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FAQ

  1. What is AdvaCAL?
  2. Who Should Take AdvaCAL?
  3. Can AdvaCAL help increase bone density?
  4. How is AdvaCAL unique?
  5. How does AdvaCAL work?
  6. Which AdvaCAL is right for me?
  7. Is AdvaCAL more effective with added magnesium?
  8. What are the directions for use?
  9. When could I see a change in bone density from taking AdvaCAL?
  10. What other lifestyle changes can I make to improve my bone health?
  11. Are AdvaCAL capsules large?
  12. Are there any side effects?
  13. Can I take AdvaCAL while using prescription Osteoprosis medicines?
  14. Can I take AdvaCAL if I am pregnant or nursing?
  15. Is AdvaCAL free of gluten or, dairy?
  16. Where can I purchase the various AdvaCAL products?
  17. Supplement Facts and Ingredients

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What is AdvaCAL?

AdvaCAL is the only line of calcium supplements with AAACa calcium, the #1 bone–building calcium.  AAACa, an ionic calcium, has shown statistically significant improvement in bone density in four different, published human studies.1-4   Participants in that research included women and men in their 60s and women in their 80s.   In those studies bone density improvement started as early as 4 months, up to 3 years.  AAACa calcium is available in AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 and AdvaCAL INTENSIVE. AdvaCAL is the natural, safe way to build bone density.* BACK TO TOP

Who should take AdvaCAL?

Women and men concerned about bone loss would benefit most from AdvaCAL. Bone loss begins typically around age 35 and accelerates dramatically in women at menopause. BACK TO TOP

Can AdvaCAL help increase bone density?

Yes. In one study, average bone density of postmenopausal women and men taking AdvaCAL increased 8% over those taking a placebo.* Your results may vary. BACK TO TOP

How is AdvaCAL unique?

AdvaCAL is the only line of calcium supplements with AAACa calcium, the #1 bone–building calcium. AAACa calcium (AdvaCAL) has shown statistically significant improvement in bone density in four different, published human studies.1-4   Participants in that research included women and men in their 60s and women in their 80s. In those studies,  bone density improvement started as early as 4 months, up to 3 years.* 

There are many different types of calcium. The calcium is identical in each case but the salt to which the calcium is attached varies. These different combinations can dramatically affect absorption of calcium. Calcium carbonate, which is used in many calcium supplements, is poorly absorbed under certain conditions and can create stomach gas. Hydroxyappatite (from calf bone) is even less soluble than calcium carbonate.5   Calcium citrate is bulky, resulting in a large pill size.  

AdvaCAL is highly soluble and does not produce stomach gas. The capsules are small and easy to swallow.  Most importantly, AdvaCAL has consistently and significantly increased average bone density in multiple human clinical studies.*
 

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How does AdvaCAL work?

AdvaCAL works at least two ways to build bone density. First, the AAACa calcium in AdvaCAL is highly absorbable. AAACa calcium is comprised of bioavailable calcium oxide and calcium hydroxide plus a seaweed amino extract called HAI. In scientific research HAI improved calcium absorption. Second, AAACa calcium helps modulate PTH hormone activity. PTH robs calcium from bone.* BACK TO TOP

Which AdvaCAL is right for me?

AdvaCAL is available as AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 and AdvaCAL INTENSIVE. AdvaCAL 1000 and AdvaCAL Ultra provide 1000 mg of AAACa elemental calcium and 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Either is appropriate for women under 50 and men of any age. AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 also contains seven bone nutrients, including magnesium, vitamins K2 and C, copper, zinc, boron and manganese. AdvaCAL INTENSIVE is designed especially for women 50+, as bone loss accelerates at menopause and beyond. AdvaCAL INTENSIVE contains more AAACa calcium, more vitamin D3 plus clinically proven bone builders— a specific blend of copper, zinc and manganese.* BACK TO TOP

Is AdvaCAL more effective with added magnesium?

Not necessarily. A study published in the 1999 American Journal of Nutrition suggests that the bone benefit of magnesium results from its alkalinity (i.e. high pH). Because the AAACa calcium in AdvaCAL is already highly alkaline, it likely offers the same alkalinity bone benefit as magnesium.* Those who desire to take magnesium with their AdvaCAL should use AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 which contains 600 mg of magnesium per daily serving. BACK TO TOP

What are the directions for use?

Take 3 capsules in the morning and 3 capsules at bedtime, preferably with food. PTH activity, which robs calcium from bone, is believed to be most active during sleep, so taking AdvaCAL before bed can be especially beneficial. Some research also suggests that calcium may enhance sleep.*  BACK TO TOP

When could I see a change in bone density from taking AdvaCAL?

In clinical research  AAACa calcium ( AdvaCAL) showed an increase in trabecular bone density in as little as four months.1   Studies with AdvaCAL on spinal or radial bone density showed significant improvement at 6, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months.2-4   The addition of vitamin D3, plus bone nutrients or builders in AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL ULTRA or AdvaCAL INTENSIVE may help improve your overall bone density.* The best way to monitor improvement is through bone density tests as recommended by your doctor. BACK TO TOP

What other lifestyle changes can I make to improve my bone health?

Most experts recommend that you: 1) Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise (three or more times weekly) 2) Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol 3) Talk to your health care provider about bone health 4) Have a bone density test done regularly BACK TO TOP

Are AdvaCAL capsules large?

No. Some calcium supplements are available as large horse pills. Other calcium chewables are chalky tasting. AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 and AdvaCAL INTENSIVE capsules are all small and easy to swallow. The smallest is the AdvaCAL 1000 capsule. BACK TO TOP

Are there any side effects?

AdvaCAL calcium is safe and well tolerated by most people. People with chronic granulomatous disorders may wish to consult with a physician first if concerned about the vitamin D in AdvaCAL. There also are many side benefits to taking AdvaCAL. Published studies suggest that calcium intake may support sleep, balance, weight management, more secure teeth and PMS symptoms.* BACK TO TOP

Can I take AdvaCAL with prescription Osteoporosis medications?

Generally yes, as commonly prescribed Osteoporosis drugs do not supply necessary calcium to the body.  BACK TO TOP

Can I take AdvaCAL if I am pregnant or nursing?

Generally yes, but we recommend consulting with your doctor first. BACK TO TOP

Is AdvaCAL free of gluten and dairy?

Yes. Click here for Supplement Facts and Ingredients BACK TO TOP

Where can I purchase the various AdvaCAL products?

AdvaCAL 1000 and AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 are available in finer health food stores nationwide. AdvaCAL INTENSIVE is only available from CompassioNet. Click here for CompassioNet.com BACK TO TOP

Supplement Facts and Ingredients

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References:
1 Fujita T, Fujii Y, Goto B, Miyauchi A, Takagi Y. Peripheral computed tomography (pQCT) detected short-term effect of AAACa (heated oyster shell with heated algal ingredient HAI). A double blind comparison with CaCO3 and placebo. J.Bone Miner Metab 2000;18:212-15.
2 Fujita t, Fujii Y,Goto B, Miyauchi A, Takagi, T . A three-year comparative trial: Effect of combined alfacalcidol and elcatonin. J. Bone Miner Metab (1997) 15:223-226
3 Fujita T, Ohue T, Fujii Y, Miyauchi A, Takagi Y. Heated oyster shell-seaweed calcium (AAACa) on [bone loss]. Calic Tissue Int 1996;58:226-30.
4 Fujita T, Fukase M, Miyamoto H, Matsumoto T, Ohue T. Increase of bone mineral density by calcium supplement with oyster shell electrolysate. Bone Miner 1990;11:85-90
5. Heaney, R Calcif  Tissue Int (1990) 46:300-304.

 

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