are frustratingly out of control: among these are getting older, being thin, being white or Asian, being female and/or having a family history of osteoporosis… Despite this large minefield of possible causes, a cure for osteoporosis is yet unknown!
French scientists have been testing the relationship between human bone cells and pearl since 1990. They discovered that when mother-of-pearl pieces were inserted into a layer of osteoblast cells, the bone cells multiplied until they formed a complete bone sequence. In another study in 2003, these scientists found that inserting pearl “tooth filling” inside sheep’s tooth cavity can make existing tooth stronger in addition to stimulating new tooth growth.
Chinese scientist Dr. Y Shen and colleagues discovered similar results in their own studies. They examined the bone-building power of pearl in a simulated culture of body fluid and cells. Not only did the pearl stimulate osteoblast proliferation, but when compared to another osteogenic calcium source, the pearl was more effective in building strong, healthy bone.
Furthermore, French scientists have shown that pearl can reduce the rate of bone resorption. Chinese scientists also showed that calcium from pearl is more easily absorbed to the human body than other commonly used calcium sources. Together, these studies show that pearl might be used effectively for treating and preventing osteoporosis. No drug can accomplish this today.