Calcium Supplements

Your body contains lots of calcium which is a mineral.  Shells, limestone and other minerals all contain this mineral.  In addition, this is the most abundant mineral in the body and is approximately 99% is present in your bones and teeth.  In its natural state, it is very difficult for the body to absorb this mineral.

Calcium Supplements


Elemental calcium is pure with nothing attached to it.  First, your body absorbs the complex.  Then, your body sees the benefits of the elemental calcium.

What does this mean?

If a product states that it contains 500mg of calcium citrate, this is equal to 105mg of elemental calcium.  When attached to another substance, this mineral is particularly easy to absorb.  Attaching this mineral to an amino acid is the best thing to do.  This “car like attachment is referred to as chelation.  In conclusion, chelated supplements is more easily absorbed by your body.

Why is this important to you?

We need this mineral to maintain bone density and strength.  This mineral also helps to maintain muscles, nerves, blood, gums, and insulin for blood sugar control.  Taking enough of this mineral early in life may help prevent or delay the onset of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become pours, brittle and weak.  this reduction in bone density increased the chance of a fracture.  Almost every woman must ensure she is receiving an adequate amount of calcium.  In fact, 75% of women over the age of 35 do not meet the RDA for this mineral.  Therefore, every female patient is a candidate for a supplement!

What are the risks of using supplements?

People with a history of kidney stones may be at risk if they take a supplement.  Minor risks include the possibility of very mild stomach upset if large doses are taken.  Otherwise, this mineral is very safe.

Negatives of Calcium Supplements

How should you take this supplement?

It is very important to take these supplements WITH FOOD.  This helps the body absorb the mineral and avoid possible side effects.  Always read the label of the supplement you are considering.

Supplements at PharmaCare Compounding Pharmacy

Cal-Mag Citrate Complex

This supplement contains three forms of this mineral.  It contains citrate, hydroxyapatite and ascorbate.  In addition, this supplement also contains magnesium.  The benefits of this supplement are plenty.  First, the hydroxyapatite form is derived from veal bone (a New Zealand source) and studies indicate this form can help to rebuild bone mass.  Second, magnesium aids in calcium absorption.  In addition, magnesium may help relax the muscles.  Lastly, this supplement is highly absorbable.  Obviously, this supplement is best for people with broken bones, people with osteoporosis (by preserving bone mass), and for seniors because of its increased absorbability.

Reacted Calcium

This supplement is highly absorbable for a variety of protocols.  In addition, this supplement increases skeletal strength and promotes healthy bone density.  This mineral is required for strong bones, heart health, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling and hormonal secretion. It is less than 1% of total body calcium that supports these critical metabolic functions. The body uses bone tissue as a reservoir for this mineral, as well as a source of this mineral, to maintain constant concentrations of this mineral in blood, muscle and intercellular fluids. The remaining 99% of the this mineral’s supply in the body is stored in the bones and teeth, serving as a mineral reserve and structural support for the body.

Three Forms in One Supplement

Reacted Calcium provides three unique forms of highly-absorbed calcium to ensure maximum absorption of this important macromineral. While most supplements use only a single source of this mineral, which can easily overwhelm a single pathway of absorption and limit uptake, Reacted Calcium takes advantage of three unique pathways of absorption by providing this mineral in the hydroxyapatite, di-calcium malate, and glycinate forms. In addition, Reacted Calcium includes vitamin D and phosphorus, both critical nutrients for bone mineralization and remodeling.

Bioavailability- The Mineral Chelate Difference

The importance of bioavailability is obvious. If consuming a supplement has little effect on improving the body’s calcium balance, there is no reason to ingest it. Signs of inferior mineral supplements include the use of cheap, poorly absorbed, rock-salt minerals, like calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide. These mineral forms slow and limit absorption, relying on adequate stomach acid to release calcium ions which then enter the body via passive diffusion. And, because they tend to remain in the intestines longer, these forms of mineral supplements can cause intestinal distress such as constipation (calcium carbonate) or diarrhea (magnesium oxide).

Why use this supplement

Reacted Calcium provides the benefit of highly-absorbed, Albion® mineral chelates. Albion® is the world leader in manufacturing highly bioavailable mineral chelates, a specialized form of minerals bound to amino acids. This patented process creates organic mineral compounds which use active absorption mechanisms in the gastrointestinal tract to greatly enhance mineral absorption. Comparison studies have shown significantly superior absorption of mineral chelates compared to other mineral forms. In a clinical study comparing calcium absorption in humans, Albion®’s patented calcium chelate delivered the greatest absorption of all calcium sources tested.

Benefits of this supplement
  • Calcium carbonate is absorbed at very low levels (less than 10%).
  • In a human clinical study, Albion®’s patented chelate formulation averaged 44% absorption of the dose without the benefit of meal enhancement. No other form of this mineral has an equivalent or higher rate of absorption.

In addition, mineral chelates are gentle, gut “friendly” minerals that do not cause constipation that often accompanies calcium carbonate and other rock-salt forms. Albion®’s mineral chelates have extensive clinical research proving their superior bioavailability, biologic activity, stability and improved tolerance.

You can learn more about the supplements we carry here.

You can learn more about Ortho Molecular here.  We carry a variety of their supplements.

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