6 Foods To Avoid For Osteoporosis

Nutrition / November 25, 2015

Globally, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures a year.

That means, there’s an osteoporotic fracture happening every 3 seconds.

That’s terrible.

Osteoporosis is also estimated to affect over 200 million women worldwide. It’s a globally common condition that CAN be prevented through a good osteoporosis diet, regular physical activity and supplementation to make up for the shortfall.

So with that in mind, we thought it would be good to put together a list of foods to avoid while on the road to preventing osteoporosis. Keeping away from these foods will not only improve your bone density, but they’ll also better your health overall.

1. Cola-Type SodasFoods to Avoid - Cola

Cola-type sodas appear to have a damaging effect on bone density. Phosphoric acid seems to be of blame. Now you may be thinking, I thought phosphorus is good for you? And yes, that is true, sort of. Phosphorous is an essential mineral for cell structure and function, but when consumed in excess, it has adverse effects on metabolism and health. And excess is what recent research has shown is what the Standard American Diet provides. Americans consume far more phosphorous daily than what is recommended. Some even exceed an adult’s tolerable upper limit!  It was found that people who regularly drank cola-based sodas (3 or more per day) had as much as 4% lower bone mineral density!

2. Sugar

There are many health issues associated with excess sugar consumption: it elevates blood, increases triglycerides and LDL; depletes vitamins and minerals; contributes to heart and liver damage and gout. For the average person 25% of their calories comes from sugar, which greatly contributes to insulin resistance and weight gain!

And when it comes to your bones, high blood sugar has been proven to increase urinary calcium excretion.

To cut back on your sugar intake, we’d recommend getting your sweet fix elsewhere – try a natural sweetener like Stevia or even, raw honey as a way of “weaning” yourself off sugar. Top foods to avoid/limit are cakes, candy, canned soup, juices, biscuits, granola bars, and even pasta sauces – as they have a surprising amount of added sugar in them.  Replace these with tea, seafood, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, lentils, quinoa, almonds and pistachios; all great foods for preventing osteoporosis.

3. Salt

Foods to Avoid - Salt

Keep your bones in tip-top shape by keeping your salt intake in check! 

With pre-packaged and fast foods being a staple in the Standard American Diet, salt intake is higher than ever. And when it comes to your bones, excess intake may increase the loss of calcium through urine. Research has found that for each 100 mmol increase in salt in your diet, calcium is expelled by 1.4mmol. If this loss is assumed to be from the bone, then this equates to about 1% extra loss of bone each year.

So, what does this mean for you?

A good osteoporosis diet is one that is obviously low in salt. For an adult, less than 5g (just under a teaspoon) is the recommended salt intake, per day. Top foods to stay away from (or at the very least, start limiting yourself with) are your processed foods, cured meats, sauces, salad dressings, cheese, instant soups, bagels and frozen dinners. Good replacements for these salty foods are dark leafy greens, plain yogurt, unsalted rice and pasta, dried fruits, mozzarella, eggs, couscous and fresh fish.

Try cutting back on your cola drinks (or if you can, eliminate them completely from your osteoporosis diet) and substitute with water, tea, fresh juice and coconut water.

4. Food Sensitivities

If you are sensitive to certain foods – you must avoid them! Especially common sensitivities such as gluten and dairy foods.

In fact, anyone whose genetic inheritance includes haptoglobin 1/2 or 2/2 (which is more than 90% of us) will react to gluten. Wheat, barley, rye, spelt and all the stuff made with these grains. Gluten causes leaky gut, promotes inflammation systemically, and promotes bone loss.

Did you know that over 70% of your immune system is found in your digestive tract? That’s why it’s so important to have a properly functioning digestive system.

Food sensitivities can trigger inflammation and cause your immune system to weaken over time.

If you struggle from bloating, indigestion, gas, reflux or other bowel issues, this may be a sign that you are suffering from a food sensitivity.

If you experience any of these symptoms, try an elimination diet to discover the cause. Do this by taking out the food you believe may be causing your sensitivity for 3 weeks, then reintroduce it. You can also ask your doctor for an sensitivity test.

5. Excess Alcohol

Chronic and heavy alcohol consumption is not only bad for your bones, but overall health. However, alcohol, especially red wine in moderation is actually good for you. Research from the University of Oregon shows moderate consumption of wine on a regular basis benefits your bones. This is especially true for aging women who have experienced menopause.

So keep enjoying a glass with your meal! A regular glass of red wine or beer as part of a healthy lifestyle can actually be protective of bone health.

And in fact, those who consume no alcohol at all, have higher risk for type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and all cause mortality.

Moderate alcohol consumption guidelines is having up to 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day, for men.

6. Non-Organic Fruits and VeggiesFoods to Avoid - Strawberries

Fruits and veggies are good for you, no doubt about it. But if you can help it, try to opt for organic produce whenever possible to reduce your pesticide exposure. Now, this may not always be possible depending on the time of year, where you live or simply due to cost.

So every year the Environmental Work Group (EWG) releases a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides. This list lists the fruits and veggies that have the most pesticides, and which have the fewest. This makes it easier for you to decide what foods are worth spending extra for when it comes to organic produce. The same goes for your supplements, choosing all natural and organic supplement should be your first choice.

And there we have it!

foods to avoid, or at the very least, cut back on, for your osteoporosis diet. Summarily, the safest strategy would be to make sure that you’re consuming foods low in salt, rich in freshness and minimally processed whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Be sure to always meet your recommended calcium daily intake and use supplements to increase your bones’ density.

Do you avoid any foods on this list? Let us know in the comments.

For a printable version of this list: 6 Foods to Avoid for Osteoporosis PDF.


Hello, Do you serve your supplement from brown algae, I believe you do from what I have read. The ingredient hiliki with in the brown algae could have amounts of arsenic can you say is certified organic and and has no arsenic? Shirley


Hi Shirley,

AlgaeCal comes from a rare marine algae called algas calcareas and is a macro red algae, not brown algae. It the only USDA certified organic calcium on the planet, which means the harvest area and surrounds are inspected regularly for possible pollutants. Also, each lot of AlgaeCal is tested for heavy metal contamination, bacterial infection, and more. AlgaeCal Plus is made in an FDA inspected GMP plant where very high standards are maintained.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Jeanine Hanson

A good article which I would like to keep in print. I wish you could make available a copy that is condensed (without photos, etc) that I could just click on and print. Thanks


Hi Jeanine,

No problem. I will go ahead and send you a PDF of this article without the photos to your email. Be in touch shortly.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Sylvia LeDoux

My only problem with AlgaeCal is I have trouble swallowing pills and they are so large and you have to take so many.


Hi Sylvia,

If you have trouble swallowing the pills, you can actually pull them apart and sprinkle them into your juice, smoothies or food if you like. We just don’t recommend water because of the naturally occurring minerals or any hot liquids.

That might be a better option!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Karen Zei

What about coconut sugar and coconut nectar?


Hi Karen,

Coconut sugar comes in at a Glycemic Index (GI) of 35 compared to table sugar at 60. This means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar and insulin levels as much as table sugar does. (The lower the score the better). It also contain some nutrients like iron, zinc and calcium, while regular table sugar does not.

While coconut sugar is a great option for an added sugar – added sugars in excess of any kind is not recommended. It is definitely healthier than refined sugar, but still worse than no sugar at all.

Hope that helps, Karen.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Karen Zei

Will you please send me a PDF file of this article that I can print? Thank you,


Sent 🙂

– Monica from AlgaeCal


I am so glad I came across this discussion because I, like Sylvia, cannot swallow pills and took it upon myself to open them and mix in my favorite sheep yogurt, it’s great, there is no nasty taste to them …

Thank you, I was having some doubts..


Glad you came across this discussion, too. 🙂

– Monica from AlgaeCal


How much does coffee play a part in osteoporosis? My husband has been taking the algaecal plus along with the strontium and he seems to be getting worse. However, he drinks 8-10 cups of coffee a day. I have told him that the acid in coffee is probably counteracting the calcium he has been taking. Comments?

Judy Burns

What about Himalayan salt? It isn’t supposed to raise blood pressure and is loaded with minerals. It’s all we use.

Judy Burns

What about Himalayan salt (the pink one)? The right brand is not supposed to raise blood pressure and is loaded with minerals.


Hi Judy,

Great question. I use Pink Himalayan Salt myself – it is loaded with minerals and is a great alternative to regular, refined table salt.

Mostly, we want people to try and cut back on their salt intake when it comes to foods they don’t realize might have a lot. Such as dressings (this is surprising!) and sauces, cured meats etc. Having this knowledge and awareness will hopefully help!

– Monica from AlgaeCal


You guys are fantastic!


Thanks Margaret!

We think you are too 🙂

– Monica from AlgaeCal

susan leslie

I would like a PDF file, so I can print it too!
Thank You,


Good to know about the salt/bone density connection! I have been taking AlgaeCal for the past year, and now also your fish oil. Along with my healthy bone-friendly diet, I have just started to reduce sodium as much as possible – this because my blood pressure has crept up. It’s nice to know that reducing sodium will be good for both my blood pressure and bone density issues. Extra motivation!


Thanks for sharing what you’re doing Carrie – isn’t the fish oil tasty :).

You’re right, extra motivation is always a good thing!

– Monica from AlgaeCal


I have been taking your calcium product for at least 5 years now and have developed an allergy to iodine, causing blisters on my head. My medical professionals suggest the algae cal comes from the ocean and would naturally contain it (iodine). Algae cal has really helped me and taken my t scores up and I want to continue but every time I stop the product the blisters and itching go away. Can you tell me if it is the strontium or algal cal or both that have the iodine naturally in them? And any suggestions for this problem.


Hi Lezley,

Great question. Actually this is a common misconception – that AlgaeCal has a significant amount of iodine because it comes from the ocean. Our most recent lot of AlgaeCal contained 7.33 parts per million of iodine, which translates to a total of 17.5 micrograms in the recommended daily dose of 4 capsules ( 4.4 micrograms per capsule).
For comparison sake, AlgaeCal has only slightly more iodine than in dairy products. Eggs, meat, vegetables and most seafood have significantly more iodine. Perhaps there is another food source in your diet that is triggering this reaction that you are not aware?

Also, Strontium does not have any iodine – it is strontium citrate only (plus the vegetable cellulose capsule).

If you would like to try and stop taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost for two weeks and then reintroduce it back into your routine, you can do this. If there is still a reaction, please call in and we can try and get to the bottom of it!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Joan Lewis

Thanks for interesting piece on foods to avoid. I’m a bit confused after reading your ‘foods to avoid’ section that told me to avoid wheat, barley, spelt etc. Then later you say that we should concentrate on fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. What exactly do you mean by ‘whole grains’ if we’re meant to be avoiding them? Are quinoa and couscous ok as substitutes? Thanks.


Hi Joan,

Hopefully this can clarify: When we discussed wheat, barley, spelt etc. we were focusing on food sensitivities. If you are sensitive to wheat, dairy…or any type of food it should be avoided. Sensitivities can trigger inflammation in the body and weaken the immune system. If you are not sensitive to whole grains, definitely eat them!

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Would you please also send me a PDF file of this article that I can print? Thank you,

Mary Nell Pettitt

I turned 80 in November 2015. Within the last two years I have had 5 fractures in my spine. The vertebrae are compressed. Of course the doctors wanted me to go on osteoporosis meds which I refused, because of an earlier (16 years ago) experience with Evista. That med almost killed me, as it did my best friend, a relative-in-law, and another friend. That stuff is evil!!

This past weekend I went to a memorial service for one of my best friends. I fell and ended up at a hospital in La Grange, TX 21 miles away. When I fell I fell into some wooden chairs, I scraped the skin off my temple and neck, mashed my wrist, fell on my left hip. The ambulance was called and off to the hospital I went. They did a CAT scan of my head and hip. They did X-rays of my spine. About 3 hours later, the doctor came out and said everything looked good, and said he saw where I had the vertebrae fractures.

I have been on Algaecal Plus for 6 months and I know if I had not have been, I would have broken my wrist, hip, plus more vertebrae. Praise God for helping me find Algaecal Plus!!!



Mary – first off, so glad you are ok after taking such a tumble!! And hope your temple and neck heal up quickly.

It’s so wonderful to hear that you did not fracture anything this past weekend. Thank you so much for sharing!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Susan K.

Can you please also send me a pdf file without pictures that I can print?

Terri Lee

So…are you saying that AlgaeCal plus is made in an FDA inspected GMP plant, but not regular AlgaeCal?


Hi Terri,

AlgaeCal Plus and AlgaeCal are both inspected at an FDA inspected GMP Plant :).

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Curious, do my own juicing. Lot of what I use has sugar. Mango, apple, berries, lemon, kale, collards, parsley, etal. How much is too much, sugar?


Hi Elliot,

Great question. When it comes to juicing, personally I try and make sure that there are more veggies than fruit in my blend. For instance, I’ll add a knob of turmeric, kale, parsley, beets and then an apple for sweetness. This ensures I’m not getting too much sugar in my juice.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Goretti Ferreira

what should I eat daily , to meet the recommendation calcium intake? very hard to think


I saw in a previous comment, when brakeing up the pill to drink; water or hot liquid is not recommended?
So myself, I can swallow the pills but take with water, in the morning, and have a couple cups of coffee. Is this not right?


Hi Lisa,

Yes, if you have difficult swallowing capsules or simply want to sprinkle the AlgaeCal powder in food or drink you can do this. We do not recommend water by itself because AlgaeCal has many naturally occurring minerals and hot liquid because it can destroy the minerals.

We recommend taking AlgaeCal Plus with a meal for optimal absorption. Coffee alone is not usually preferred.

Let me know if you have further questions, Lisa!

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Is Celtic Sea Salt and Makai Deep Sea Salt as bad for pulling calcium out of bones as regular table salt? Is that an ok option?


Hi Teresa,

It is necessary for the body to still get salt – we just don’t want too much. A lot of people don’t realize that canned pasta sauces, for instance, are high in salt and sugar. That’s what we’re trying to get at in this article. And yes – those are great options instead of regular refined table salt. Himalayan salt, as others have commented, is also great because it has additional minerals as well 🙂

Hope this helps,

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Hello, I just started taking Algea Cal products. So happy to see the articles on healthy eating and the reciipes. Thanks so much for the help.


Wonderful to hear you are enjoying the articles, Carolyn!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Sharon Hatfield

I am 54 have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis I have been on thyroid medication since 2007 and I am three years into menopause. I am looking for a natural alternative from RX meds that my doctor wants me to take. I just stumbled upon this website doing research. I have never ventured outside of the world of standard meds etc. but this all seems pretty convincing that it is worth giving AlgaeCal a try! I also have trouble swallowing pills so it is okay to open the pills and sprinkle on food or in Juice? I would also like this to print this out as well! Does no salt mean added table salt or stay away from all foods with high salt content? Thanks for posting comments and answers this has been very helpful in my search for an answer to alternative ways to addressing osteoporosis!


Hi Sharon,

Yes, you CAN open AlgaeCal capsules and sprinkle the contents in juice or foods (we just don’t recommend water or hot liquids because of the naturally occurring minerals). Here is the link to the printable version: https://cdn.algaecal.com/wp-content/uploads/6-Foods-to-Avoid-PDF.pdf

When it comes to salt, we are not saying no salt at all, but a diet that is low in salt. We often don’t realize that certain foods, especially cured meats, salad dressings etc. have a significant amount of salt. Being aware of this should help reduce the amount of salt you eat on a daily basis. It’s all about moderation.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Afroz Hadiyawala

Would like to learn what will be ideal requirement of Vit-D on daily basis
As every article is different in terms RDA of Vit-D


Hi Afroz,

You are right – every article has different RDA of vitamin D. Why? Because everyone is different and you need to get tested to find out what enough is for you. Ask your health specialist for a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test, which is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body.

Here are a couple of articles discussing vitamin D:

– Monica from AlgaeCal


After undergoing radiation for a tumor that is now gone, praise God, I was told that my bones could break so I sent for your AlgaeCal and I can now walk and feel back to normal. Will be getting a dexa scan soon to check on my bones and will report back toyou thefindings.


Wonderful to hear, Barbara.

Yes, please keep us updated!!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Judy Rurik

I’ve recently been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. I started taking forteo, I’m not a big fan but for now I’ll try it.
I’m concerned about calcium intake, I’m eating calcium in my diet along with 1, 600 calcium pill. The forteo boosts up calcium also so how much is too much? Don’t want it going into my blood.

Thank you!


Hi Judy,

1600 mg of supplemental calcium IS too much. Especially if you are taking it isolated, without its important co-nutrients like magnesium, vitamin D3, and vitamin K2. An average person who consumes dairy products gets 500 – 700 mg of calcium from daily diet, so you would need to supplement 500 – 700 mg of calcium. AlgaeCal Plus provides 720 mg of calcium in a daily dose, plus additional bone healthy minerals. It is more effective at a lower dose and you only need to take 720 mg of plant-calcium to get the same amount in 1200 mg of rock-based calcium.

If you’d like to call in and speak with a bone health specialist, they can assess your diet and bone health regimen more thoroughly: USA and Canada toll free 1-800-820-0184 Monday through Friday: 7am to 4pm (PST)
and Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 2pm (PST).

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Thank you for your articles they are always very helpful for people with Osteoporosis. I also think Silicon Dioxide should be
avoided and for this reason my digestive tract is unable to tolerate AlgaeCal. I would like to know why you have this in your product.
Thank you


Hi Deborah,

You’re welcome – glad you are finding them helpful!

AlgaeCal Plus contains silicon dioxide (also known as silica) to help with the encapsulation process. Our capsules would sometimes open up and so this prevents breakage. According to the FDA, Silicon dioxide has been declared GRAS (generally recognized as safe).

If you would prefer a product without it, AlgaeCal Basic does not contain it.

– Monica from AlgaeCal


I am on blood thinner! Do I need to be careful of these products?


Hi Shirley,

If you are on a blood thinner, AlgaeCal Plus may not be for you as it contains vitamin K2. You can still take the remainder of AlgaeCal products and in fact, we have AlgaeCal Basic, which you can take instead of AlgaeCal Plus as it does not contain K2.

– Monica from AlgaeCal


I just started taking AlgaeCal Plus about 2 weeks ago.So far it is not causing any abdominal discomfort like other calcium preparations .I have a question drug interactions.Is it okay to take Nattokinase with it!


Hi Lina,

Great to hear you are experiencing no side effects, unlike other calcium supplements. As for nattokinase – that’s a question for your doctor. AlgaeCal Plus has vitamin K2 which can be a mild blood thinner and from the looks of it, nattokinase is also a mild blood thinner. Taking both may not be recommended, but again, please consult with your doctor.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Jo Nell Malloy

I just ordered Algaecal plus. Can I still take a one-a-day vitamin along with Algael cal plus?


Hi Jo,

Taking a multivitamin and AlgaeCal Plus can be done, with certain precautions. If your multivitamin contains calcium, iron, or zinc, please take it 2-3 hours away from AlgaeCal Plus. Excess amounts of these minerals can hinder your body’s ability to absorb the supplements.

If you have any other questions during your bone health journey, please let us know!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Deborah Willis

I am presently taking New Chapter Bone Strength. It appears to have more supplements. I saw info on Algae – why is Algae Cal better?


Hi Deborah,

Great question! AlgaeCal Plus uses USDA certified organic plant-based calcium, New Chapter, on the other hand, uses non-organic calcium. AlgaeCal Plus uses capsules, which can be pulled apart and put into smoothies or juices for those who have a more difficult time swallowing. Also, capsules have been shown to have a higher dissolution rate (breaks down more quickly in the stomach). New Chapter is in tablet form.

Finally, AlgaeCal Plus is guaranteed to increase your bone density! And there are human clinical trials to prove it: https://www.algaecal.com/research/. No other calcium supplement on the market can claim this or gives such a guarantee.

If you have more questions or would like to speak to someone personally, you can call us at 1-800-820-0184.

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Three weeks ago I started taking AlgaeCal Plus &Strontium Boost to help with my osteoporosis. Since reading some of the earlier posts regarding the use of water and coffee when taking AlgaeCal Plus, I am somewhat confused as to whether I am taking the AlgaeCal correctly. In the morning I take 2 AlgaeCal capsules using LeBleu distilled water to wash them down. Then I enjoy my morning coffee followed by cereal or oatmeal with nuts and fruit about a half hour later. Is this OK?
In the evening 2-3 hours after taking the AlgaeCal Plus, I take the Strontium Boost washing it down with LeBleu water. Is this OK? The Strontium Boost can be taken with or without food. What foods are non-calcium containing and OK to eat with the Strontium Boost? Thanks!


Hi Lillian,

AlgaeCal Plus is best absorbed when taken with a meal that contains fat and protein so ideally you should be taking AlgaeCal Plus after your oatmeal with fruit and nuts or right before you eat, instead of 30 minutes ahead of time. The coffee is fine to have during. 🙂

For your Strontium, the easiest way is to take your Strontium Boost right before bed as it’s difficult and quite a deal of work to figure out which foods do not contain calcium. Strontium Boost with water is fine!

– Monica from AlgaeCal



Si tomo algacal solo, me sirve, no plus, ni estroncio




El algaecal. Si tomo este solo me sirve como calcio. No el plus ni estroncio




Hi Maria,

Not sure if I am 100% clear. Are you wanting to take just AlgaeCal Plus and not Strontium?

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Hola Mónica

Tengo una duda, según leí en una aparte es de ustedes, no entendí bien esto, que si tomo o tome o me aplicaron. una inyección anual como en mi caso acido zoledronico dos años seguidos el último fue en enero de 2016, el cual no me voy aplicar más. Si tomo algaecal no podría tener efecto. Sino hasta seis meses después de haber dejado de tomar el ácido zoledronico. En mi caso cuando podría empezar a tomar algaecal para que me haga efecto.

Agradecería mucho me informaras


Heidi Severson

I was diagnosed with severe Osteoporosis just over a year ago and changed my diet even more than what I had done years prior. (I have been gluten-free for 6 years, and dairy free for 12 years due to food intolerances) I have been trying to put together some kind of “Osteoporosis Program” for myself without going on the Osteoporosis medication my Dr. suggested I go on. So I was very excited and interested when I read about AlgaeCal Plus. I purchased a bottle of AlgaeCal Plus after reading reviews on Amazon. After taking it until I ran out, I read more reviews and a couple of them had mentioned that AlgaeCal Plus has lead in it. I became concerned and disappointed thinking that I might need to give up on this product and figure something else out.
Could you tell me if AlgaeCal Plus has lead in it and if it’s something to be concerned about?
Thank you,


Hi Heidi,

Thanks for taking the time to comment. It sounds like you’re on the right track for an ‘Osteoporosis Program!’

AlgaeCal Plus powder is USDA certified organic which means the harvest area and surrounds are inspected regularly for possible pollutants. Also, each lot of AlgaeCal is tested for heavy metal contamination (including lead), bacterial infection, and more so this isn’t a concern. Finally, AlgaeCal Plus has been clinically tested for its safety and efficacy, with no adverse side effects. Our most recent study has demonstrated that you can take AlgaeCal Plus for up to 7 years without any safety concerns (and an average increase in bone density of 1%). You can view the research here: https://www.algaecal.com/research/

I hope this has answered your questions, Heidi!

– Monica from AlgaeCal


I have a sensitivity toward DAIRY. So should I also discontinue Whey Isolate Protein?


Hi Judy,

Great Question. Whey Isolate Protein goes through a process where the nonprotein components are removed, resulting in very little lactose. So if you suffer from lactose intolerance, you may be able to still drink or eat products that contain whey isolate protein. But, everyone is different. If you feel a reaction or symptoms to your whey isolate protein, discontinue its use. Instead, you could opt for a different type of protein, such as pea protein.

– Monica from AlgaeCal


I am 73, a breast cancer survivor (3 years) and have been taking letrozole 2.5 mg every day. I am told I will need to be on this estrogen suppressant 10 years. My previous bone scan (May 2015) was normal. Two weeks ago my bone scan showed a 8%drop in hip bone density and a 3% drop in lumbar density. I found your product because I was looking for an natural alternative to rock and ash calcium. I want to nip this in the bud so I ordered your six month supply. I eat a primarily organic healthy diet, gluten free when I can. I walk 5 miles every day. My question is that i have seen no reference to drug induced osteopenia in your material. Is AlgaeCal still effective in such situations? I hope so, it sounds like the perfect supplement.


Hi SusanV,

Sounds like you are on the right track with your diet, exercise and ordering AlgaeCal! You can read which medicine classes are currently known to play a role in or cause osteoporosis here: https://www.algaecal.com/treat-osteo/ (scroll down to “Bone Loss Prevention” section) We also have an excellent article by Lara Pizzorno, author of “Your Bones” on Drugs That Cause Osteoporosis. You can read that here:

We do not guarantee that AlgeaCal can increase your bone density if you are using certain prescription drugs because they interfere and may impede with AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. Although, we have had customers who were on medications such as thyroid (which is known to induce bone loss) and still saw increases in their bone density. You can see those success stories here: https://www.algaecal.com/success-stories/

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call or contact us! We are available USA and Canada toll free at 1-800-820-0184 from Monday through Friday: 7am to 4pm (PST) and Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 2pm (PST)

– Monica from AlgaeCal


About salt, it would be a good idea to precise the name of salts people must avoid. Other studies conclude that a certain salt helps our body to maintain its hydratation. What is very important for us all.

Laura M.

Hello, I keep reading that calcium should be taken separately from magnesium, as they compete with each other. I have taken AlgaeCal for years and was wondering if this is really true, since AlgaeCal combines both. Thank you very much.


Hi Laura,

Great question. Calcium and magnesium do naturally compete with each other BUT if taken at the right ratio, actually help each other absorb better. That ratio is 2:1 (calcium to magnesium), which is the ratio in AlgaeCal Plus.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Patty Clayton

I’m wondering if it would be possible to get any specific information on the brand/type of oscillating platform that Evi Hoffman speaks of in her testimony on the newsletter titled “A New Years resolution for healthier bones.” I think it’s dated Jan 3 or 4, 2017. I’ve started research on this topic myself and unfortunately there is a large selection to choose from, so I’m hoping to narrow it down some!


Hi Patty,
I reached out to Evi and she said she uses something called osflow, which is the oscillating platform she mentions (http://www.osflowusa.com/) and the rebounder is from cellercise.com.

Hope that helps!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Barb Winston

I have been free from sugar since June 2016. I do use Coconut sugar in my herbal tea.
I have eliminated the regular stuff you have on this list. As a result I have eliminated some pounds. I tell people to eliminate instead of losing weight. Because when you loose something, you will look for it until you find it.
There is no trying. Only doing it and getting it done. I motivate inmates in a Texas Prison in my classes. So doing is the answer.
I am patiently waiting until I start this great opportunity to get better bones.
Thanks for your product,
Amarillo, Texas

Lisa R. Daniel

I”d also like a pdf of this article! Thanks.

Lynn Taormina

please email me a pdf of this article too.

Peggy W

Hello, I was recently diagnosed with Osteopenia and I am post menopausal. Is it safe for me to take AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium with Fish oil and CoQ10(with Bioperine for better absorption)? I also take ALA. Should I take the pills with lukewarm water? I am not on any medication and I do not eat dairy. I exercise daily. Thank you for your attention.


Hi Peggy,

Sounds like you are on the right track to reclaiming your bone health!

AlgaeCal Plus should be taken 2x per day (2 capsules each time if you are looking to increase bone density, which works out to 4 capsules per day) with a meal. Most like to take it with breakfast and at lunch. You can also include Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil during one of these meals as well. Strontium Boost, on the other hand, should be taken separately from calcium containing foods and most take it on its own right before bed.

If you are already taking fish oil, you may not need additional CoQ10 with Bioperine and ALA, but that’s something to discuss with your doctor.

– Monica


What about agave nectar could this be used instead of sugar?


Hi Annie,
Agave nectar is a slightly better option than refined, white sugar, but nutritionally it is similar to high-fructose corn syrup. I’d try raw honey or Stevia as mentioned or even dates and maple syrup.
– Monica

Peggy W

Thank you for your April 18 response re Osteopenia. What do you think of my taking just AlgaeCal Plus without Strontium? Would that be sufficient for bone building?


I already consume very little salt sugar
donot eat fats nor drink milk and take alot of vitamins. eat one banana a day and other fruits and vegetables.for protein i eat fish pork and chicken.I eat low fat granola with almonds for breakfast I also gp to the gym at least 3 times a week


Hi Carmen,

Great to hear! Sounds like you are on the right track when it comes to foods to avoid for osteoporosis!
– Monica

Virginia Bowen

Try room temp water instead of cold water to swallow large pills. Advice given to me by a pharmacist


Great advice, Virginia. Also if swallowing AlgaeCal capsules, in particular, they are made out of veggie capsules that you can easily pull apart. You can pour the contents into juices, smoothies etc.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Vickie Harris

I appreciate that the first food listed to avoid is cola beverages because of the phosphates. I had to discontinue drinking them approximately six years ago on the recommendation of my urologist because I was getting way too many kidney stones and have since been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. It has greatly reduced the number of kidney stones I have had since I stopped drinking colas and in fact I have stopped drinking sodas altogether. Unfortunately the kidney stones have started to recur since I started using AlgaeCal Plus but I don’t know yet if there is a correlation between the two. Would you happen to have any information on how taking a calcium supplement impacts a person with hyperparathyroidism? Thank you for printing such informative articles, I always appreciate how you back up what you say with research. There is so much misleading and downright dangerous information on the internet about health and nutrition that it’s quite refreshing to read your posts!


Hi Vickie,

We do have customers who also have hyperparathyroidism and our Customer Care Team can definitely help you. You can call toll free: 1-800-820-0184 from Monday through Friday: 6am to 4pm (PST) and Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 2pm (PST).

Thank you for the feedback on our content. We truly appreciate it!

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

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Terri Wang

I just start taking AlgaeCal Plus (2x per day-2 capsules each time after breakfast and dinner) 2 capsules Strontium Boost right before bed. (3 hours apart after dinner) . But I have been taking them with cold water. By looking the message you have replied that recommended taking with juice or food if have trouble with swallowing, Luckily I don’t have this swallowing issue so far; but should I still switch it to with juice or food for better absorbing?
Thank you.


Hi Terri,

If you are taking AlgaeCal Plus 2x per day with breakfast and dinner, you don’t need to take it with additional juice or food. Strontium Boost should be taken with water on an empty stomach as food does not increase its absorption and needs to be taken apart from calcium-containing foods.

Hope that helps!

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Jeanne Madden

I just found your information on AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost. I am going to an Osteoporosis doctor tomorrow . I do not want to go down the path of the pharma drugs available. I would much rather go more natural. Is there a way to have some of the info. on this product printed out for my files? Thank you, J


I still don’t get it. I swallow the algae cal capsules with water after eating breakfast. I swallow the strontium pills with water after the evening meal. Does any of this need to change?


Hi Mary,

Strontium Boost should not be taken after a meal as anything that contains calcium (even a small amount, which is in most meals) will reduce its absorption. We recommend you take Strontium Boost on an empty stomach at least 3 hours apart from meals and calcium-containing foods. Most like to take it right before bed.

Hope this helps.

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

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