May is National Osteoporosis Month (+ Enter to Win!)

Research / May 1, 2017

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month.

And chances are, you or someone you know has suffered from osteoporosis.

So you understand that a sudden fracture can not only interrupt your regular routine but change your lifestyle for the worse.

That’s why today (and the rest of the month), we’re asking you to join us in spreading the word about the importance of building and maintaining strong bones.

Test Your Bone Health Knowledge

Below is a video of the AlgaeCal Team asking people of all ages a few questions about their bone health.  You may be surprised at how much (or little) they know.  


Do you think your loved ones know the answers to these questions? If you want to make sure, share this video and join us in spreading the word.

Win a 6-Month Bone Builder Pack from AlgaeCal!

Would you like to win a 6-month supply of AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost?

There are few simple ways to let us know you’re interested. And each earns you separate entries into the draw. Meaning you can enter your name MULTIPLE times, increasing your chances to win.

  • First, you can sign-up to our newsletter using your preferred email address. (That’s worth 5 entries!)
  • Second, you can visit AlgaeCal on Facebook.
  • Third, you can follow AlgaeCal on Pinterest.
  • Fourth, you can follow AlgaeCal on Twitter.
  • Fifth, you can answer a bone health question. (That’s worth 3 entries!)
  • And 6th, you can share this giveaway with family and friends.

And hey, if you do them all, that’s 11 separate entries into our National Osteoporosis Awareness Month Giveaway. That means 11 chances in total to win your own Bone Builder Pack! Enter below!

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Rebecca D Fischer

Trying Algaecal after being diagnosed with Osteopenia at age 56. Excited to see how this works!


Wonderful to hear, Rebecca! Let us know if you have any questions during your bone health journey.
– Monica

madelyn thide

haven’t tried it yet but have taken 10,000 IU Vit D K2 other products…under a DO’s nothing has helped but have had several kyphoplastys … doing a toxic metal detox that i think will eliminate some issues… and wt bearing??? if anyone shouldn’t have osteoporosis from doing wt bearing it should be me…


Hi Madelyn,
If you have any questions, please let us know. We hear your story all too often of ‘doing everything right’ yet still getting osteoporosis. Everyone and situation is completely different due to health, medical history etc. so we urge you to try and find your cause(s) for bone loss. Our website hosts a wealth of information and you can always call in and speak to one of our wonderful Bone Health Advisors.
– Monica

Margaret Gibson

I found out the painful way that too much Vitamin D can cause kidney stones.
Two years ago I had osteoporosis in three of the places they scanned and osteopenia in several other locations. After only 6 months on AlgaeCal and strontium I only have osteoporosis in one location and all the osteopenia numbers have improved. I take thyroid med so I was stoked to see my latest scan after only 6 months! I have high hopes for my next scan in two years.


Hi Margaret,
Sorry to hear about that experience, but appreciate you taking the time to share. It is so wonderful to hear of your improvement with AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost! We look forward to your next scan as well, please let us know how it goes 🙂
– Monica

yauming hosang

please send samples


Hi Yauming,
Unfortunately, we do not have samples of AlgaeCal products. However, you can buy one bottle first to try and we guarantee your satisfaction!
– Monica

Barbara Fuller

DEXTA scan figures are based on a 30yr old. At 61, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis after a wrist fracture. The Consultant stated that if I didn’t accept her findings and failed to take injections of these chemical drugs, I would be in a wheelchair in ten years. GP also tried to push these drugs on me. A Harley street nutritionist also suggested I take these drugs. Information in UK is so sadly lacking.


Hi Barbara,
Sorry to hear the information you searched for in the past was less than adequate. Glad you’ve found us! If you have any questions or need help finding certain information, please let us know. We’re here to help 🙂

– Monica

Terri Fedele

I’m 57 recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. DEXA scan -3.8 lumbar. I just started taking both AlgaeCal and StrontiumBoost. Walking 30 minutes several times a week, and really trying to eat right. I have Lara’s book, which is great. I would highly recommend it. My concern is how much improvement (if any) can I expect with next years DEXA scan. Assuming I continue with the supplements and exercise. ~thank you,


Hi Terri,
Sounds like you are on the right track to reclaiming your bone health. Lara’s book is super valuable and we recommend everyone read it, too!

We guarantee you will increase your bone density with AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. How much, however, varies among each individual as each situation is different. That is one thing we can’t predict, unfortunately.
– Monica

D. H. Thomas

Having been recently diagnosed with osteopenia/osteoarthritis, I would love to try this combination, but learned that it creates negative side effects for users of levythyroxine. Please advise and thanks!


Hi D.H.,
Thyroid medications interact with calcium, yes, but that shouldn’t deter you from taking AlgaeCal Plus. You can simply just take your thyroid medication 4 hours apart from calcium-containing foods or supplements. Same with Strontium Boost, if you plan to take that as well. Here’s a short video by Lara Pizzorno, our Bone Health Expert, who discusses this:
– Monica

Sk Holt Clark

Two years ago i decided to “try” a bone builder pack because I had been diagnosed with osteopenia. I knew that I did not want to take Pharmaceuticals to overcome the problem so I searched and found this product period because of the money back guarantee I was immediately on board. One year later when I went in for my next bone scan the technician reading my results was surprised that I had an increase of over 8% in my bone density. I will never stop taking these products. They are worth every penny!


Hi Sk,

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and share. We LOVE hearing success stories like yours and are so happy for you and your journey so far. Please keep us updated and let us know if you have any questions during your continued bone health journey!
– Monica

Celine Hagen

My husband, Steve, (59) has advanced stage osteoporosis (& fibromyalgia and scoliosis) …He is using Jarrows Bone supplement. He is in a lot of physical pain due to fractures in his spine, pulled muscles/ tendons. Unable to work since 2000…was taking opiates…now smoking medical marijuana…he feels his bones shifting/ moving & is very concerned. Doctors just tell him to ice & use Ibuprofen. Your calcium product will really work?? This is my hope. I’m new to your website. At work need to go for now. Thank you.


Hi Celine,
AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost will absolutely help as it provides the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal bone health. It’s also been clinically proven to increase bone density. Our Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil can also help manage pain and reduce inflammation at the source. We’ve actually had customers with scoliosis and fibromyalgia find relief. You can see one of those stories here:

If your or your husband would like to call in and speak to a Bone Health Advisor, we are definitely here to chat. You can call in Canada and USA toll free at: 1-800-820-0184 from Monday through Friday: 6am to 4pm (PST) and Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 2pm (PST).
– Monica


I appreciate your product but I take ‘Vitamin Code Raw Calcium’ formulated by Garden of Life not just because they use Algae Cal in their supplement but also, it does not contain Magnesium Stearate, and that is very important to me.

Barbara Gullo

I’m taking AlgaeCal and Strontium now after being diagnosed with osteoporosis but am still concerned about coronary calcium buildup. My last coronary calcium test was around 25 so I do have some buildup. My cardiologist says the jury is still out on whether taking calcium can contribute to this problem.


Hi Barbara,
AlgaeCal Plus contains vitamin K2, which directs calcium straight to your bones and keeps them out of arteries. AlgaeCal has had three human clinical trials conducted, the last was 7 years long – with no adverse side effects from participants, which includes heart issues.

I’m going to quote Lara Pizzorno, our Bone Health Expert as she replied to a similar concern recently…

“We’ve known for more than 20 years now that one of the proteins that vitamin K2 activates, called matrix Gla protein, not only prevents calcium from depositing in the vasculature, but actually removes calcium deposits from our blood vessels (and other soft tissues, like our kidneys, breasts and brain).

The first human evidence for a link between nutritional vitamin K status and vascular health was provided by the Rotterdam study, whose results were published in 2004.
Geleijnse JM, Vermeer C, Grobbee DE, Schurgers LJ, et al. Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study. J Nutr. 2004 Nov;134(11):3100-5. PMID: 15514282

In this study, dietary intake of phylloquinone (vitamin K1) and menaquinone (vitamin K2) was analyzed in relation to risk of aortic calcification and coronary heart disease (CHD) in 4,807 elderly subjects recruited from the general population. Risk of incident CHD, all-cause mortality, and vascular pathology (aortic calcification) was found to be inversely related to intake of vitamin K2 (i.e., greater K2 intake resulted in significantly lower risk), but no such benefits were detected with respect to different levels of vitamin K1 intake. This is because K1, while beneficial for our bones because it lowers inflammation (and chronic inflammation is a key underlying cause of excessive osteoclast activation and bone loss), does not activate the vitamin K-dependent proteins, osteocalcin, which pulls calcium into bone, and matrix Gla protein, which prevents calcium from depositing in soft tissues and removes calcium that has deposited in the vasculature.

Since the Rotterdam study, a number of additional studies have shown that insufficient intake of vitamin K2 is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular calcification, whereas higher intake of vitamin K2 exerts cardiovascular protection. Here are just a few of these papers (perhaps you might want to share these with your doctor since K2 is an extremely safe, effective and inexpensive treatment to prevent and reverse arterial calcification that he or she should know about):

Juanola-Falgarona M, Salas-Salvadó J, et al. Dietary intake of vitamin K is inversely associated with mortality risk. J Nutr. 2014 May;144(5):743-50. doi: 10.3945/jn.113.187740. Epub 2014 Mar 19. Erratum in: J Nutr. 2016 Mar;146(3):653. PMID: 24647393
Vissers LE, Dalmeijer GW, Boer JM, et al. Intake of dietary phylloquinone and menaquinones and risk of stroke. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Dec 10;2(6):e000455. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.113.000455. PMID: 24326161
Vissers LE, Dalmeijer GW, Boer JM, et al. The relationship between vitamin K and peripheral arterial disease. Atherosclerosis. 2016 Sep;252:15-20. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2016.07.915. Epub 2016 Jul 25.
PMID: 27494446
Shea MK, Holden RM. Vitamin K status and vascular calcification: evidence from observational and clinical studies. Adv Nutr. 2012 Mar 1;3(2):158-65. doi: 10.3945/an.111.001644. PMID: 22516723
Gast GC, de Roos NM, Sluijs I, et al. A high menaquinone intake reduces the incidence of coronary heart disease. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2009 Sep;19(7):504-10. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2008.10.004. Epub 2009 Jan 28. PMID: 19179058

Vitamin K2 has been also been studied in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and found to help prevent excessive bone loss, and in patients with chronic kidney disease, a condition that results in arterial calcification. The most recently published study looking into the effects of K2 on arterial calcification in patients with chronic kidney disease was a small, pilot trial of 42 subjects with CKD stage 3-5 who were randomized into two treatment arms: one group receiving 400 iu of vitamin D3 only and a second group receiving 400 IU of D3 plus 90 mcg of K2 daily for 270 days. Progression of atherosclerosis was assessed by measurement of the intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery and was significantly lower in patients treated with both D3 and MK-7. Several additional prospective, interventional studies are now in process that will further investigate vitamin K2’s cardiovascular benefits.
Brandenburg VM, Schurgers LJ, Kaesler N, et al. Prevention of vasculopathy by vitamin K supplementation: can we turn fiction into fact? Atherosclerosis. 2015 May;240(1):10-6. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2015.02.040. Epub 2015 Feb 24. PMID: 25744701

One of these is focusing specifically on coronary arterial calcification — a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial: “The Effects of Vitamin K-2 Supplementation on the Progression of Coronary Artery Calcification.” This study is being conducted from Maastricht, The Netherlands ( Identifier: NCT01002157 and is investigating daily supplementation with 360 mcg Vitamin K-2 (MK7) in patients with established coronary artery calcification (CAC). The study is investigating whether MK-7 supplementation results in a decreased progression-rate of CAC after 24 months of follow-up. I am following this research and will be reporting the results when each of these studies is published.

Hope this helps,

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