8 Foods To Avoid For Osteoporosis

Nutrition / Nutrition / June 8, 2018

8 Foods To Avoid For Osteoporosis

Globally, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures a year. That translates to roughly one osteoporotic fracture every three seconds.

And get this… your diet could be contributing to your risk of osteoporosis.

I’m afraid it’s true. And there are eight common foods in particular which you should be avoiding. (We’ll get to them in just a moment).

But first, let’s take a quick look at the diet in question. The Standard American Diet, or SAD. SAD affects your bones in two ways:

  1. It’s laden with bone-destroying refined sugars and carbohydrates. Many of these foods carry pro-inflammatory fats and chemicals that stimulate bone removing osteoclasts.
  2. It’s also criminally lacking in essential bone-building vitamins and minerals like calcium. High-nutrient foods like leafy greens, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are absent from much of the Standard American Diet too.

In fact, our Bone Health Expert Lara Pizzorno calls the Standard American Diet “the perfect recipe for osteoporosis.”

“The SAD eats your bones, in large part by causing chronic inflammation along with metabolic acidosis, an acidic pH in the body that results in calcium being withdrawn from bone to restore a more alkaline state,” she says in an excerpt from her (currently unnamed) new bone health book.

Obviously, that’s bad news for your bone density.

So with that in mind, we’ve answered the question: what foods are bad for osteoporosis? Cutting out these foods will not only improve your bone density but improve your overall health too.

Cola drinking on wood background

Cola-Type Sodas

Cola-type sodas have been shown to have a damaging effect on bone density. And phosphoric acid seems to be the culprit. Now, phosphorus is an essential mineral for cell structure and function, but when consumed in excess, it has adverse effects on metabolism and health. And excess sums up the Standard American Diet in a nutshell.

Americans consume far more phosphorus on a daily basis than is recommended. In fact, the 2006 Framingham Osteoporosis study found that people who regularly drank cola-based sodas (three or more per day) had as much as 4% lower bone mineral density. And those same phosphorus levels are present in sugar-free sodas. So even if you’re not taking in high quantities of refined sugar, that doesn’t mean your bones are safe.

Excess phosphorus pulls calcium from your bones, which is then lost through urine. It’s also really hard on your kidneys to process that much phosphorus.

foods that cause osteoporosis - sugar!

Refined Sugar and Carbohydrates

There are many health issues associated with excess sugar consumption. For starters, it elevates blood pressure, depletes vitamins and minerals, contributes to heart and liver damage, and even causes gout.

Plus excess sugar consumption increases your levels of triglycerides and LDL- bad cholesterol. This combination leads to fat buildup in artery walls, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The average person gets 25% of their calories from sugar, which greatly contributes to insulin resistance and weight gain.

Elevated blood sugar accelerates a process called glycation. Glycation is when glucose attaches to proteins like collagen and elastin, and makes them rigid. These rigid proteins are known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and trigger an inflammatory reaction. This causes your skin to age, and as we know, inflammation is also damaging to your bones.

AGEs have also been linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

And when it comes to your bones, high blood sugar is proven to increase urinary calcium excretion, just like phosphorus.

To cut back on your sugar intake, we recommend getting your sweet fix elsewhere. Try a natural sweetener like Stevia or even raw honey as a way of “weaning” yourself off sugar.

The top foods to avoid/limit are cakes, candy, canned soup, juices, biscuits, granola bars, and pasta sauces. They all have a surprising amount of added sugar in them! Replace these with healthier alternatives like tea, seafood, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, lentils, quinoa, almonds and pistachios — all great foods for preventing osteoporosis.

Sugar-laden foods like cakes and cookies are typically made from high-glycemic, simple carbohydrates too. Simple carbs are very quickly and easily converted to glucose when they’re digested.

In fact, you can find 100 g of glucose in a single serving of any of the following:

  • Soda
  • Fruit juice
  • Bread
  • Crackers
  • Bagels
  • Potato chips
  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • White rice
  • Breakfast cereal

Any of those foods — which are all part of the Standard American Diet — will cause a massive insulin spike. In time, regular consumption of excess sugar builds insulin resistance, and ultimately paves the way to type 2 diabetes.

charred and bbq foods, family enjoying a barbecue at home

Charred and Burnt Foods

There’s a lot of food marketing geared towards flame-grilled food.

You’ve seen the ads showcasing food with intentional char marks and crispy blackened edges with customers drool in the background, right?

But while it may look picture perfect in a commercial for a steakhouse, those char marks are actually really bad for you.

The AGEs we mentioned earlier — the ones that are created when your blood sugar is high — are also present in charred and burnt foods. Your body is able to eliminate AGEs with antioxidants and enzymes, but if the amount in your system is suddenly and dramatically increased, your body can’t keep up. As AGEs accumulate, they trigger inflammation.

How can you avoid adding AGEs to your food? Avoid dry heat cooking methods like grilling, baking, broiling, searing, and toasting. Dry heat cooking can actually increase AGEs in foods by 10 to 100 times as much as uncooked food.

Instead, boil, steam, slow cook, or pan fry (medium heat) your foods.

Foods that are high in animal fat and protein  — red meat, cheese, fried eggs, butter, highly processed foods — are especially high in AGEs and should be avoided in excess.

organic sea salt and spices

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 salt intake may increase the loss of calcium through urine. Research has found that for each 100 mmol (2,300 mg) increase in salt in your diet, calcium is expelled by 1.4 mmol (32.2 mg). If this loss is assumed to be from the bone, then this equates to about an additional 1% bone loss each year.

So, what does this mean for you?

A good osteoporosis diet is one that is low in salt. For an adult, less than 5g (just under a teaspoon) fulfills your recommended daily salt intake.

Top foods to limit and avoid are 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.

Cut back or eliminate soft drinks and substitute with water, tea, fresh juice, or coconut water.

fast food and proinflammatory foods that lead to bone loss

Pro-Inflammatory Fats

Not all fats are created equal, which is why you’ve likely heard plenty about “healthy fats”. You can get healthy fats, like omega 3 fatty acids, from whole food sources like avocado, fish, dairy, and oils like olive and flax.

Not only does fat provide you with an immediate energy boost, but it also allows your body to absorb and transport fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K. And without those, your ability to absorb calcium would decrease dramatically.

Then there are unhealthy fats like vegetable oils.

Vegetable oils like soy, corn, sunflower, and canola are loaded with polyunsaturated omega 6 essential fatty acids. Omega 6s encourage inflammation, opposed to their anti-inflammatory counterpart, omega 3 fatty acids.

The final fats to mention are the worst. Trans fats. These fats significantly increase your likelihood of developing heart problems, insulin sensitivity, and chronic inflammation. Trans fats simultaneously raise harmful LDL cholesterol levels while lowering protective HDL cholesterol, and are also pro-inflammatory.

Basically all processed foods contain trans fats. Think chips, cookies, fries, and pastries. Try to avoid these foods at all costs!

Ideally, a healthy diet has 20–35% of calories coming from healthy fat sources. If you don’t have enough healthy fat in your diet, you run the risk of having low energy stores and not being able to properly absorb fat-soluble vitamins. But if you have too much pro-inflammatory fat in your diet, you increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Sliced Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread For Bone Health

Food Sensitivities

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 and autoimmune disorders like celiac and lactose intolerance are commonplace these days and are largely catered to by food manufacturers. Gluten-free sections are popular in most grocery stores and lactose-free milk and yogurt are readily available as well.

But why are some people sensitive to these foods while others aren’t?

Well, 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 contain gluten. Those with an intolerance will experience what’s known as “leaky gut,” or intestinal permeability. This means that toxins and undigested food are able to pass through the intestinal lining, which triggers an immune response. That response is chronic inflammation, which in turn damages your bone health.

And lactose intolerance affects around 65% of the world’s population. It’s most common in Finland where one in every 60,000 infants is born with the intolerance, and can affect up to 90% of adults of Asian descent. People of West African, Italian, Greek, or Arab descent are also more likely to suffer from lactose intolerance. On the other hand, northern Europeans are the least likely to develop an intolerance (only 5% of adults do on average) because of their longstanding history of consuming unfermented dairy products.

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 a sensitivity test.

Grapefruit and rosemary gin cocktail, refreshing drink with ice.

Excess Alcohol

Chronic and heavy alcohol consumption is not only bad for your bones, but your overall health. However, some alcohol, especially red wine in moderation, can actually be good for you.

Research from the University of Oregon shows moderate consumption of red wine on a regular basis benefits your bones. This is especially true for aging women who have experienced menopause.

Red wines benefits are believed to be linked to the resveratrol in it, which inhibits bone-resorbing osteoclasts and boosts the formation of bone-building osteoblasts. For beer, its benefits are likely due to its silicon content.

So you can still enjoy a glass with dinner! 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 approve up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

fruits and veggies

Non-Organic Fruits and Veggies

We’ve talked a lot already about pro-inflammatory foods, but it isn’t just food that can cause chronic inflammation and sudden inflammatory responses. Indeed, the chemicals used in the production of food start contributing to your bone loss long before you ever step foot in a grocery store.

Fruits and veggies are good for you, no doubt about it. But there’s a big difference between the produce that looks good and the produce that is good.

There are an incredible amount of pesticides used to keep produce beautiful and bug-free. And these pesticides contaminate the vast majority of commercially farmed produce. That’s why we encourage you to purchase organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible.

Pesticides have been linked to a range of harmful side effects, from bone loss to reduced fertility and even ADHD.

Every year, the Environmental Working Group releases the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides. This guide runs through the Clean Fifteen, a list of produce with the least amount of pesticide used, and the Dirty Dozen, which are the 12 worst offending fruit and veg.

This makes it easier for you to decide which foods are worth shelling out a little extra to buy organic. The same goes for your supplements — choosing all natural and organic supplements should be your first choice.


Takeaways

And there we have it! Those are the eight foods to avoid, limit, and eliminate to keep your bones happy and healthy.

The safest strategy is to make sure that you’re consuming foods low in salt, healthy fats, and minimally processed whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. Be sure to always meet your recommended calcium daily intake and use supplements to increase your bone density. And remember to always wash your produce before eating it, especially if you purchased something that isn’t organic.

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

Want a picture-free version of this list print? Download the 8 Foods to Avoid for Osteoporosis Here.

Comments
lisa
lisa

Contradictory info:
Foods that are high in animal fat and protein — red meat, cheese, fried eggs, butter, highly processed foods — are especially high in AGEs and should be avoided in excess.
Next paragraph:
Top foods to limit and avoid are 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.

Cheese and eggs? Good or bad? Is mozzarella a better choice than other cheeses?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Lisa, thanks for pointing this out!

We’ll definitely work on making our articles more clear. With the first paragraph, it’s moreso the frying of the eggs that increase their AGE content. And yes, you’re on the right track – if looking for a lower sodium cheese, mozzarella is a great choice! You can always look at nutrition labels to compare sodium content when making a decision 😊

Hope this helps and thank you again for the feedback! 💕

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Joyce
Joyce

My doctor has me taking 5,000 IU of Vit D a day. Should I continue taking the extra 5,000?
I could decrease it, but would it be needed when taking AlgaeCal?

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Joyce,

Glad you reached out! Vitamin D3 supplementation requirements vary greatly from person to person, so to make sure you’re getting the right amount, check out this link.

A daily dose of 4 capsules of AlgaeCal Plus contains 1600 IUs of vitamin D3. This amount is sufficient if your vitamin D3 level is within the optimal range of 50-80 ng/ml. If you have less than 50 ng/ml, then we highly recommend you to take additional D3 to reach the optimal range. This is critical for your success in increasing your bone density because, without sufficient vitamin D3, your body will not be able to absorb calcium optimally.

Joyce, if you are taking additional D3, then your requirement for vitamin K2 also increases. These two vitamins work hand in hand to deliver calcium directly to your bone. Vitamin D3 helps absorb calcium into your bloodstream, then vitamin K2 directs the calcium from your blood into your bones. This is why, if you take additional D3, let us know the amount and we can recommend the amount of K2 you should take with it.

Please don’t hesitate to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 if you’d like to go over this more in-depth!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Katie Windmueller
Katie Windmueller

i read these coments as well and would like to get a pdf file as well. I am almost finished with my second batch of both algae cal and strotium and doing well with this according to xray of a femur break in April. totally healed in femur with bone growth! understand there is a 10% discount on my next batch? need to order and will call.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Katie, great to hear from you!

You can download the pdf file here. That’s excellent news that your femur is completely healed!! 🎉 We are so happy for you and excited for you to continue strengthening your bones 😄

If you received a special 10% offer, please do mention it the next time you call. Keep up the great work, Katie! ❤️

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Lemar Jensen
Lemar Jensen

Why don’t you guarantee the results if you are taking the basic AlgaeCal? I’m on a blood thinner so I want something that is guaranteed.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Lemar, good question!

We base our 7-year guarantee on the results of our 7-year study, which looked at AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. We do offer our 1-year product satisfaction guarantee to everyone, which you can learn more about here. Lemar, did you know that some newer blood thinners don’t interact with vitamin K2? If you are on an older blood thinner, feel free to discuss options with your doctor as you may be able to take AlgaeCal Plus in some cases!

For more information, please feel free to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184! ❤️

– Megan @ AlgaeCal

Deb
Deb

I take AlgeaCal. My question is why is dairy okay? It’s always been on my arthritis list of what not to take? Also bacon is so bad for inflammation, I’d think it would be bad for bones as well. Thanks

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Good question, Deb! If you are not lactose intolerant, dairy can be healthy for you in moderation 🙂 We have an in-depth blog post exploring the relationship between milk and osteoporosis. If you’d like to read this, click here!

Yes, bacon causes inflammation so it is best to limit its consumption. We highly recommend our Triple Power Fish Oil for arthritic pain – it provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients proven to help manage the pain and stiffness associated with arthritic conditions! You can learn more here.

Let us know if you have any questions ❤️

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Nancy
Nancy

Hi..can you email a comment..I’ll never find your response. I have osteoarthritis and am breaking bones a lot. I follow your suggestions pretty well about avoiding certain foods but is there something we can do to rebuild bone mass? I eT a plant based diet and take lots of calcium, D3 and magnesium but is there something else I should be doin.?

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Nancy,

Absolutely, we will email our response to you as well in case you have trouble finding it! For osteoarthritis, we recommend targeting inflammation through exercise, sleep, an anti-inflammatory diet, and our very own natural anti-inflammatory Triple Power Fish Oil. Triple Power’s formulation provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients, proven to help manage the pain and stiffness associated with arthritic conditions. You can learn more about osteoarthritis and 5 natural remedies you can count on here.

It’s great you eat a healthy diet and take supplements, Nancy! Did you know that there are 13 essential bone-supporting minerals? It’s important to replenish our bones with all of these nutrients to increase bone density. AlgaeCal is plant-based and naturally contains these 13 minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron & vanadium. Learn more about our multi-nutrient approach to stronger bones here!

Let us know if you have any questions 😊

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Gigi
Gigi

EXERCICES!

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Gigi,

Yes, exercise is absolutely beneficial as well! Feel free to check out some wonderful exercises here. 😊

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Dennisss
Dennisss

I’ve had Crohn for 50+ years. One of the secondary issues is bone density, loss, torri growths and kidney stones. What do you suggest for controlling oxalate stone formation?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Dennis, thank you for taking the time to share and ask your very relevant question!

We have a great article here about oxalates, including 8 ways to control kidney stone formation from oxalates.

Hope this helps!

If you have any further questions, feel free to let us know or give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184! 😊

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Lazar
Lazar

Are fruit juices without added sugar (i.e with only sugar contained in fruits) bad too?

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Lazar,

That’s a good question! Freshly squeezed fruit juices can be good for you in moderation. However, we’d recommend eating fruit or blending fruit in a smoothie instead – this way you get fiber and don’t overdo it on sugar 😊 If you’re interested, you can click here for awesome, bone-healthy smoothie recipes!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Judy Marsh
Judy Marsh

I just started taking the strontium the past 2 days but have loose stool in the mornings. Any suggestions. Thank you.

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Judy,

Sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing loose stools while taking Strontium Boost. It’s uncommon for Strontium Boost to cause any reactions because it is natural, and human clinically tested to not cause side effects. However, everyone is different and you could be reacting to one of the natural vitamins or minerals in the formulation.

It could be the citrate – if you have an infection with any species of the pathogenic bacteria Clostridia. Many people have this infection and are not aware of it. Citrate is typically good for you; however, when you are infected with Clostridia, it feeds off of citrate and thus brings about symptoms. This is why you may experience symptoms such as loose stools. Not to worry, this can be rectified! We recommend discussing this with your doctor and potentially ordering an Organic Acids Test. In the meantime, we suggest taking just 1 capsule of Strontium Boost a day or completely stopping it until you know the cause.

Please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184. We’d love to work with you to identify the cause 💜

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Joy Lacey
Joy Lacey

It could be magnesium causing the loose stool. I had very loose stool for 2 years till finally discovered it was the cal/mag I was taking.

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Glad you discovered what was causing the loose stools, Joy – hope you’re feeling better now!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Margo Glass
Margo Glass

Magnesium isn’t the problem, it is the formulation. Both Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Sulfate do have a laxative effect. Magnesium Glycinate does NOT have a laxative effect and can be used safely.

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Thank you for your comment, Margo! Magnesium is a mineral that can have a mild laxative effect in the body if the ratio between calcium and magnesium is imbalanced. AlgaeCal Plus is formulated to a 2:1 calcium to magnesium ratio which is the most common ratio. However, everyone is different and your body mineral composition may be naturally higher in magnesium which may cause loose stools, etc. Having said that, we’re happy to offer suggestions for ways to offset this 😊 Let us know if you have any questions!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

md
md

What about fermented foods? I like to make kimchi, pickles etc. And acidic foods? I also use a lot of vinegar and lemon juice.

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi md,

Homemade kimchi and pickles? Count us in 😋 Fermented foods are super healthy for you! You can read about their health benefits here. Acidic foods like vinegar and lemon juice are great too!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Lynda
Lynda

I thought you were supposed to eat acidic foods.

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Lynda,

Acidic foods can be healthy in moderation! 😊

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis

I’ve enjoyed reading all of the comments. So informative and helpful. I’m not sure why so many folks mentioned not taking Algaecal Plus with water. I have always taken it with water after a meal. Please let me know if I am doing the right thing. Also after reading the 8 foods to avoid ..please advice me of my breakfast routine if it is helping or hurting my bones. 1 fried egg in pat of butter from grass fed cows on 1 slice of organic seeded bread with no sugar..banana and glass of fat free organic milk. Your advice is appreciated. Thank you

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Beverly,

You can definitely take your AlgaeCal Plus with water, that’s no problem! As with most foods, we suggest eating eggs and grass-fed butter in moderation. It sounds like you’re on the right track choosing organic — it’s also best to eat whole foods, or minimally processed foods, as much as possible. Be sure to listen to your body and choose foods that feel good for you!

We have a great post covering the top foods to eat you might be interested in here. If you have any questions please feel free to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Renea
Renea

There is a magazine distributed in our local health food store called Good Health Lifestyles. They had an article the other day in one of their magazines that mentioned the what minerals are needed in addition to calcium that are needed in a good supplement. They mentioned almost all the minerals that are in your Algaecal plus. They also mentioned Strontium as a necessary supplement. I know now that I have the right supplement.

Corky
Corky

I’m a little confused. If AlgaeCal Plus is not to be taken with water due to additional minerals in the water, what should you use to swallow the capsules? Or is this only applicable when capsules are opened and sprinkled on the medium on which it’s carried?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Corky,

It does sound like there’s been some confusion — there are no limitations on what you can eat or drink with AlgaeCal Plus! In fact, we encourage you to have food in your stomach when taking AlgaeCal to help with absorption. For those who would like to open the capsules and sprinkle the powder in foods we just don’t recommend hot foods or drinks to avoid denaturing the vitamins.

We have a handy post with more information on how to take AlgaeCal here.

If you have any questions or need clarification please call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 — they can go over how to take AlgaeCal in further detail. 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Mo
Mo

Hello, is the tablets ok to take with hot food without opening capsules?

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Mo,

If you choose to swallow the capsules whole, then yes, you can take them with hot food! Let us know if you have any questions 😊

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Elsie A Brown
Elsie A Brown

Whose brilliant idea was it to sprinkle little black seeds around the box of healthy foods? Y’all DO realize they closely resemble ants that have just discovered the mother load of what would be a feast. don’t you?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Haha, I see what you mean Elsie! Thankfully they aren’t ants. 😆

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

pauline
pauline

Im thinking of starting Algaecal but the doctor as got me on Vi D3 800u tabs 2 Tablets daily Will i still be able to have the Algaecal

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Pauline,

In the daily dose of AlgaeCal you’d be getting 1,600 IU of vitamin D3 — so that’s the perfect amount of vitamin D for you according to your doctors’ recommendation! This means you could take AlgaeCal and discontinue your additional supplementation.

Feel free to email [email protected] or give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you have further questions! 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Jean
Jean

I have been taking the recommended dose of AlgaeCal and Strontium for over a year. Two at lunch and dinner and the strontium before bed. It has been creating very loose bowel movements. Is there something upsetting my bacteria balance?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Sorry to hear AlgaeCal is not agreeing with you, Jean! Typically loose stools are a sign of mineral imbalance — we’ll reach out shortly to find the best solution for you. In the meantime, please discontinue use.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Deb Greider
Deb Greider

I also have trouble with loose stools but I don’t want to stop the Algae Cal. Why should we stop?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Linda,

We suggest discontinuing AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost temporarily to help resolve the sensitivity — we want you to feel 100% while taking AlgaeCal! Often, a slow reintroduction to the products does the trick, other times it identifies that it’s not AlgaeCal at all, or you may have an issue absorbing magnesium.

If you try a slow reintroduction and identify that AlgaeCal Plus is causing your loose stools or diarrhea, this is likely due to the magnesium.

Lara Pizzorno, Bone Health Expert and author of Your Bones, has explained that people who are experiencing frequent loose stools or diarrhea after taking magnesium (like in AlgaeCal Plus) might be part of the ~25% of us who do not do a good job of converting vitamin B6 to P5P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate).

Why does this matter? Well, vitamin B6 in the form of P5P helps our body absorb magnesium! If you’re not able to do this conversion yourself, you likely need help through additional supplementation of P5P.
You can take 25 mg of P5P at the same time as your AlgaeCal to help your body properly absorb magnesium. This should stop any negative effects you were experiencing!

If you have any questions or need further support, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call us at 1-800-820-0184!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Beth
Beth

what is the difference between algaecal and algae plus?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Great question, Beth! AlgaeCal Plus is our bone-building formulation for people over the age of 18 looking to increase their bone density. It has extra minerals and vitamins that AlgaeCal Basic does not contain. For example, vitamin C, K2, extra magnesium, and boron. As for AlgaeCal Basic, it’s meant for children and teenagers, and is used to maintain a current, healthy bone density.

If you’d like to learn more feel free to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184! 😊

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Gloria Armstrong
Gloria Armstrong

I have been diagnosed with osteroporosis. I am just finishing my first bottle of AlgaeCal Plus along with the Strontim Boost. I feel like I am getting indigestion from them..Kind of a weird taste in my mouth. Is this something others have complained of? I dont want to quit taking them but it seems my stomach is not quite right. Is this too much calcium to be taking? Would taking less capsules still have the positive results? Also I read about Strontium creating false positive results on a Dexa scan.. Can you tell me more about what Strontium really does to your bones? Thank you so much.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Gloria,

We’re so sorry to hear you’ve been experiencing indigestion while taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. We guarantee our products and definitely want to make sure you are feeling 100% so one of our Bone Health Consultants will reach out to you via email to answer your questions and find a solution that is right for you!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Viviana
Viviana

Good reply Genna, but can you pls also add a comment about this question:
“Also I read about Strontium creating false positive results on a Dexa scan.. Can you tell me more about what Strontium really does to your bones? ”
I am also taking Strontium and going to have my next Dexa Scan end of June, do you suggest stopping taking it some days before?
Thank you so much!

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Viviana,

Absolutely! Lara Pizzorno, Bone Health Expert and author of Your Bones, has written extensively about strontium and addresses this concern here.

We suggest stopping both AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost one day before your DEXA scan. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call us at 1-800-820-0184!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Karen
Karen

You are not answering about false decals results

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Karen,

You can click here to read the blog post where Lara Pizzorno has responded to this common concern under myth #3! I’ll paste the information below as well. 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

“The common myth is that strontium supplementation results in larger concentrations of strontium in your bones. And more strontium in your bone causes the DEXA to overstate your bone density increase.

The truth is, strontium does weigh much more than calcium, and its mass does impact DEXA readings…but only a little.

Atomic Weights: Calcium 40.08, Strontium 87.63

Strontium has nearly twice the atomic weight of calcium.

Because of this difference in mass, strontium’s substitution for calcium weakens X-ray penetration during DEXA scanning and results in overestimation of BMD. But strontium ions replaces less than one calcium ion out of 10, so the overestimation is not great enough to discount DEXA results showing improvements in BMD.

The latest science shows your result may be overstated by 8.5% – 11.2%. But don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Even after adjusting your score down by about 10%, an increase in bone density is still an increase!

For example, if you gained a modest 1% after taking strontium and you reduce that score by 10%, you STILL GAINED .9% of new bone. That’s a big win when you normally would have been losing bone density!

Don’t be fooled by the strontium critics. The increased density in the strontium studies (including the AlgaeCal studies) are still outright increases in bone density in older adults who should be losing bone. And increased bone density is closely correlated with lowered risk of breaking a bone.

Besides, strontium has been shown to reduce fracture risk independent of bone density. In other words, whether your bone density increases or not, strontium reduces your risk of breaking a bone!”

Sandra
Sandra

I have had an 11.2% increase after taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost for a year I was never told to stop Strontium Boost a couple of days before my Dexa scan.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Sandra!

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story! Your results are AMAZING, and we’re so happy for you! 🤗

No worries if you weren’t asked to stop Strontium Boost before your DEXA scan. If you’d like to learn more about strontium and DEXA results, check out Myth #3 in this article: https://www.algaecal.com/expert-insights/the-truth-about-strontium-supplements-side-effects-dexa-results-efficacy-and-more/.

If you have any questions or need clarification please feel free to email [email protected] call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

– Megan @ AlgaeCal

L Renea Woodward-Turner
L Renea Woodward-Turner

I purchased a two-sided plastic tablet container with 7 days on each side. I labeled on side for Calcium and the other side for the Strontium. I take 3 Calcium per day and 2 Strontium per day. This way I can look in the containers and see if I have taken the required dosages for each day otherwise I wouldn’t be able to remember by looking in the bottles what I had taken because they look so much alike. .

Cesca Diebschlag
Cesca Diebschlag

Under point 3 of this article you say “Foods that are high in animal fat and protein — red meat, cheese, fried eggs, butter, highly processed foods — are especially high in AGEs” and should be avoided. Then under point 5, you say that dairy is a healthy fat. So is butter good or bad?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Cesca,

Apologies for the confusion. To clarify, we should have said that those types of foods should be avoided in excess. While organic red meat, cheese, eggs, and butter are good sources of certain nutrients, they are also high in AGEs so limiting consumption may be a good idea. Grass-fed butter can be a great choice in certain instances, just in moderation! Highly processed foods in general though should be limited or avoided as best as possible.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Patricia Graham
Patricia Graham

I have two questions. First, I just read that AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost should only be used for seven years. Is that so? Second, I am confused about a schedule for taking these two. I take one Strontium Boost immediately upon rising in the morning with water, drink my instant cocoa then, and two hours later I take 2 AlgeaCal Plus with my little container of yogurt. I take 2 AlgeaCal Plus at dinnertime, and 1 Strontium Boost at bedtime on an empty stomach. Is this schedule okay? Thanks for all the wonderful work you do, and for this wonderful site!

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Patricia,

So glad you reached out! The seven years referred to is simply the length of our most recently published human clinical study, which can be found here. The AlgaeCal program provided study participants with a measured increase in bone density, year after year, with no negative side effects reported in the blood work of any participant. (We’re very excited to say that this study recently won the Charles A. Ragus Award for Best Original Research Paper in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and you can find more information on that here.) You can absolutely continue with AlgaeCal after 7 years! In fact, our 7 year guarantee repeats at this time!

Patricia, your schedule sounds great! But to make things easier, you can take both capsules of Strontium Boost at one time and still get the same bone-building benefits. For example, you can take 2 capsules of AlgaeCal Plus with yogurt, followed by 2 capsules of AlgaeCal Plus with dinner, and then 2 capsules of Strontium Boost at bedtime on an empty stomach.

Hopefully that helps! If you have further questions about scheduling, you may find it easiest to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Linda Braden
Linda Braden

She mentioned that she drinks instant cocoa just after taking the Strontium Boost. I thought that calcium is to be avoided for two hours before and after Strontium Boost. Yes? No?

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Great point, Linda! As long as the instant cocoa contains less than 100 mg of calcium then it will be okay to have alongside Strontium Boost 😊

Please let us know if you have any questions!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Donna
Donna

Hi..I was interested to see that you named tea as one of the beverages to drink in replacement of colas. I have always heard not to drink tea because of the caffeine that is in it which turns into flouride in your system which makes it hard for your bones to then absorb any calcium you are taking. Is there any truth to that? Thanks!

Anna
Anna

Gluten may be associated with leaky gut, but I haven’t seen research that says “it causes” leaky gut.
Besides, I ask the question, how much and how often. I don’t eat a lot of bread so I enjoy it occasionally. I also keep my eye on body inflammation as measured by the CR Reactive Protein lab test.

Luisa S
Luisa S

I just finished reading Lara’s 2013 expanded edition of Your Bones. On page 275 she states that the static poses of yoga cannot build bone. What made her change her mind? Does she still practice Pilates for Osteoporosis. The Osteogenic Loading machine people claim bone cannot be built without OL of 4.2 times body weight. Does yoga do that. They cite research that 10 minutes a week on their expensive machine is all we need to increase BD. Please comment. Thanks.

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Hi Luisa,

What changed my mind was Fishman’s research, which I discuss in the Yoga post here: https://www.algaecal.com/expert-insights/yoga-for-osteoporosis/. What he presents in his book had not yet been confirmed when I wrote the 2nd edition of Your Bones. Now it has. Here’s the abstract for the latest paper:

Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2016 Apr;32(2):81-87. Epub 2015 Nov 5.
Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss.
Lu YH1, Rosner B1, Chang G1, Fishman LM1.
Author information
Abstract
OBJECTIVE:
Assess the effectiveness of selected yoga postures in raising bone mineral density (BMD).
METHODS:
Ten-year study of 741 Internet-recruited volunteers comparing preyoga BMD changes with postyoga BMD changes.
OUTCOME MEASURES:
Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometric scans. Optional radiographs of hips and spine and bone quality study (7 Tesla).
RESULTS:
Bone mineral density improved in spine, hips, and femur of the 227 moderately and fully compliant patients. Monthly gain in BMD was significant in spine (0.0029 g/cm2, P = .005) and femur (0.00022 g/cm2, P = .053), but in 1 cohort, although mean gain in hip BMD was 50%, large individual differences raised the confidence interval and the gain was not significant for total hip (0.000357 g/cm2). No yoga-related serious injuries were imaged or reported. Bone quality appeared qualitatively improved in yoga practitioners.
CONCLUSION:
Yoga appears to raise BMD in the spine and the femur safely.
KEYWORDS:
osteoporosis; yoga
PMID: 27226695

Yes, I still do Pilates as well as yoga and last year I discovered barre, which combines Pilates, yoga and ballet exercises and have become addicted to that as well. I exercise at least one hour every day. It’s my break. As my bones are now in excellent shape and have been for several years –within one year of beginning to take AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost — I can do any of the exercises, not only those tailored to be safe and effective for individuals with osteopenia/osteoporosis.

RE the Osteogenic Loading machine – Loading activates osteocytes, which is why weight bearing exercise is beneficial. Here’s one of a number of papers discussing this:
Arch Biochem Biophys. 2008 May 15;473(2):117-23. doi: 10.1016/j.abb.2008.02.028. Epub 2008 Mar 4.
The response of bone to mechanical loading and disuse: fundamental principles and influences on osteoblast/osteocyte homeostasis.
Skerry TM1.
Author information
Abstract
Bone’s response to increased or reduced loading/disuse is a feature of many clinical circumstances, and our daily life, as habitual activities change. However, there are several misconceptions regarding what constitutes loading or disuse and why the skeleton gains or loses bone. The main purpose of this article is to discuss the fundamentals of the need for bone to experience the effects of loading and disuse, why bone loss due to disuse occurs, and how it is the target of skeletal physiology which drives pathological bone loss in conditions that may not be seen as being primarily due to disuse. Fundamentally, if we accept that hypertrophy of bone in response to increased loading is a desirable occurrence, then disuse is not a pathological process, but simply the corollary of adaptation to increased loads. If adaptive processes occur to increase bone mass in response to increased load, then the loss of bone in disuse is the only way that adaptation can fully tune the skeleton to prevailing functional demands when loading is reduced. The mechanisms by which loading and disuse cause bone formation or resorption are the same, although the direction of any changes is different. The osteocyte and osteoblast are the key cells involved in sensing and communicating the need for changes in mass or architecture as a result of changes in experienced loading. However, as those cells are affected by numerous other influences, the responses of bone to loading or disuse are not simple, and alter under different circumstances. Understanding the principles of disuse and loading and the mechanisms underlying them therefore represents an important feature of bone physiology and the search for targets for anabolic therapies for skeletal pathology.
PMID: 18334226

However, no research confirming efficacy of the Osteogenic Loading Machine/protocol has been published on PubMed.
http://bstrong4life.com/ the company selling the osteogenic load program began conducting an IRB trial in 2014 that is discussed on their website. No results have been published. In the “research” section on their website, they provide 2 other papers. One was written for Performance Health Systems and has not been published in any journal. The other has been published in a peer-reviewed (PubMed listed) journal. Here is the abstract for this paper, which looks encouraging, and I agree with the conclusion – a larger controlled study should be run to look into it.

OSTEOGENIC ADAPTATION
J. Jaquish
Performance Health Systems, Chicago, United States
Received 4 August 2013; revised 8 August 2013; accepted 9 September 2013
ABSTRACT:
Aim: To determine bone density adaptation from multiple-of- bodyweight (MOB) compressive force with exercise apparatus designed for osteogenic loading.
Methods: Osteogenic Loading (OL) apparatus was used to isolate optimal ranges of motion allowing for axial bone loading at levels that could be MOB (force/loading measured by load cells within the OL apparatus). Optimal positions for OL were verified by analysis of force production maximization [1]. Volunteer subjects, mean age of 62.5(+/-8.2 SD), (n=14) performed 4 specific multi-joint movements on the OL apparatus, each lasting 5 seconds. Sessions were repeated once per week.
Results: Mean peak force/loading for subjects was 9.18(+/-2.63 SD) MOB (hip/legs) and 3.13(+/-0.79 SD) MOB (spine). Since different hospitals and radiology offices were used to gather DXA data, not all subjects had both hip and spine T-scores, and weeks/sessions of using OL were not uniform, the results are presented in a case report format, depicting pre and post DXA of hip and spine. Conclusions: This MOB level of axial force has been seen to improve BMD [2, 3, 4], however has been commonly affiliated with injury. BMD improvement outcomes were observed in all subjects for one or both test sites with no instances of injury or discomfort, at levels of MOB reaching 9.18(+/-2.63 SD) MOB (hip/legs) and 3.13 (+/-0.79 SD) MOB (spine). These results suggest a larger more controlled study be done to further examine the OL stimulus and adaptation.
Source: http://bstrong4life.com/research/jaquish-paper/
http://bstrong4life.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Jaquish_2013.swf

I strongly encourage you to get an hour of weight bearing exercise every day. Whatever you find you enjoy and will do consistently will be helpful.
Be well!
Lara

Carole
Carole

So many different ideas. 1 hour a day of weight bearing exercise plus cardio, hike etc is a lot for people who work.

Mary
Mary

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?

Monica
Monica

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

Martha Wagner
Martha Wagner

I take a strontium from a different company that includes zinc, copper and boron and have been taking it an hour or two before breakfast rather than before bed, because I take 1000 mg of taurine and 100 Mg of 5-HTP before bed to help with sleep. If I were to take the strontium before bed can I still take the taurine and 5-HTP before bed? Fyi, I am waiting for my first bottle of Algae-Cal Plus to arrive and I have osteoporosis.

Jenna
Jenna

Hi Martha,

Great question! You can take strontium any time in the day, as long as there is at least a two hour separation from your AlgaeCal Plus as well as significant sources of calcium in food.

We’re so glad to hear you spoke with one of our Bone Health Consultants the other day & worked together to create a schedule that suits your needs.

We also double checked, and your package is on its way – you can check the shipping status using the tracking number in your email. Hope this helps Martha, feel free to call us at 1-800-820-0184 or email [email protected] if you have any other questions!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Jeanne Madden
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

Terri Wang
Terri Wang

Hi,
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.

Monica
Monica

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

Auto injury treatment
Auto injury treatment

Great blog.very useful.

Vickie Harris
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!

Monica
Monica

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

Virginia Bowen
Virginia Bowen

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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

carmen
carmen

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

Monica
Monica

Hi Carmen,

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

Peggy W
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?

Annie
Annie

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

Monica
Monica

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
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.

Monica
Monica

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

Lynn Taormina
Lynn Taormina

please email me a pdf of this article too.

Lisa R. Daniel
Lisa R. Daniel

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

Monica
Monica

Hi Lisa,

You can download the PDF here.

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Barb Winston
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,
Barb
Amarillo, Texas

Patty Clayton
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!

Monica
Monica

Hi Patty,

I reached out to Evi and she said she uses something called osflow, which is the oscillating platform she mentions and the rebounder is from cellercise.com.

Hope that helps!

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Laura M.
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.

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Euchariste
Euchariste

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.

SusanV
SusanV

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.

Monica
Monica

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:
https://www.algaecal.com/expert-insights/prescription-drugs-that-cause-osteoporosis/

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 @ AlgaeCal

judymayc
judymayc

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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Heidi Severson
Heidi Severson

Hi,
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,
Sincerely,
Heidi

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

María
María

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

María.

María
María

Hola

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

Gracias

María

Monica
Monica

Hi Maria,

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

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

María
María

Hola

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

Gracias

Lillian
Lillian

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!

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Deborah Willis
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?

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Jo Nell Malloy
Jo Nell Malloy

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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

lina
lina

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!

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Shirley
Shirley

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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Deborah
Deborah

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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Judy Rurik
Judy Rurik

Hi!
I’ve recently been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. I started taking a prescription bone drug, 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 bone drug boosts up calcium also so how much is too much? Don’t want it going into my blood.

Thank you!

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Barbara
Barbara

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.

Monica
Monica

Wonderful to hear, Barbara.

Yes, please keep us updated!!

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Afroz Hadiyawala
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
Thanks

Monica
Monica

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:
https://www.algaecal.com/algaecal-ingredients/vitamin-d/
https://www.algaecal.com/algaecal-ingredients/vitamin-d/sources/
https://www.algaecal.com/algaecal-ingredients/vitamin-d/benefits/

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Sharon Hatfield
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!

Monica
Monica

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://www.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 @ AlgaeCal

Carolyn
Carolyn

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.

Monica
Monica

Wonderful to hear you are enjoying the articles, Carolyn!

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Teresa
Teresa

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?

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Lisa
Lisa

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?

Monica
Monica

Hi Lisa,

Yes, if you have difficulty 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 @ AlgaeCal

Goretti Ferreira
Goretti Ferreira

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

Elliot
Elliot

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?

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Terri Lee
Terri Lee

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

Monica
Monica

Hi Terri,

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

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Susan K.
Susan K.

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

Mary Nell Pettitt
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!!!

Monica
Monica

Wow!

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 @ AlgaeCal

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

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

Joan Lewis
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.

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Lezley
Lezley

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.

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Carrie
Carrie

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!

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

susan leslie
susan leslie

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

Margaret
Margaret

You guys are fantastic!

Monica
Monica

Thanks Margaret!

We think you are too 🙂

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Judy Burns
Judy Burns

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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Judy Burns
Judy Burns

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

JEANINE
JEANINE

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?

Colette
Colette

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..

Monica
Monica

Glad you came across this discussion, too. 🙂

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Karen Zei
Karen Zei

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

Monica
Monica

Sent 🙂

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Karen Zei
Karen Zei

What about coconut sugar and coconut nectar?

Monica
Monica

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 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 @ AlgaeCal

Sylvia LeDoux
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.

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Jeanine Hanson
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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

Shirley
Shirley

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

Monica
Monica

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 @ AlgaeCal

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