How to Take AlgaeCal [PDF]

Algaecal / Team AlgaeCal News / October 6, 2018

For those of you who might be confused about the best way to take your AlgaeCal Plus or AlgaeCal Basic, Strontium Boost and Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil throughout the day…

We’ve got something you’ll love.

Simply print this handy chart out and stick it on your fridge. Following this daily routine will make sure your supplements are spaced out correctly, and you’ll absorb everything effectively.

How to Take AlgaeCal Supplements

Click Here to Download a Printable PDF


Scheduling Your AlgaeCal Supplements

  • AlgaeCal Plus and AlgaeCal Basic should be taken with food. We recommend taking your AlgaeCal supplements with breakfast and then with dinner as it’s an easy schedule to remember. But you only need a small amount of food (just enough to stimulate the production of stomach acid to help you absorb the nutrients in the supplement) so you can take your capsules with a snack if you prefer.
  • Strontium Boost and AlgaeCal Plus/Basic should be taken 2-3 hours apart to ensure they don’t compete for absorption.
  • Strontium Boost should also be taken 2-3 hours apart from consuming calcium-rich foods. Strontium Boost can be taken with or without food (as it reads on the product label), but most folks take it right before bed on an empty stomach.
  • You can take Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil right off the spoon (it’s that tasty.) But if you prefer, you can take your Triple Power with food as it doesn’t have any interactions. In fact, lots of people enjoy taking their Triple Power with breakfast because the natural mango flavor pairs well with granola, fruits, and yogurt.

Separating AlgaeCal From Other Supplements and Medications

Other Supplements

A general rule of thumb is to take any other supplements containing calcium, magnesium, iron or zinc 2 to 3 hours before or after your AlgaeCal Plus or AlgaeCal Basic. This will help limit any potential interactions and ensure you receive maximum absorption from all your supplements.

You should separate taking Strontium Boost from any other supplements containing calcium, iron, or zinc too. But it’s safe to take your Strontium Boost with magnesium supplements.

Prescription Medication

It’s also best to separate any prescription medication you take from your AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost capsules too. A general rule of thumb is to separate prescription medications and AlgaeCal supplements by 2-4 hours.

For example, medications to treat thyroid conditions or acid reflux typically need to be taken at least 4 hours before or after you take your AlgaeCal supplements. If you’re unsure about your particular medications, we advise you confirm your regimen with your doctor.


If You Forget To Take Your AlgaeCal

Sometimes you might forget to take your AlgaeCal supplements…but don’t worry! It happens.

If you forget to take one of your doses of AlgaeCal Plus or AlgaeCal Basic during the day, it’s best to take it a little later on rather than skip it all together (with a little snack to ensure your body absorbs the capsule, of course.)

Remember though; if you take Strontium Boost as well as AlgaeCal Plus or Basic, you need to separate taking the supplements by 2-3 hours. So if you forgot to take a dose of AlgaeCal Plus/Basic during the day and took it a little later than you usually would, when should you take your Strontium Boost?

Well, if you’ll be awake for another 2-3 hours after taking your second dose of AlgaeCal, you can still take your Strontium Boost before you go to bed. But if you take your forgotten second dose of AlgaeCal right before bedtime, take your Strontium Boost in the middle of the night. Like when you wake to use the bathroom for example.

We’d love to know if you’ve found this information helpful. Don’t forget to share, like, and comment 🙂


If you still have questions about how to take your AlgaeCal supplements, or about any aspect of your bone health journey, please feel free to call one of our Bone Health Consultants toll-free at 1-800-820-0184. Or if you prefer email, you can reach us at [email protected].

Pssst…Did you know the recommended daily amount of calcium intake for women 51 and older is 1200 mg from food and supplements combined? (For other ages ranges, check out our main calcium page.)

AlgaeCal Plus (720 mg) or Basic (750 mg if you take 3 a day) will provide a good portion of your daily target, but you’ll typically still need around 500 mg of calcium from your diet too. The good news is, the Standard American Diet provides about 500 mg per day, which should get you to target!

However, we wanted to make it easy for you so we created the top sources of calcium in another of our printable PDFs: Top 42 Calcium-Rich Foods Shopping List.

Comments
Melanie Lauzon
Melanie Lauzon

Hi. I am taking my Strontium just before bedtime. My question is about the spacing of my AlgaeCal. I try to stick to time restrictive eating. This means I often don’t eat until mid afternoon, and then early evening. Does taking the AlgaeCal so close together pose a problem? What time period, if any, do I need to have for my two lots of two AlgaeCal tablets? Thank you. Melanie in England.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Melanie,

Your doses of AlgaeCal Plus should be kept a minimum of two hours apart! It sounds like this should fit into your routine well, but if you need any assistance with scheduling please let us know.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Helen
Helen

I usually take my Strontium at 11:00PM. Now I need to take an antibiotic called Doxycycline. How far apart should I take the Doxycycline after taking Strontium? Any interaction between the two?
Thanks for an answer.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Helen,

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to keep your antibiotic at least 2-3 hours apart from AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. This will ensure there are no absorption interactions!

If you need any help fitting this into your schedule feel free to call us at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Susan
Susan

Thank you for all of the helpful information that you are providing!

Lana Hilton
Lana Hilton

Is it alright to take a B 12 with Strontium before going to bed?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Yes, you can take them together Lana!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Susan
Susan

I didn’t take Strontium correctly with the AlgaeCal and so I have some of it left over. Can I take it by itself or do I have to have the other tablet too? If so, can I order just the AlgaeCal by itself?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Susan,

We always recommend taking AlgaeCal Plus alongside Strontium Boost for the best possible results. You can purchase AlgaeCal Plus on its own here.

If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Lisa
Lisa

I’m trying to figure out a schedule for taking algaeCal and strontium along with my bio-identical hormones and other meds. is this schedule ok? Yikes…

Thyroid meds first thing in the morning…Armour and cytomel.
DIM with my coffee
Metformin after breakfast
Biest cream after morning shower
Algae Cal before or after lunch
AlgaeCal before dinner
Metformin after dinner
Strontium at bedtime with progesterone pill

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for taking the time to write out everything you’re taking! Our Bone Health Consultants will send you an email from [email protected] within the next 24 hours with their suggestions for the optimal schedule.

If you have any questions in the meantime you can give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Cathy Beckett
Cathy Beckett

I have just started to take Algaecal and Strontium Boost but have been taking Evacal D3. Is it worth continuing to take these – or at least 1 tablet per day – for the extra D3?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Cathy,

You’ll be getting all of the calcium your body needs from AlgaeCal and your diet! So we wouldn’t recommend continuing with additional supplementation that contains calcium.

In saying that, it’s usually still a good idea to supplement with vitamin D3! The daily dose of AlgaeCal contains 1,600 IU, however the majority of people are deficient, and you may need more than this. We always suggest having your vitamin D levels checked via a blood test to determine your unique needs (some people do require up to 10,000 IU per day, so it’s really important to do this). When you have the result of your blood test, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount here.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Janet Lijeron
Janet Lijeron

I take Prilosec before breakfast (6 :00 am)
AlgaeCal afterward around 8:30 am
and again after lunch around 1 pm
and simvastatin before bedtime…9:30 or at the latest,10:00 pm
Q. If I begin Strontium Boost, when would
I take it?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Janet,

We’re glad you reached out! You can expect an email shortly from our Bone Health Consultants with their best recommendations! 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Cherri
Cherri

I take my levoxythyrine in the morning. I have to wait 4 hours to consume any calcium food or product. So I am taking the Algaecal with lunch and dinner. However, I can’t figure out when to take my multi, which contains a small amount of calcium as well. Also taking Stronium at bed time.
Also my multi contains K, and the Algaecal K2. Any issue with taking both?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Cherri,

It sounds like you are right on track with scheduling your AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium Boost! To avoid absorption interactions, we recommend keeping your multivitamin at least 2 hours apart from AlgaeCal products. You could take your multi between lunch and dinner, or between dinner and bedtime. Keep in mind, AlgaeCal is providing you with all of the vitamins and minerals necessary for bone building. If you would still like to continue your multi, that’s no problem! There’s no issue with taking both as long as they are kept at least 2 hours apart.

If you need any further assistance with scheduling feel free to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Nina Viakara
Nina Viakara

Hi! I have been taking Caltrate tablets, one tablet a day for maintenance of my bones. It has 600 mg of Calcium and 800 IU of Vitamin D3. I am going to start taking AlgaeCal Plus. Do I have to stop Caltrate or can take both?

Thanks
Nina

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Nina,

We’re happy to see one of our Bone Health Consultants has responded to your questions via email! To reiterate, it is unnecessary to take additional calcium as you will be getting all of the calcium you need from AlgaeCal Plus & your daily diet. However, you may need to take additional vitamin D3 (as most of us are deficient!) If you have any further questions or concerns, you can also call to speak with one of our Bone Health Consultants, who will be glad to help you at 1-800-820-0184.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

patricia sisca
patricia sisca

this is all new to me. so I take a statin every night before bed..the strontium wont interfere with that?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Patricia,

Great question! Most medications need to be separate from AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium Boost by at least 2 hours to avoid any possible absorption interactions. You can certainly take the Strontium Boost at a different time of the day, for example in between mealtimes.

Our Bone Health Consultants would be happy to help create a schedule that best suits your lifestyle! Feel free to email [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Sharon J Gordon
Sharon J Gordon

What is the difference between Algae Cal Plus and Basic?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Sharon,

Great question! AlgaeCal Plus is our bone-building formulation that is for any adult looking to maintain or increase their bone density. It has added bone-building vitamins that aren’t found in AlgaeCal Basic, like vitamin C, vitamin K2, boron, and extra magnesium.

The AlgaeCal Basic formulation is typically meant for teenagers and children, or for those taking certain prescription anticoagulant medications. If that is the case, then we highly recommend the AlgaeCal Basic formulation, as the vitamin K2 in AlgaeCal Plus is contraindicated with those drugs.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need help selecting the right formulation for you! You can call 1-800-820-0184 or email [email protected], and our Bone Health Consultants will be happy to assist you 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Robin
Robin

Does taking additional magnesium at the same time as strontium effect absorption of strontium?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Robin,

Great question! You can absolutely take additional magnesium at the same time as the Strontium Boost; they will not interfere with the absorption of each other.

If you have any other questions about how to take AlgaeCal, you can always email [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184 to speak with one of our Bone Health Consultants!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Hawaii Parlor
Hawaii Parlor

Can I take AlgaeCal plus and caltrate together.

Monica
Monica

Hi Hawaii Parlor,

If you are taking a daily dose of AlgaeCal Plus, which provides you 720 mg of calcium, you will be getting the recommended 1200 mg of calcium per day from all sources as the Standard American Diet also provides ~400-600 mg of calcium. So you shouldn’t be needing to take additional supplemental calcium like calcium citrate unless your doctor has suggested this for whatever reason. If so, AlgaeCal Plus would still be the optimal calcium source over calcium citrate.

Is there a particular reason you’d like to take two different calcium sources? If you’d like to call in and speak to a Bone Health Consultant they can discuss what may be best for you – and how to take your supplements if needed. You can call 1-800-820-0184.

Hope that helps!

– Monica

Paulette M BEYRIES
Paulette M BEYRIES

since i started to take algaeCal + strontium (2 algaecal w/BRF and 2 w/dinner – 2 strontium w/lunch + 1 probiotic before bed time) i feel blooded and always thursty specialy when i wake up, i also have headaches.
do you think it has anything to do with it or should i take it at different time ?
Thanks for your help

Monica
Monica

Hi Paulette,

Although uncommon, increased thirst after probiotic supplementation has been reported as a side effect. Switching to a different probiotic, supplementing with a lower dose or discontinuing altogether are options – but it is best to discuss this with your doctor.

– Monica @ AlgaeCal

Linda
Linda

I cannot swallow pills. Is it okay to mix AlgaeCal in milk and drink it? I do not know if it is good to take it with milk or if water would be better… Thanks

Monica
Monica

Hi Linda,
You can absolutely pull apart the capsules and put the powder in milk or juice. We also recommend apple sauce or yogurt as alternatives too, depending on your tastes.
– Monica from AlgaeCal

Vicki Kaufman
Vicki Kaufman

I measure out one tablespoon of Triple Power each day. My bottle lasts about 18 days, not 28 as stated on the label. Is my measuring spoon too big? Am I taking too much?

Monica
Monica

Hi Vicki,
Yes, it seems like you’ve been taking more than one tablespoon per day. It should be equivalent to 15g per day, which will give you 28 days of Triple Power.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Joy
Joy

Your printable dose information doesn’t specify what size of spoonful????

Monica
Monica

Hi Joy,

Sorry about that – it’s a tablespoon for Triple Power.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Brittha buckley
Brittha buckley

I take my Algaecal plus with my breakfast ,smoothie which consists of seeds, black sesame ,hemp,sunflower ,fruits and Veg plus almond milk. What do you suggest I should have for breakfast .

Monica
Monica

Hi Brittha,

Sounds like a nutrient-packed breakfast! You could add some greens or healthy fats like avocado as well :). Keep it up!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Eleanor
Eleanor

Thank you for that information
I usually have wholemeal toast for breakfast
I have read it’s not good to take calcium supplement for two hours after whole grain foods
So do you think this applys to me algaecal
It would be so helpful to know
Kind regards

Monica
Monica

Hi Eleanor,

It’s true that you should avoid eating foods with phytic acid and oxalic acid when taking AlgaeCal or other supplements. Wheat and whole grains tend to be high in these acids, but don’t affect calcium absorption as much as other foods such as spinach, beans, nuts, and seeds. [https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/] For extra precaution you could space this out. If you’d like to call in and speak more in depth about this with one of our Bone Health Advisors you can do so toll-free Canada and USA: 1-800-820-0184.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Liz Williams
Liz Williams

How do AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost fit in with my Levothyroxine dose? Currently I take the AlgaeCal with breakfast and dinner, the levothyroxine at bedtime and the strontium on waking, which is several hours before breakfast.

Monica
Monica

Hi Liz,
Usually, levothyroxine is taken first thing in the morning and so we would recommend AlgaeCal Plus at lunch and dinner (4 hours apart to prevent any possible interaction) and Strontium Boost at bed time.

But your current schedule works as well!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Dhatreyi
Dhatreyi

I am taking Vegan EPA+DHA with10000IU Vit. D by Spectrum with food. Will that interfere with my AlgaeCal Plus at all?
Thanks

Monica
Monica

Hi Dhatreyi,

These will not interfere with AlgaeCal Plus 🙂

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown

My husband and I take Strontium at lunch time to keep it away from the Algaecal Plus but as we have not been on it for long I don’t know if this is working. As we are retired we usually have meat, salad and potatoes for lunch so I didn’t think it was a problem as I don’t think there is any calcium in this type of meal. Should we change to before bed?

Monica
Monica

Hi Barbara,

Taking Strontium Boost at bed will definitely yield the best result. In a salad depending on the portion and type of veggies, there can be between 50 to 100mg or even more of calcium. Those would occupy the receptors strontium needs in order to be absorbed and may cause some Strontium Boost to be flushed out from your system. Ideally, Strontium Boost should not be taken with a meal.

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Ellen Engle
Ellen Engle

I’ve always taken my Strontium Boost about halfway between breakfast and dinner, leaving 3-4 hours either direction. Is there any reason bedtime would be better?

Monica
Monica

Hi Ellen,

As long as you are taking Strontium Boost 2-3 hours apart from meals, it is fine. Most people find it easier to take it right before bed, but if your routine works, then that is great!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Kandy Hutman
Kandy Hutman

This information is very helpful and important.
Having the photo behind the important information is very distracting. is there a way to send it again without the picture of the woman.

Monica
Monica

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the feedback! I just sent you a new version without the picture in the back via email 🙂

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Patricia Graham
Patricia Graham

I’ve been using Strontium Plus and AlgeaCal Plus for a couple of years (with great success according to my DEXT scans). But, I’ve been taking one Strontium Plus in the morning upon rising and one at bedtime. The recommendation above is to take it before bed. Is there a problem taking one in the morning and and one at bedtime instead of just at bedtime?

Monica
Monica

Hi Patricia,

You can take both capsules of Strontium Boost at the same time to make it easier. We do recommend right before bed because when people wake-up they usually have breakfast soon after. Strontium should not be taken within 2-3 hours of calcium-containing foods so it makes it easier to take it at night, a few hours after dinner and before bed to avoid any absorption issues. But, if you take it in the morning and don’t eat 2-3 hours after taking it, then you can continue your routine!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

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