Calcium / Nutrition / Research / July 14, 2014

You probably already know that once you hit your mid-thirties, you lose about 1% of your bone mass each year. That’s why doctors recommend calcium supplements. But in four years of medical school, doctors only get about a single afternoon’s worth of training in nutrition. So it’s no wonder that when it comes to calcium supplements, most doctors don’t understand the nuances. Your doctor may have recommended you take calcium supplements, but chances are, he or she didn’t tell you these 3 vital pieces of information: 1. Most Calcium Supplements Only Slow Bone Loss – They Don’t Reverse It For over 70 years, researchers have known that calcium carbonate and calcium citrate, the two most common forms of supplemental calcium, slow down the bone loss that occurs as we age. That’s why doctors recommend it—because slow bone loss is better…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / February 22, 2014

Picture a classroom full of students taking the same course. Also, imagine if you can that they all have perfect attendance during the year. What is the chance that they will get the exact same score, come exam time? Very low, right? And that is in large part because their ability to absorb information is very different from each other. You can make a similar comparison with calcium. Statistics show we Westerners get the most calcium in the world, but still suffer from the highest rates of osteoporosis. Why? In part because of an inability to fully absorb it. Dr. Elson Haas, writer of “Staying Healthy with Nutrition,” states that 30-80 % of dietary calcium is not absorbed by the body. Other study results found that pre- and menopausal women absorb anywhere from 17-58%. Calcium supplement makers, knowing this is…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Treatment / February 22, 2014

Don’t bring sand to the beach. It’s wise advice we’ve all heard cautioning against our redundant tendencies. And the debate of what is redundant, or wasteful, overlaps into health issues. At AlgaeCal we get asked “I’m taking a multi – do I need to take vitamin D as well?”, or “I eat well, why do I need to supplement with capsules as well? Isn’t that like bringing sand to the beach?” The answer to both those questions rests simply upon – how much minerals/vitamins are you getting from say, your multi, or from the food you are eating? If you look into it you will likely find that the amounts you get fall below what our bodies need to thrive (as that’s generally what the statistics reveal for many people). If so, then supplement. Because being mineral/vitamin deficient will cost…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / January 8, 2014

Four doctors: Gil Kaats, Larry May, Robert Thompson and Marcus Laux discuss the benefits of plant calcium, specifically AlgaeCal, over typical rock-sourced calcium supplements. Dr. Gilbert R Kaats, PhD, Chairman and CEO of Integrative Health Technologies, Inc., says:  “I don’t think everyone should be taking calcium that’s derived from rocks. The standard forms of calcium [rock based] I have some real concern- and that concern has grown over the years as I’ve looked at the literature more and more.” Dr. Robert Thompson a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who practices in Soldotna and Anchorage, Alaska, about plant calcium states: (It is) “certainly the best source of calcium we can provide to our patients…it provides over 1600 mg of trace minerals and over 700 mg of calcium and supplies our daily needs beautifully.” Dr. Lawrence A. May is an American physician, author…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Nutrition / January 5, 2014

With all of the milk commercials we’ve seen in our lifetimes, it’s easy to think that milk products are the only viable source of calcium in your diet. Yet the reality is there are many different practical food sources that are calcium-rich. And eating a variety of them just makes good sense, as each provides a unique combination of vitamins and minerals. It’s more likely you’ll have all your nutritional needs met when you include a wide range of wholesome foods. A note about the list below: Amounts are per 100 grams for each food listed. Daily Value (DV) is a metric developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are shown to help consumers determine the accurate level of nutrients in a standard serving of food, in relation to their approximate requirement for it. With this in…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / September 17, 2013

Someone may have pulled a trick on you. How so? If you bought and take a mainstream calcium tablet, it may be because the seller kept the most crucial detail from you – that it’s made from rock! But it gets worse. Read on to learn 3 reasons that will make you flush the last of your calcium supplements down the drain, and say ‘good riddance!’ Is Your Calcium Giving You False Advertising? It’s funny how sometimes we fool ourselves and each other with euphemisms. Granted, sometimes the intention is a good one: to soften, or alter the hard reality. For example, rather than say someone is fat and bald, we say that they have ‘a few extra pounds’ and are ‘thinning on top’. And we soften the hard reality with things that we consume too. It starts when we’re…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / August 29, 2013

In 2011 a study emerged that claimed taking calcium supplements can increase your risk of heart attacks. (1) So the headlines screamed…“Calcium Supplements Raise Heart Attack Risk 30%” An easy decision was to stop that habit as soon as you read the news, and many people did. Except in 2012 contrasting studies followed that said… “Calcium with Vitamin D Reduces Premature Death Rate.” (2) and “Vitamin D with Calcium shown to reduce Mortality in Elderly.” (3) Given that information, you probably didn’t know which way to turn, and neither did I! Authorities seemed to be saying calcium supplements would shorten AND lengthen your life; that they are good and bad for us. The resolution to this contradiction all along was in the details. So read further to learn about the trial and verdict… Do Calcium Supplements Cause Heart attacks? The…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / July 4, 2013

A new massive study involving over 9000 people has found that women can reduce their risk of death by 22% – by simply taking a calcium supplement! Given the negligible cost and time it takes to swallow a calcium pill, this sounds like the easiest decision you will ever have to make. A no brainer as the kids say, except some recent evidence seems to indicate that calcium does more harm than help. It’s said there are two sides to every coin, but it leaves us in a state of limbo, unable to come to a conclusion. Both positions are backed with scientific studies, so which side should you believe? To get to the correct answer, we must dig further into divisive, complex calcium. Calcium On Trial Over the last few years calcium supplements have taken a black eye due…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / October 31, 2012

“Calcium Needs a Nutrient Symphony: The Key to Bone and Cardiovascular Health” ~ Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, MA, LMT Contradictory Research Findings Regarding Calcium Supplements Two contrasting studies made headlines this May (2012): one (Li K, Kaaks R, Linseisen J, et al.) reporting data on 23,980 participants in the EPIC-Heidelberg cohort that suggested calcium supplements might increase risk of heart attacks; the other, (Rejnmark L,Avenell A, Masud T, et al.) a meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials involving 70,528 subjects that found — only if accompanied by supplemental calcium — does vitamin D lower risk of all-cause mortality. How can we make sense of such seemingly contradictory findings? Are calcium supplements good or bad for us? An in-depth look at what each of these studies actually investigated and all their findings (not just one statistic taken out of context for an…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / September 6, 2012

If you’ve had an ongoing interest in alternative health and supplements, you’ve probably heard an expression that regularly gets thrown around – “calcium is calcium.” I’ve heard store staff say this when asked to recommend a particular product – which translates to “just pick the cheapest one.” And doctors often repeat this if asked by a patient which product they recommend: “I tell my patients to take the kind that they tolerate best and is least expensive,” Marcy B. Bolster, MD, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina and director of the MUSC Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Health. (1) It’s simple, and provides easy to follow advice for those shopping for the world’s most purchased mineral. But is it accurate? Yes and no. Once “Free”, All Calciums Are Equal…

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