This human study involving more than 200 women and men found that AlgaeCal formulations increased bone density by more than 2% on average. To gain bone density at all is an unusual finding as humans normally lose approximately 1% of bone each year after age 40. This open label study measured bone density of participants at the beginning, then again after six months of taking AlgaeCal formulations (including strontium).
The primary outcome measure was bone mineral density and a secondary measure was safety as reported in a panel of 43 blood tests along with quality of life questionnaire. Calcium studies often report an “increase in bone density”, but it is never an outright increase – it is an increase compared to the placebo group which is declining – so the participants are actually losing bone. This study is a landmark result with a real increase in BMD.