Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is Algaecal® another Scam?

What type of Calcium is Algaecal ®?
Algaecal is simply a Calcium Carbonate
(source: Report showing calcium from algae is calcium carbonate. Centre d’etude & et de valorisation des Algues. Report to Algae CAL Int’l, las vegas, NV. Feb 2007).

What is the science behind Algaecal®?
There is only one study involving calcium carbonate from algae. This Algaecal study is an unpublished study and it is not a controlled calcium study. Participants also took high levels of vitamin D and strontium and followed a diet and exercise program, all of which benefit bone density. You can read on the Algaecal website the conclusion of the study is "These findings should be confirmed by a randomized non-placebo controlled double-blind trial to isolate the effects of the supplement separate and apart from the potential interactive effects of the other components of the Plan".
This conclusion means that this study cannot conclude that Algaecal alone increases bone density. Why didn't Algeacal conduct a study on the calcium from sea algae alone?
To assess the bone impact of calcium carbonate alone,
click here for calcium carbonate research

Algaecal®, claims: "AdvaCAL®, is Laboratories made product"
Is Algaecal implying that they are retrieving the calcium from the algae directly on the beach with all the impurities? hmmm... we hope not. So if it is not on the beach, could it be done in a lab or a plant? Most likely.

Is Algaecal , recognized by the Scientific world?
A December 2009 report in the journal Osteoporosis International revealed that women taking AdvaCAL® calcium had an impressive bone density increase among 32 different calcium clinical studies conducted between 1977 and 2008. The 32 multi-year studies involved 3,169 postmenopausal women, 79 skeletal measures and 7 different types of calcium.

Calcium carbonate from algae (Algaecal®, Grow Bone®, Bone Strength Take Care®) were not listed on the report since they don’t have any published clinical studies. To review the calcium research, please visit:

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This product is not intented to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.
Adequate calcium with vitamin D as part of a healthful diet throughout life, along with physical activity may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life.

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