The type of calcium in AlgaeCal products is sourced from a sea algae plant called “Lithothamnion Superpositum (or Algas Calcareas as the local South Americans call it). It is a raw and organic whole food that contains over 70 different naturally occurring trace elements and minerals. This small algae attaches to pieces of seaweed that are found on the sandy ocean bottom. The algae typically grows to the size of a human fist before it is washed up on the beach.
It is then harvested by hand from the shores of remote locations in South America by a team of trained locals. It must be harvested within 48 of low tide to ensure that it is fresh and the nutrient and mineral content is high, then it is dried in the sun and ground into a very fine powder.
The algae harvesting is rotated between different beaches so as not to interfere with the natural cycle of marine algae. When it is harvested there is no chemical treatment and no additives or extractions within the process that might cause impurities. AlgaeCal has been certified organic by the USDA, which attests to the purity and the sustainability of this Algae product. It is the only USDA certified organic calcium supplement in the world.
Lithothamnion Superpositum was originally discovered by Dr. Marcos Norman, who was looking for something that could reduce fusion temperatures in steel manufacturing. When he started to study this mineral source he became fascinated with the properties and he left his job at the American firm Morris Kwugsem International to begin a study of this algae that has lasted for 29 years.
Since 1977, this type of Algae has been used as a calcium supplement. It has a wide range of health benefits, including pain reduction, joint health, bone health, circulatory system benefits and increased energy. AlgaeCal Plus is sun dried algae that contains many more trace minerals than just calcium. It also contains high levels of natural magnesium, more than 70 trace minerals, and phytonutrients. It’s important to get all of these minerals, as they work together synergistically.
This means that you will get a full spectrum of minerals and plant nutrients when you take this supplement, rather than just one element. These elements form a very important part of your bones and they are leaving your bones each year.
Why Is Plant Based Calcium Better Than Calcium Made From Limestone?
The raw plant sourced calcium in AlgaeCal is better than rock-based calcium supplements from marble and limestone for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is that it is more bio-available – which means that it is more easily absorbed into the human body.
This algae superfood pre-digests the minerals and calcium in the seawater and converts them into a form that is more readily absorbed. Essentially, the plants have already done the hard part of breaking down the essential minerals. Also, the nutrients come from a whole food source which is more absorbable than mineral based forms.
Also, rock based calcium supplements can cause negative side effects such as bloating, nausea, gas, and constipation. This is because they essentially consist of finely ground rocks, which is difficult for the body to absorb. When used over a long period of time they can actually have a negative effect on the digestive system.
The plant-based calcium in AlgaeCal is so friendly to the body that 97% of the calcium in AlgaeCal will go into solution within 30 minutes, as was shown in USP standard tests that simulate stomach conditions. This proves that it is very bio-accessible and will be readily absorbed into your body, unlike traditional rock-based supplements.