Frequently Asked Questions

AlgaeCal sells the world’s only calcium supplement that increases bone density.

AlgaeCal Plus

People over age 40 lose bone density every year until death. Women typically lose 1% per year and much more for the 5 years following menopause, so it is possible to lose fully half of their peak bone density. Taking traditional calcium supplements in various forms with added vitamin D only slows that annual bone loss a little. Don’t be confused by studies which compare calcium supplements with a placebo and show an “increase” in BMD. The increase is relative to the placebo which is losing bone. The real effect in all calcium supplements studies is to slow annual bone loss a small amount (typically ½% per year).4,5

AlgaeCal Plus, with or without Strontium Boost, increases bone mineral density outright in older adults.1-3 Human intervention studies show annual increases of 1% or more in 65 year olds.And they sustain these annual increases for up to 7 years in one study.

AlgaeCal Plus has been shown to be safe with no added cardiovascular risk in three human intervention studies where a panel of blood tests were measured.1-3 It is believed to be safer than traditional calcium supplements due to a lower amount of calcium (720 mg daily calcium from AlgaeCal versus 1200 mg typically). Also the vitamin K2-7 is believed to steer calcium deposition toward bone more than soft tissues such as arteries. Traditionally high calcium supplement intake may accelerate arterial calcification and raise the risk of cardiovascular events, with a much greater risk in patients with chronic kidney disease.4,5

Two capsules with breakfast and two with dinner to increase bone density (4 capsules daily).* Three capsules per day (1 capsule with each meal) to maintain current healthy bone density.

* NOTE: Labeling requirements for Canada may not allow for the recommended therapeutic dosage to be noted on product labels.

Yes. However, each study was independently conducted by a third-party research organization and published in an independent peer-reviewed publication. The journal’s reputation is on the line when they publish, so they are quite careful — especially when unusual results are reported as in our landmark studies. In fact, the level of evidence was considered so strong that our 7-Year study1 won the Charles A. Ragus Award for Best Original Research Paper of 2016 as presented by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN).

A randomized placebo controlled study is preferable, and we are targeting such a study in the future. At the same time, we feel the probability of five groups of older people in three studies all increasing bone density is very unlikely to be a placebo effect — and so did the study reviewers, as well as Health Canada.6

Yes, each lot of AlgaeCal is tested for heavy metal contamination, bacteria, molds and more. AlgaeCal Plus is made in an FDA inspected GMP-certified facility where the highest standards are maintained.

One of the naturally occurring AlgaeCal minerals is lead and there is 1.44 mcg of lead in 4 capsules (daily dose) of AlgaeCal Plus. This amount falls well within the safety standards of the US Pharmacopeia (USP) which allows for upper limits of 5 mcg per day and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) at 6 mcg per day. (Certificates of analyses available upon request.)

Yes. Although the raw algae are ground into a powder, the whole nutrient profile is still intact – the calcium in AlgaeCal is not extracted or isolated from the algae. In fact, on the permit Health Canada issued us, they classify AlgaeCal’s source material as “whole”. (Click here to see Health Canada Product Licence for NPN 80033484.)

Shipping

US orders ship from South Dakota, USA. Canadian and International orders ship from Vancouver, BC, Canada. International orders may be subject to customs charges depending on the destination, with the fee varying on order value and country limits.

Orders are shipped within 24 hours. If you have placed your order on the weekend or a public holiday, your shipment will be processed the next business day. US orders are delivered within 2-5 business days. Canadian orders are delivered within 2-8 business days. International orders are delivered within a few days to 3 business weeks depending on method. If you would like to expedite your package please contact us by phone at 1-844-618-1700. US orders are shipped with USPS or UPS Ground. Canadian orders are shipped with Canada Post and International orders are shipped with DHL or USPS.

You will not find a price on the packing slip as it only contains a list of goods contained in the package. Your invoice is delivered by e-mail and will show the order price and total.

AlgaeCal provides free shipping on orders destined for US and Canada, with no additional taxes or fees. International orders are subject to a flat fee of $165.00 (USD).

Contact and My Account

US orders ship from South Dakota, USA. Canadian and International orders ship from Vancouver, BC, Canada. International orders may be subject to customs charges depending on the destination, with the fee varying on order value and country limits.

You can email us at: [email protected] or call us USA and Canada toll free at: 1-844-618-1700

To manage and edit your credit card information, please contact us by email: [email protected] or call 1-844-618-1700 to speak to a Bone Health Consultant, who can update it for you.

To cancel or edit your order, please contact us by email: [email protected] or call 1-844-618-1700 to speak to a Bone Health Specialist, who can update it for you.

Currency, Payment and Purchasing

Your credit card payment may be declined for a number of common reasons. When purchases are submitted to your bank account, banks have automated systems in place to determine whether or not to accept the charge. Factors may include card information like expiration date, account balance, or spending habits (such as you rarely purchase online). Unfortunately, we don’t receive information as to why your card may have been declined. Regardless of the reason, we recommend calling your bank or credit card company to resolve this. Explain that you are making a purchase with AlgaeCal and then try to place your order again. If you follow these steps and your payment is still declined, we suggest you use a different credit card to place your order, or call our friendly customer care team USA and Canada toll free at: 1-844-618-1700.

We accept the following methods of payment: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit Visa, Debit Mastercard, money orders, checks, and Paypal. If you are interested in paying with Paypal, money orders or by check please call our Toll Free 1-844-618-1700.

Returns and Refunds

AlgaeCal wants you to be completely satisfied with your experience so we have made returning or exchanging products, easy. Simply contact us to obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number, and return your unused bottles of AlgaeCal products for a 100% refund within 1 year from your purchase date. You can reach us by phone: 1-844-618-1700 or by email: [email protected].

We are so confident that your patients will increase bone mineral density that we have not placed any conditions under which your patients would not qualify for our guarantee. As long as they purchase the products AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost from you directly and use them per protocol (4 caps daily of AP and 2 caps daily SB)* – no matter what medical condition they are presenting – we still guarantee results and we’ll even refund your patient directly for the full price they paid you.

We want you to have confidence that you are doing right by your patients when you recommend our products.

Strontium Boost

We use strontium citrate, the naturally occurring form bound with citric acid used in Strontium Boost, as it has been shown to provide a greater and faster increase in bone mineral density, without side effects, by providing a positive effect on bone formation.1-3, 8 Strontium ranelate is the prescription drug often confused for naturally occurring strontium.

Three key features of strontium citrate, the form found in Strontium Boost, benefits bone health greatly by primarily depositing in the spongy part of newly forming bone,7 (trabecular bone); by improving the mineralization and formation of healthy bone crystals that are more stable and resistant to compression damage;8 and by increasing the number of bone-forming sites resulting in reduced fracture risk.9

AlgaeCal Basic

AlgaeCal Basic does not contain vitamin K2 and is suggested for adults taking the older class of anticoagulants who are unable to switch to newer types of blood thinners like XA inhibitors and direct thrombin inhibitors. Bone mineral density has been shown to actually increase in healthy women over-40, as opposed to merely slowing down bone loss, but the increase takes longer and is not as great as the flagship combination of AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost.2

Three capsules daily, one with each meal to optimize absorption, as clinical studies resulting in modest bone density increases were based on participants taking three capsules per day. Two capsules daily may be sufficient to maintain current healthy bone density.

Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil

One serving contains 750 mg of EPA and 450 mg of DHA for a total of 1,200 mg of pharmaceutical-grade EPA & DHA in triglyceride-form per tablespoon.

Inflammation has been shown to be a promoter of bone loss and omega-3’s alone do a great job in reducing the inflammatory cascade. However, by adding potent antioxidants such as curcumin and astaxanthin, we provide a powerful trifecta of anti-inflammatory support. Both of these additional ingredients also help to prevent oxidation of the fish oil.

Besides molecular distillation and addition of potent antioxidants curcumin and astaxanthin, each bottle of fish oil is nitrogen flushed to remove all oxygen. We also assess peroxide, TOTOX and anisidine values – a history of the oil and not just its current state – to ensure that the oil was never rancid.10

(Certificate of analysis available indicating peroxide, TOTOX, as well as anisidine available upon request.)

Note: Anisidine must be measured prior to flavoring as this process can mask rancidity.

We think so. Emulsified fish oil has shown enhanced absorption, greater bioavailability and significantly higher plasma concentrations of essential fatty acids – when compared to encapsulated or non-emulsified versions.11-14

Yes and yes. It is sustainably sourced from wild anchovies, sardines, and mackerel and created as a low water formula which does not allow microorganism growth while testing all batches for environmental toxins including heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs. In order to keep intact the delicate omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, the maximum temperature reached during processing is 85°F.

HCP Pricing vs Direct Online Pricing

There are a number of reasons why they are not likely to purchase products directly from our consumer website. Here are some of the following:

  1. Price. AlgaeCal products are only sold directly through internet sales to consumers, or via health care practitioners. Your wholesale pricing allows you to price below website prices and still make a full markup.

    The current HCP price structure allows for significant margins while matching web pricing, as follows:

    • AlgaeCal Plus* (AP) 50% – 65% [Mark-up of 100% – 180%]
    • Strontium Boost* (SB) 43% – 62% [Mark-up of 76% – 164%]
    • Triple Power Fish Oil* (TP) 43% – 60% [Markup of 76% – 148%]
    • AlgaeCal Basic* (AB) 50% – 65% [Markup of 100% – 190%]
    • AP & SB* (Bone Builder Pack) 42% – 55% [Markup of 73% – 122%]

    * Based on lowest available web price as a result of volume purchase.

    If you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at Clinical Support, toll free 1 (844) 618-1700, or via email [email protected].

  2. Trust. They trust you to make the best decision for their most treasured asset, their health. This goes beyond a sale since you are monitoring progress, adjusting their treatment plan, and providing the complete care they expect. You have their confidence and commitment because they recognize the value you bring.

  3. Money Back Guarantee. Even though we offer a similar money back guarantee to online consumers, there are conditions which could preclude their ability to qualify when they purchase from the website. These web conditions include use of a wide range of prescription drugs, including bone drugs that interfere with natural bone density increases, and those individuals experiencing early menopause. Whereas, the 7 Year Money Back Guarantee for HCP’s – which is only available when AlgaeCal products are purchased directly through you – applies to ALL of your patients, with no conditions or exceptions, and we refund the patient directly for the amount they paid you.

References

  1. J Am Coll Nutr. 2016. PMID: 26885697.
  2. Int J Med Sci. 2011. PMID: 21448303.
  3. Nutr J. 2011. PMID: 21492428.
  4. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016. PMID: 27729333.
  5. Nutrients. 2013. PMID: 24084054.
  6. Health Canada NPN 80033484.
  7. Bone. 2001. PMID: 11336927.
  8. Pharmacol Ther. 2012. PMID: 22820094.
  9. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2006. PMID: 16735841.
  10. J Oleo Sci. 2018. PMID: 29238025.
  11. Curr Med Res Opin. 2019. PMID: 30106311.
  12. Lipids. 2016. PMID: 26688435.
  13. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009. PMID: 19465191.
  14. Nutr J. 2007. PMID: 17254329.
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For Health Care Professionals

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 1-844-618-1700 – Toll Free

International: +1-510-584-3857

Fax: 1-855-211-7699

Mailing Address:

#200 – 1286 Homer Street

Vancouver, V6B 2Y5

Canada

Health Disclaimer
Legal and Privacy Policy

Shipping & Returns

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