Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / November 8, 2013

Listen HERE as Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, author of Your Bones discusses her book and bone health with Elena del Valle, host of the podcast. Lara is a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience with bone health. Her motivation to learn how to naturally overcome bone loss came from being directly affected by it, as it’s a condition that runs in her family. Lara discovered AlgaeCal because she has been a medical writer and editor of a medical journal and recently wrote ‘Love Your Bones’, a book on bone health. She was constantly looking at the research on bone health and found a number of studies that got her interested in AlgaeCal. She discovered two laboratory studies (in vitro and cell culture) in which AlgaeCal greatly outperformed the other forms of calcium: calcium carbonate and…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / October 29, 2013

Notice the many people claiming to be ‘health experts’ these days, all with varying advice? It’s exhausting knowing who and what to believe, as they seem to present equally compelling evidence for their case. So in the rare moment they agree on one thing, I take note because I think it may be an example of that elusive thing we call ‘The Truth’. Vegetables: The One Thing All the Experts Agree On Have you ever heard any diet plan, or person recommending that you stop, or even moderate your consumption of broccoli, kale or collard greens? 

 No, but the merit of steak, rice, bread, cheese, fish and more, is always being debated, with even the advocates advising to limit your amounts.(1) 

 That vegetables are just good for you is unanimous even amongst the most opinionated nutritional authorities.


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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / October 16, 2013

Do you know how strong your bones are? You might think you can just tell, but the truth is no one can accurately know without having either an ultrasound or DEXA test that measures the density of your bones. That you’re “feeling fine” can be a deceiving indicator of your bone health, as most are doing just that, until they suffer an excruciating fracture from a small bump or fall. Our Bones – Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Most of us go to the dentist once, often twice per year for a check up, since we were kids. Often you arrive thinking that your teeth are good because you’ve had zero aches or pains. But an hour later the dentist is telling you that you have two cavities that need attention. I don’t know how many times that has…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / October 3, 2013

Did you know that in men and women over 50, 80% of broken bones are caused by osteoporosis?(1) So DEXA tests, that measure your bone density, should be a routine part of regular check ups. But they’re not. Because osteoporosis, called the ‘silent killer’ (as it attacks beneath the surface and creeps up without notice), still does not get the attention and medical funding of other more known diseases. However, a new study indicates that there may be a quick, affordable way to predict and prevent hip fractures that is accessible to all: a simple height test. Could this be true? Let’s see… At Risk Of Stating the Obvious… According to a new study at The Ohio State University Medical Center, height loss in later adulthood is a ‘powerful predictor of osteoporosis’.(2) Says Dr. Seth Kantor, lead author of the…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Exercise / Research / September 19, 2013

“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley A recent Canadian study has found out that you may be able to strengthen your bones and cancel that expensive gym membership – at the same time! Because the key to increasing your bone density doesn’t rely necessarily on doing weights, as was previously thought. It’s also the simple things in life, like housework and walking that will help you avoid crippling osteoporosis, infamously known as ‘The Silent Killer’. A new study from McMaster University in Canada examined the possible link between bone mineral density and regular physical activity in a group of 1,169 Canadian woman aged 75 and older. Moderate exercise (walking, household chores) for at least 4 hours per week was done by 72 percent of…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / February 10, 2013

There are many factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis: your age, family history, body type, lifestyle choices, and your diet all come to mind. And while these are just a few of the many factors that contribute to bone health (or lack thereof), a lot of our customers share a very similar story. They were aware of their risk, they made several lifestyle and diet changes, and yet they still wound up with osteoporosis. That’s why when we received this story from Sandy about her struggles with bone health, we weren’t surprised. And we wanted to share her story with you to make sure that you understand that experiencing bone loss is not your fault. At all. It’s a natural part of aging for most people, and it’s likely something you were never told about until it was too…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Exercise / Research / September 10, 2012

It is common knowledge that as we age we lose a percentage of muscle mass with every decade and our bones also become less dense if we do not take proper care through diet and exercise. However, little attention has been paid so far on how muscle mass affects the complexion of our skeletal system both in terms of internal and external microstructure. A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic has looked at this very aspect and put forth some very interesting findings that were published in the medical periodical titled, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). (1) According to lead researcher, Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at Mayo Clinic, “Our study adds to the growing body of evidence supporting the highly integrated nature…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / September 5, 2012

There is some good news for wine drinkers. If recent research from the University of Oregon is to be believed moderate consumption of wine on a regular basis benefits the bones and this is especially true for aging women who have crossed menopause. Apparently, a glass or two of wine works as well as certain anti-resorptive drugs at keeping the bones strong and from leading to the development of osteoporosis. However, make no mistake it is wine or beer and not any other form of alcohol that drives home the benefit to the thinning bones. Also, caution is to be practiced in terms of the amount of wine that is being consumed. Any more than a glass or two will do damage. Experts from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research took a look at the study conducted by the…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / August 30, 2012

It’s no secret that smoking is associated with cardiovascular diseases and other health conditions such as cancers of the lungs and esophagus but now there is a new study that points at smoking’s connection with osteoporosis. Though the link between the two is not new and had been brought to light almost two decades back, this new study throws light on exactly how cigarette smoke weakens the bones making them susceptible to fractures and osteoporosis. (1) The study was funded by Cancer and Smoking Related Disease Research Program and the Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Program. The findings of the study were published in the May issue of the ACS journal called Proteome Research. The report conclusively exhibited how smoking causes for greater production of two proteins both of which trigger the natural process in the body to break down…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Life Stages / August 16, 2012

I have twin daughters who are fourteen and like most teens, when they return home through summer they reach out for a chilled can of soda, Coke to be precise. They will have other options to choose from like chilled milk, orange juice, mango juice, lemonade but they will head for the one that does them least good. The only way I can get them to not have it at home is to not stock it, which is what I have done this summer. So they crib and complain but they are left with no choice but to go for that milk or juice. Talking to them about bone health this spring has also helped them understand the importance of long-term issues at hand at some level and this made them less resistant to the idea of not having any…

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