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Get your Calcium and Minerals from the Sea
One of the most abundant minerals in the body, calcium is essential to maintaining optimal health. With a high bioavailability and natural alkalizing properties, Nature’s Sea Calcium supports bone health and may help maintain normal pH levels.
Nature’s Sea Calcium comes from Litbothamnium, a hard, brittle species of algae found in the pure, mineral-rich waters off the southwestern coast of Ireland. This plant source calcium contains naturally occurring trace minerals (up to 70) as well as magnesium in the ideal 2:1 ration of calcium to magnesium.
HOW IT WORKS:
Used by the body in a myriad of processes, calcium is most noted for its integral role in promoting bone density and health. Nature’s Sea Calcium offers buffering capacity and may help in maintaining normal pH levels. Magnesium aids in the absorption and utilization of calcium in the body.
Sea Calcium has a large surface area because of a very porous structure and this may contribute to an increased bioavailability. A non-animal product, it is a fantastic option of vegetarians and vegans. As the algae is left undisturbed, these plant-derived "marine minerals" are wholly renewable. We have added short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS) to the formula. ScFOS serves as a food source for beneficial microorganisms in the intestines and has been shown to increase absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
According to the Surgeon General’s office, national surveys suggest that the average intake of calcium is far below levels recommended for optimum bone health. When body processes require more calcium than is available, the body can borrow it from your bones. Maintaining normal-range pH in tissues may help preserve bone minerals. Proper calcium levels have been associated with colon and cardiovascular health.
Each capsule provides 100 mg calcium and 50 mg magnesium. Nature’s Sea Calcium powder supplies 325 mg calcium along with 163 mg magnesium per serving. Both capsules and powder include a proprietary blend featuring Sea Calcium, short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides and provide up to 70 naturally occurring trace minerals.
Capsules: Take 3-4 capsules daily with 3 meals.
Skeletal Strength, Calcium Plus Vitamin D, Calcium & Magnesium-SynerPro, Herbal CA
Vitamin D is indeed very important for calcium absorption. However, Vitamin D does not need to be present in the calcium supplement; it just needs to be present in the body. Most people taking Nature’s Sea Calcium will be taking another calcium supplement that includes vitamin D or will be taking a multiple vitamin that contains vitamin D. People who spend plenty of time in the sunlight and eat certain foods get adequate vitamin D without supplementation. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is not needed by the body in very large amounts. Nature’s Sea Calcium is an excellent source of calcium for the body. It is used primarily for pH-balancing, which does not require vitamin D. NSP chose not to add vitamin D to this formulation because it is readily available in supplements that people will typically be taking and because of the focus on pH-balancing.
Nature’s Sea Calcium actually provides a comparable percentage of calcium to other supplements. One capsule is approximately 500 mg. Of this, 100 mg is elemental calcium provided from 340 mg of sea calcium. So, about 1/5 of the capsule is calcium. For comparison, a Calcium Plus Vitamin D tablet weighs 1385 mg. One tablet provides 250 mg of elemental calcium. So, a little less than 1/5 of the tablet is calcium. One capsule of Nature’s Sea Calcium is smaller than a typical tablet. This is why it provides less net calcium, not because the percentage of calcium is lower.
---Health Sciences & Educational Services Department - Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc.
Nature's Sea Calcium (120 capsules)