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AlgaeCal Plant Calcium


R 405.70
Why AlgaeCal - A Whole Food Calcium Source
Get A Whole Food Calcium Source - Versus single element calcium supplements, AlgaeCal is simply powdered Marine Algae containing an entire spectrum of plant nutrients, large quantities of Calcium and Magnesium, plus 73 trace minerals. Which do you prefer? A symphony of elements in a natural balance or a single element?

Plant Versus Rock - Your current Calcium supplement is either inorganic or laboratory-made. By far the most common form of calcium in supplements is carbonate which is limestone - a rock. Your body was designed to accept plant minerals better than rock because plants pre-digest the minerals for us.

Living Versus Dead - AlgaeCal washes up on the pristine shores of South America where it is harvested live, just like vegetables from a garden, then cold processed to retain nutritional value.

Bio-available and Ionic - The porous nature of AlgaeCal dramatically increases surface area which lends itself to extensive ionization. Dissolution tests mimicking stomach acid show 97% goes into solution within 30 minutes!

Why take regular Calcium when you can have AlgaeCal®?
Non-geniculate marine algas (AlgaeCal®) washes up on remote beaches in South America where it is harvested live with minimal environmental impact, then ground into a powder for use in dietary supplements and functional foods.

Under Electron Microscope the differences between inorganic Calcium Carbonate and biological AlgaeCal are apparent. Note the porous, rounded shape of AlgaeCal compared to the angular crystalline structure of calcium carbonate.

The extensive porosity of AlgaeCal’s plant-sourced minerals dramatically increases the surface area and “ionic potential” of the minerals as opposed to the solid crystalline form.

Some of these outcomes are being clinically studied currently in the AlgaeCal Bone Health Program

Why Is AlgaeCal Plant Calcium Unique?
• the only calcium complex proven to stop bone density loss. 
• the only USDA Certified Organic Calcium
• the only pure plant calcium 
• the only unbleached algae calcium 
• the only algae calcium with human bone health studies

What is AlgaeCal?

There is no calcium supplement like AlgaeCal Plant Calcium. 
Patent pending AlgaeCal is from a marine algae, Algas Calcareas.sp, that grows wild in the ocean waters of South America. Washed by the tides onto the shore, the tennis ball sized algae are handpicked live one by one by local fishermen and then sun dried. It’s Mother Nature at her best, providing a natural nutrient cocktail that wards off brittle bones. 

WHY a PLANT based Calcium?
Did you know most calcium products are made from ROCK? Why take limestone calcium when you can have a complete, PLANT whole-food mineral complex?

Is it possible that a balance of minerals, as in Algas Calcareas.sp ocean algae is a better approach to supporting your bone health?

And maybe minerals that are in a plant form are more body-friendly than typical rock calcium supplements?

AlgaeCal is more than a rich calcium source – it also contains large amounts of Magnesium and bone supporting trace minerals including Boron, Silica, Strontium and Vanadium – and all are plant derived for bio-availability!

AlgaeCal Plant Calcium Is The Only Certified Organic Calcium?
USDA/NOP IFOAM Organic Certification attests AlgaeCal Plant Calcium is harvested only from pristine waters in an environmentally sustainable manner. Organic Certification also means all aspects of handling and processing are scrutinized.

AlgaeCal Plant Calcium makes the grade because it is simply washed with fresh water, then sun-dried and milled, free of the bleaching process routinely done to other marine algae. 

AlgaeCal is a plant calcium that supports bone health AND protects the environment for future generations.

AlgaeCal is very SOLUBLE and BIO-AVAILABLE 
We know AlgaeCal has a unique porous nature, like a sponge so it has a lot more surface area than regular calcium carbonate. More surface area means more opportunity for stomach acid to come in contact with the calcium and dissolve it. We have proven this theory is true - in a USP dissolution test simulating stomach conditions, 97% of the calcium in AlgaeCal goes into solution. In other words 97% is available for absorption, even for elderly people if they take AlgaeCal with meals.

AlgaeCal - in vitro absorption studies
The bio-availability of calcium is defined as the fraction of dietary calcium that is potentially absorbable by the intestine and can be used for physiological functions, particularly bone mineralization, or to limit bone loss. Different methods exist for measuring calcium bio-availability: from in vitro tests to animals or human in vivo tests.

AlgaeCal was tested for calcium absorption in an in vitro test simulating the human digestive tract by the respected seaweed analysing institute, C.E.V.A. in France.

These tests concluded that the calcium contained in AlgaeCal is readily absorbed and a superior source of calcium compared to the Calcium in Calcium Caltrate because of a better bio-availability result, respectively 75% compared to 69%.

Calcium absorption of AlgaeCal was also compared to some typical foods that are high in calcium content. AlgaeCal demonstrated higher calcium absorption than common calcium-containing foods.

Better bio-availabilty does not always mean better results
AlgaeCal however is not only very bio-available, but contains all of the proven bone supporting trace minerals and co-factors, and it has shown clinical evidence of increased bone density, even among post-menopausal women!


Still Unsure If AlgaeCal Plant Calcium Really Works? Consider The Science:

1. A Comparative Effectiveness Research Study on the Safety, Efficacy and Tolerability of a Plant-Sourced Calcium Supplement vs. a Leading Calcium-carbonate Supplement

In a 6 month Comparative Effectiveness Research Study, 50 women, average age of 55, used AlgaeCal Plant Calcium and maintained a healthy diet and lifestyle. After just 180 days, bone loss was stopped, as indicated by before and after DEXA tests. 

A 100 person clinical study showed AlgaeCal Plant Calcium affects bone density 1.6 times greater than the market-leading calcium carbonate, stopping bone loss completely at the 6 month mark. As part of the same study, subjects in the calcium carbonate group reported discomfort (gas, bloating, constipation) resulting in an 18% dropout rate. There were no such complaints or dropouts from the AlgaeCal participants . This study is ongoing with publication expected in 2011.

2. Comparative Effects of AlgaeCal vs. Two Common Calcium Salts on Proliferation and Mineralization in Human Osteoblast Cells

A study comparing effects of AlgaeCal to calcium carbonate and calcium citrate on human osteoblast cells showed AlgaeCal having several-fold greater effect on mineralization and proliferation of these bone building cells. Osteoblasts are the cells responsible for bone growth, and the increased effect due to AlgaeCal helps to explain the ability to stop bone loss. Other significant results from the same study showed AlgaeCal reducing oxidative stress on a cellular level.
Pubmed listing – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20213262

3. AlgaeCal Safety and Toxicological Studies

A summary of six safety and toxicology studies has been accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed journal, Toxicology Mechanisms and Actions. The results from US and European studies shows AlgaeCal to have zero safety or toxicological concerns. As well, toxicity of AlgaeCal was tested on pregnant and nursing females with excellent results. 

BEWARE Bleached Plant Calciums Posing as AlgaeCal®
AlgaeCal® is the ONLY marine algae calcium from hand harvested, living algae. There are other algae calciums available in supplements on the shelves of Canadian and American health food stores. These calcified algae are the product of industrial dredging operations with massive vacuums that suck mainly dead algae sand from the ocean floor. The process causes environmental damage by stripping the ocean bottom, then suffocating delicate ecosystems with silt. 80% of the vacuumed material is ocean debris that gets thrown back – and the remaining 20% is dead, decomposed algae that is then treated to a 24 hour chemical bleach bath, bottled, and sold as pure plant calcium. 

These calcium ingredients have no clinical studies on human bone health, or organic certification. They are not live-harvested, and the dredging is not ecologically sound, yet in a capsule or a tablet they look like a similar powder to AlgaeCal. They cost about 1/7th as much as AlgaeCal so it is very tempting for some manufacturers to use them. AlgaeCal Plant Calcium is licensed to bear the AlgaeCal logo, and contains only pure AlgaeCal and vitamin D3. 

What is the iodine level in AlgaeCal? 
Taking a thyroid supplement and cannot take kelp? 
AlgaeCal is a marine algae, not a seaweed or kelp. Our most recent lot of AlgaeCal contained 7.33 parts per million of iodine, which translates to a total of 17.5 micrograms in the recommended daily dose of 4 capsules ( 4.4 micrograms per capsule).

For comparison sake, see the chart below that lists the iodine content of various foods per 100 grams. AlgaeCal has only slightly more iodine than dairy products and Kelp has more iodine than iodized salt.

Recommended Dosage:
For bone health maintenance it is recommended to take 3 capsules a day. It is best to take 2 capsules in the morning with breakfast and 1 in the evening with dinner.

If you are actively trying to grow bone because you have been diagnosed with osteopenia, osteoporosis or you are at risk of developing osteoporosis then it is recommended to take 4 capsules a day. It is best to take 2 capsules in the morning with breakfast and 2 in the evening with dinner.

The product information provided is for educational purposes and is not intended as either diagnosis or treatment of any disease, nor does it replace professional medical advice. Report any symptoms to your doctor or health care practitioner to ensure appropriate medical care. Do not stop using any prescription medication without first consulting with your doctor. Due to the unique nature of each individual person’s health, specific results cannot be guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Please read ingredients and dosages carefully.

This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council (MCC). This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Serving Size: 3 Capsules

Vitamins Per Serving % Daily Value
Calcium (from AlgaeCal)750 mg75%
Magnesium (from AlgaeCal)65 mg20%
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)1000 IU (25 mcg)100%

Other Ingredients:
Vegetable Capsule.

Keep container tightly closed in a cool, dry and dark place. Keep out of reach of children.

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