8 Foods To Avoid For Osteoporosis

Updated: June 30, 2023

Osteoporosis is one of those tricky conditions that sneak up on you slowly, but once it’s in full swing, grabs all of your attention quickly. Globally, it’s estimated that around one in three women and one in five men will experience at least one osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime – not an insignificant stat [1]. 

If you want to get ahead of osteoporosis and start rebuilding your bones, the first call to action is to look at your diet. Of course, you already know the basics of healthy eating, but there are specific nutrients that directly impact your bones that you may be overlooking.

For instance, did you know that some legumes may be dangerous for bone health? Yep. We’ll get into all of this and more, but first, let’s take a brief look at how this condition develops in the first place.

Pathophysiology of Osteoporosis

In healthy bones, your cells carry out a delicate dance of breakdown and rebuilding. This is happening all of the time, even at this very moment. In osteoporosis, the cells responsible for rebuilding bones (called osteoblasts) cannot keep up with the destructive cells (called osteoclasts). The result? Your bones become weak and fragile. 

As a note: you need a healthy balance of both builder and destroyer cells for optimal bone function. So let’s not get down on osteoclasts here; they’re just doing their job.

Exactly why your osteoblasts fall short may be the result of several factors, including [2][3]:

  • Low vitamin D
  • Estrogen deficiency 
  • Low calcium
  • Hyperthyroidism 
  • Issues with your gut microbiome 

Age, sex, and ethnicity all play a role as well, but, physiologically, you can thank the above factors if you’re experiencing bone loss. 

Now let’s come back to your diet because regardless of why your bones are losing density, the best way to turn the ship around is to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need while avoiding bone-stealing foods.

8 Foods to Avoid for Osteoporosis

1. Cola-Type Sodas

It should come as no surprise that soda would find its way onto this list — but you might be surprised as to why. Yes, sugar isn’t the best (and we’ll cover that shortly), but the problem with soda is actually the mineral phosphorus. 

But wait, doesn’t phosphorus help to build bones? It sure does. 

However, if you’re consuming too much phosphorus (like when you drink soda beverages), it can impact bone density by disrupting the hormonal regulation of calcium and vitamin D [4][5]. 

To put things into perspective, the 2006 Framingham Osteoporosis study found that people who regularly drank cola-based sodas (three or more per day) had as much as 4% lower bone mineral density. 
And for the diet cola drinkers out there — the same amount of phosphorus levels are present in the sugar-free varieties, so, unfortunately, there’s really no escaping this one [6].

2. Refined Sugar and Carbohydrates

Oh sugar, so sweet… yet so bitter. 

There are endless reasons to list for cutting back on sugar (heart disease, diabetes, obesity), but we’re here to talk about bones — so let’s dig into how sugar seemed to mess this one up too. 

Research shows that excess sugar consumption may increase the risk for osteoporosis through several different mechanisms [7]:

  1. Too much sugar can increase the urinary excretion of both calcium and magnesium (both essential minerals for bone health).
  2. Excess sugar can impact your vitamin D levels, which consequently reduces intestinal absorption of calcium. 
  3. Sugar can impact those bone cells we talked about by reducing the activity of osteoblasts (builder cells) and increasing the activation of osteoclasts (the destructive cells).

In other words, sugar and osteoporosis are a recipe for disaster. 

So, what can you do about that sweet tooth? There are several options out there for sugar replacements, including stevia, monk fruit, and xylitol. You can also enjoy honey and maple syrup in moderation. 

Of course, on special occasions, don’t deny yourself a sweet treat; just be mindful of your consumption. 

3. Charred and Burnt Foods

Why is it that everything on the grill just tastes better? Cook it in the oven, “that’s pretty good,” cook it on the grill, “delicious!”

Part of the reason is the flavoring that you get when you put a piece of meat or a stack of veggies on a hot grill. Along with whatever seasoning you add, those deep lines of smoky char are filled with flavor and add a unique texture to your meal. 

Unfortunately, those deep char marks are also filled with something else: AGES (Advanced Glycation End Products).

AGES form in a reaction when sugars combine with proteins or fat (more scientifically speaking, between the aldehyde groups of sugars and the amino acids of proteins, or fatty acids). This reaction causes the browning on your meat and veggies when you grill or use any other high-heat cooking [8]. 

The problem with these delicious AGES is that when they’re consumed in excess, they can instigate inflammation and oxidative stress in your body, including in your bone cells. 
Furthermore, research shows that AGES may contaminate the cross-linking in your bone matrix. Your bone matrix is vital for bone strength and endurance, and when it’s compromised, you become more susceptible to bone fractures [9].

4. Salt

Research on salt and osteoporosis shows that for each 100 mmol (2,300 mg) increase in salt in your diet, calcium is expelled by 1.4 mmol (32.2 mg) [10]. 

This means that every time you consume salt, your body is giving away a little bit of calcium in return. And with over 99% of your body’s calcium stores located in your bones, where do you think salt is pulling its calcium debt from [11]? 

If the loss comes from bone, it could equate to an additional 1% bone loss each year – not good.

Salt can be tricky because it’s added to most foods we consume today. If it’s packaged, you can almost be certain that there is some salt in there. But the big ones to watch out for include:

  • Processed foods
  • Cured meats
  • Sauces
  • Salad dressings
  • Instant soups
  • Frozen meals

Keep in mind that less than 5g (just under a teaspoon) fulfills your recommended daily salt intake [12]. 

5. Pro-Inflammatory Fats

Fat’s getting a really nice glow-up on its reputation these days. While back in the 90s fat was dubbed public enemy number one, today people are talking about how important fat is for every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. 

With all of this fanfare around fat, there is one important fact to keep in mind — not all fats are created equal. When we cut it down to size, the difference in “types” of fat comes down to their chemical structure. Some fats are just more “beautiful” for our cells than others.

While omega 3 and monounsaturated fats come packed with health benefits, research shows that omega-6 fats (found in most vegetable oils) produce inflammation in your body [13]. 

Inflammation on its own can produce a host of issues, but it appears that omega-6 fats (particularly arachidonic acid or AA) target your bones. In fact, research shows that AA inhibits the synthesis of osteoblasts (builder cells) while favoring osteoclast (bone destruction cells) activity [14]. 

Other research suggests that a higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratio can impact bone mineral density in both men and women [15].

Now, this is definitely a “don’t-throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater” situation because getting enough fat in your diet is vital for the health of your bones. Instead of cutting back on your fat intake, switch out your sources. 

Fat sources to cut down on include: vegetable oils like canola oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, and corn oil.

Fats sources to focus on include: avocados, olive oil, fish, dairy, almonds, and flax.

6. Legumes

You might be a bit surprised to see legumes on this list — but there’s more to the story here. 

Legumes are naturally high in a compound called phytic acid. In your body, phytic acid binds to minerals and inhibits their absorption. And yes, one of their favorite minerals is calcium [16]. 

As you can imagine, this becomes a problem for the vegetarians and vegans out there who are relying on beans for protein. But even for meat-eaters, if you consume legumes on a regular basis, you may be inhibiting your body’s ability to absorb calcium. 

Luckily, there is a way around the problem. Soak your beans. Cover them by about two inches with cold water for four to 12 hours. 

Soaking your legumes with some type of acid (lemon juice or vinegar) helps to break down the phytic acid. And if you don’t have time for that, you can buy sprouted beans, which will already have a reduced phytic acid content.

7. Excess Alcohol

This might be a tough one to swallow, but your nightcap could be promoting some of your bone loss. 

Research shows that excess alcohol interferes with the calcium balance in your body and also interferes with the production of vitamin D [17]. 

Excessive alcohol consumption can even mess with your hormones in more severe cases. For men, this could mean lower testosterone levels, and for women, it could lead to lower levels of estrogen. Both of these hormones play a crucial role in osteoblast activity [18]. 

Interestingly, one study showed that there might be a sweet spot for alcohol consumption and bone mineral density (BMD). While drinking four times a week or more was associated with reduced BMD, lighter drinkers (one to three times per week) had higher BMD than those who didn’t drink at all [19].

The takeaway? Don’t throw away that bottle of wine just yet, but just try not to go overboard.

8. Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Yes, organic food is more expensive, but if you want to avoid heavy metals, it’s the only way to go. 

Pesticides, which are sprayed on almost all conventional produce, are loaded with toxic compounds, including the aforementioned heavy metals [20]. 

These chemicals can cause myriad issues in your body, and your bones happen to be one of their favorite places to call home. When you consume heavy metals, they have a natural affinity for your bones, and you can bet they aren’t doing anything to promote bone health [21].

In fact, research shows that heavy metal exposure is associated with lower bone mineral density [22]. 

Buying 100% organic all of the time can be tough on the wallet, but there are a handful of fruits and vegetables called “the dirty dozen” that are known to contain the highest amount of pesticides. At the very least, try to avoid conventional forms of these 12 produce items [23]: 

  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Kale, collard, and mustard greens
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes

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Key Takeaways

Eating to promote bone health is one of the most powerful things you can do as you get older. As you’ve probably surmised, many of these suggestions will extend to an overall well-balanced diet that can promote many areas of health (metabolic, heart, an cognitive health), so getting your diet in line always pays dividends when it comes to feeling your best. 
In addition to food, however, if you want to optimize bone-building, it’s vital to incorporate other habits as well. These include exercise, restful sleep, and taking supplements like the AlgaeCal Bone Builder Pack (which is guaranteed to increase bone mineral density in just six months!).


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  1. Shirley

    December 26, 2015 , 6:45 am

    Hello, Do you serve your supplement from brown algae, I believe you do from what I have read. The ingredient hiliki with in the brown algae could have amounts of arsenic can you say is certified organic and and has no arsenic? Shirley

  2. Monica

    December 28, 2015 , 9:26 am

    Hi Shirley,

    AlgaeCal comes from a rare marine algae called algas calcareas and is a macro red algae, not brown algae. It the only USDA certified organic calcium on the planet, which means the harvest area and surrounds are inspected regularly for possible pollutants. Also, each lot of AlgaeCal is tested for heavy metal contamination, bacterial infection, and more. AlgaeCal Plus is made in an FDA inspected GMP plant where very high standards are maintained.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  3. Sylvia LeDoux

    December 29, 2015 , 8:07 am

    My only problem with AlgaeCal is I have trouble swallowing pills and they are so large and you have to take so many.

  4. Monica

    December 29, 2015 , 9:36 am

    Hi Sylvia,

    If you have trouble swallowing the pills, you can actually pull them apart and sprinkle them into your juice, smoothies or food if you like. We just don’t recommend water because of the naturally occurring minerals or any hot liquids.

    That might be a better option!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  5. Maryellen Grace

    January 14, 2023 , 7:22 am

    I take my Algae Cal plus with applesauce , works great


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  7. Brianne AlgaeCal

    June 6, 2023 , 12:40 pm

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    I hope this helps to answer your question – please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) for more information!

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  8. Nuzhat

    June 28, 2023 , 8:18 pm

    Vitamin K in large doses can thin blood. Is it safe to take 4 tablets with vitamin K?

  9. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    June 29, 2023 , 11:14 am

    Great question, Nuzhat! Actually, vitamin K aids the body’s blood clotting process and also helps with bone metabolism! AlgaeCal Plus, our complete bone-building formulation, contains 100 mcg of vitamin K2 in the MK-7 form. Rest assured, the safety of AlgaeCal is confirmed in all three of our human clinical studies.

    That said, if you are taking an older blood thinning medication, AlgaeCal Plus may not be the best fit for you due to its vitamin K content. There are also other types of blood thinning medications that do not interact with vitamin K, so you may find it helpful to discuss those options with your doctor. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or concerns!

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  10. Norma Statham

    April 28, 2023 , 12:40 pm

    how much does this AlgaeCal coast

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  12. Diana

    April 13, 2023 , 7:38 am

    When taking pills don’t put your head back, tip your head down, chin to chest and a lot easier to take larger pills. This really works. Please don’t email me as I get too many solicitation

  13. Monica

    December 29, 2015 , 9:42 am

    Hi Jeanine,

    No problem. I will go ahead and send you a PDF of this article without the photos to your email. Be in touch shortly.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  14. Karen Zei

    January 2, 2016 , 7:01 pm

    What about coconut sugar and coconut nectar?

  15. Monica

    January 4, 2016 , 8:31 am

    Hi Karen,

    Coconut sugar comes in at a Glycemic Index (GI) of 35 compared to table sugar at 60. This means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels as much as table sugar does. (The lower the score the better). It also contain some nutrients like iron, zinc and calcium, while regular table sugar does not.

    While coconut sugar is a great option for an added sugar – added sugars in excess of any kind is not recommended. It is definitely healthier than refined sugar, but still worse than no sugar at all.

    Hope that helps, Karen.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  16. Karen Zei

    January 2, 2016 , 7:08 pm

    Will you please send me a PDF file of this article that I can print? Thank you,

  17. Monica

    January 4, 2016 , 8:24 am

    Sent 🙂

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  18. Stacie Martin

    September 25, 2020 , 6:09 am

    Can you please send me a copy of the pdf, as well?
    Thank you!

  19. Megan AlgaeCal

    September 25, 2020 , 10:58 am

    Hi Stacie!

    You can find the PDF version of this article here.

    It’s also located at the bottom of the post if you need to re-download in the future.:)

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  20. Mrs. Jannes Seunarine

    October 1, 2022 , 2:08 am

    Where can I get this product, AlgaeCal to purchase? I will like to try it.

  21. Brianne Bovenizer

    October 2, 2022 , 7:38 am

    Hello Mrs. Seunarine,

    Thank you so much for reaching out! AlgaeCal is available to purchase on our products page HERE. You can also call us at 1-800-820-0184 and any one of our Bone Health Consultants would be happy to help! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  22. Elizabeth R. Bishop

    December 10, 2022 , 6:24 pm

    I take the AlgaeCal supplements also, and would appreciate a copy of this pdf, please. Thank you!

  23. Brianne AlgaeCal

    December 13, 2022 , 10:26 am

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Thanks so much for commenting! I have sent you a PDF of this article to your email! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  24. Annalise Esbach

    January 10, 2023 , 9:27 am

    Please will you send me the article as well!? Thank you!!

  25. Brianne AlgaeCal

    January 10, 2023 , 2:45 pm

    Hi Annalise,

    Thanks for commenting! I’ve sent you a PDF of this article to your email! 🙂

    – Brianne @ AlgaeCal

  26. Colette

    February 9, 2016 , 5:31 am

    I am so glad I came across this discussion because I, like Sylvia, cannot swallow pills and took it upon myself to open them and mix in my favorite sheep yogurt, it’s great, there is no nasty taste to them …

    Thank you, I was having some doubts..

  27. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:33 am

    Glad you came across this discussion, too. 🙂

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal


    February 9, 2016 , 5:33 am

    How much does coffee play a part in osteoporosis? My husband has been taking the algaecal plus along with the strontium and he seems to be getting worse. However, he drinks 8-10 cups of coffee a day. I have told him that the acid in coffee is probably counteracting the calcium he has been taking. Comments?

  29. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 8:28 am

    Great question Jeanine,

    Here is a video that Lara recorded on the exact question, “Is coffee safe for bones”. You can watch here: https://blog.algaecal.com/video-lara-pizzorno-coffee-safe-bones/

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  30. Judy Burns

    February 9, 2016 , 5:40 am

    What about Himalayan salt? It isn’t supposed to raise blood pressure and is loaded with minerals. It’s all we use.

  31. Judy Burns

    February 9, 2016 , 5:42 am

    What about Himalayan salt (the pink one)? The right brand is not supposed to raise blood pressure and is loaded with minerals.

  32. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:26 am

    Hi Judy,

    Great question. I use Pink Himalayan Salt myself – it is loaded with minerals and is a great alternative to regular, refined table salt.

    Mostly, we want people to try and cut back on their salt intake when it comes to foods they don’t realize might have a lot. Such as dressings (this is surprising!) and sauces, cured meats etc. Having this knowledge and awareness will hopefully help!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  33. Margaret

    February 9, 2016 , 6:16 am

    You guys are fantastic!

  34. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:23 am

    Thanks Margaret!

    We think you are too 🙂

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  35. Carrie

    February 9, 2016 , 6:59 am

    Good to know about the salt/bone density connection! I have been taking AlgaeCal for the past year, and now also your fish oil. Along with my healthy bone-friendly diet, I have just started to reduce sodium as much as possible – this because my blood pressure has crept up. It’s nice to know that reducing sodium will be good for both my blood pressure and bone density issues. Extra motivation!

  36. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:23 am

    Thanks for sharing what you’re doing Carrie – isn’t the fish oil tasty :).

    You’re right, extra motivation is always a good thing!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  37. Lezley

    February 9, 2016 , 8:37 am

    I have been taking your calcium product for at least 5 years now and have developed an allergy to iodine, causing blisters on my head. My medical professionals suggest the algae cal comes from the ocean and would naturally contain it (iodine). Algae cal has really helped me and taken my t scores up and I want to continue but every time I stop the product the blisters and itching go away. Can you tell me if it is the strontium or algal cal or both that have the iodine naturally in them? And any suggestions for this problem.

  38. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:22 am

    Hi Lezley,

    Great question. Actually this is a common misconception – that AlgaeCal has a significant amount of iodine because it comes from the ocean. Our most recent lot of AlgaeCal contained 7.33 parts per million of iodine, which translates to a total of 17.5 micrograms in the recommended daily dose of 4 capsules ( 4.4 micrograms per capsule).
    For comparison sake, AlgaeCal has only slightly more iodine than in dairy products. Eggs, meat, vegetables and most seafood have significantly more iodine. Perhaps there is another food source in your diet that is triggering this reaction that you are not aware?

    Also, Strontium does not have any iodine – it is strontium citrate only (plus the vegetable cellulose capsule).

    If you would like to try and stop taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost for two weeks and then reintroduce it back into your routine, you can do this. If there is still a reaction, please call in and we can try and get to the bottom of it!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  39. Joan Lewis

    February 9, 2016 , 8:46 am

    Thanks for interesting piece on foods to avoid. I’m a bit confused after reading your ‘foods to avoid’ section that told me to avoid wheat, barley, spelt etc. Then later you say that we should concentrate on fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. What exactly do you mean by ‘whole grains’ if we’re meant to be avoiding them? Are quinoa and couscous ok as substitutes? Thanks.

  40. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:09 am

    Hi Joan,

    Hopefully this can clarify: When we discussed wheat, barley, spelt etc. we were focusing on food sensitivities. If you are sensitive to wheat, dairy…or any type of food it should be avoided. Sensitivities can trigger inflammation in the body and weaken the immune system. If you are not sensitive to whole grains, definitely eat them!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  41. Elizabeth

    February 9, 2016 , 9:23 am

    Would you please also send me a PDF file of this article that I can print? Thank you,

  42. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:04 am
  43. Terri Lee

    February 9, 2016 , 6:35 pm

    So…are you saying that AlgaeCal plus is made in an FDA inspected GMP plant, but not regular AlgaeCal?

  44. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:32 am

    Hi Terri,

    AlgaeCal Plus and AlgaeCal are both inspected at an FDA inspected GMP Plant :).

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  45. Elliot

    February 9, 2016 , 8:31 pm

    Curious, do my own juicing. Lot of what I use has sugar. Mango, apple, berries, lemon, kale, collards, parsley, etal. How much is too much, sugar?

  46. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:31 am

    Hi Elliot,

    Great question. When it comes to juicing, personally I try and make sure that there are more veggies than fruit in my blend. For instance, I’ll add a knob of turmeric, kale, parsley, beets and then an apple for sweetness. This ensures I’m not getting too much sugar in my juice.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  47. Goretti Ferreira

    February 9, 2016 , 11:41 pm

    what should I eat daily , to meet the recommendation calcium intake? very hard to think

  48. Lisa

    February 10, 2016 , 4:55 am

    I saw in a previous comment, when brakeing up the pill to drink; water or hot liquid is not recommended?
    So myself, I can swallow the pills but take with water, in the morning, and have a couple cups of coffee. Is this not right?

  49. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 8:59 am

    Hi Lisa,

    Yes, if you have difficulty swallowing capsules or simply want to sprinkle the AlgaeCal powder in food or drink you can do this. We do not recommend water by itself because AlgaeCal has many naturally occurring minerals and hot liquid because it can destroy the minerals.

    We recommend taking AlgaeCal Plus with a meal for optimal absorption. Coffee alone is not usually preferred.

    Let me know if you have further questions, Lisa!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  50. Teresa

    February 10, 2016 , 7:51 am

    Is Celtic Sea Salt and Makai Deep Sea Salt as bad for pulling calcium out of bones as regular table salt? Is that an ok option?

  51. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 8:56 am

    Hi Teresa,

    It is necessary for the body to still get salt – we just don’t want too much. A lot of people don’t realize that canned pasta sauces, for instance, are high in salt and sugar. That’s what we’re trying to get at in this article. And yes – those are great options instead of regular refined table salt. Himalayan salt, as others have commented, is also great because it has additional minerals as well 🙂

    Hope this helps,

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  52. Carolyn

    February 10, 2016 , 5:42 pm

    Hello, I just started taking Algea Cal products. So happy to see the articles on healthy eating and the reciipes. Thanks so much for the help.

  53. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 8:53 am

    Wonderful to hear you are enjoying the articles, Carolyn!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  54. Sharon Hatfield

    February 14, 2016 , 4:43 am

    I am 54 have just been diagnosed with low bone density I have been on thyroid medication since 2007 and I am three years into menopause. I just stumbled upon this website doing research. This all seems pretty convincing that it is worth giving AlgaeCal a try! I also have trouble swallowing pills so it is okay to open the pills and sprinkle on food or in Juice? I would also like this to print this out as well! Does no salt mean added table salt or stay away from all foods with high salt content? Thanks for posting comments and answers this has been very helpful in my search!

  55. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 8:52 am

    Hi Sharon,

    Yes, you CAN open AlgaeCal capsules and sprinkle the contents in juice or foods (we just don’t recommend water or hot liquids because of the naturally occurring minerals). Here is the link to the printable version: https://blog.algaecal.com/wp-content/uploads/6-Foods-to-Avoid-PDF.pdf

    When it comes to salt, we are not saying no salt at all, but a diet that is low in salt. We often don’t realize that certain foods, especially cured meats, salad dressings etc. have a significant amount of salt. Being aware of this should help reduce the amount of salt you eat on a daily basis. It’s all about moderation.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  56. Afroz Hadiyawala

    February 15, 2016 , 3:59 am

    Would like to learn what will be ideal requirement of Vit-D on daily basis
    As every article is different in terms RDA of Vit-D

  57. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:41 am

    Hi Afroz,

    You are right – every article has different RDA of vitamin D. Why? Because everyone is different and you need to get tested to find out what enough is for you. Ask your health specialist for a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test, which is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body.

    Here are a couple of articles discussing vitamin D:

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  58. Barbara

    February 15, 2016 , 8:31 am

    After undergoing radiation for a tumor that is now gone, praise God, I was told that my bones could break so I sent for your AlgaeCal and I can now walk and feel back to normal. Will be getting a dexa scan soon to check on my bones and will report back toyou thefindings.

  59. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:43 am

    Wonderful to hear, Barbara.

    Yes, please keep us updated!!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  60. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:00 am
  61. Monica

    February 15, 2016 , 9:11 am
  62. Deborah

    March 13, 2016 , 12:05 pm

    Thank you for your articles they are always very helpful for people with Osteoporosis. I also think Silicon Dioxide should be
    avoided and for this reason my digestive tract is unable to tolerate AlgaeCal. I would like to know why you have this in your product.
    Thank you

  63. Monica

    March 14, 2016 , 9:11 am

    Hi Deborah,

    You’re welcome – glad you are finding them helpful!

    AlgaeCal Plus contains silicon dioxide (also known as silica) to help with the encapsulation process. Our capsules would sometimes open up and so this prevents breakage. According to the FDA, Silicon dioxide has been declared GRAS (generally recognized as safe).

    If you would prefer a product without it, AlgaeCal Basic does not contain it.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  64. Shirley

    April 26, 2016 , 6:18 pm

    I am on blood thinner! Do I need to be careful of these products?

  65. Monica

    April 27, 2016 , 1:25 am

    Hi Shirley,

    If you are on a blood thinner, AlgaeCal Plus may not be for you as it contains vitamin K2. You can still take the remainder of AlgaeCal products and in fact, we have AlgaeCal Basic, which you can take instead of AlgaeCal Plus as it does not contain K2.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  66. lina

    June 4, 2016 , 3:36 pm

    I just started taking AlgaeCal Plus about 2 weeks ago.So far it is not causing any abdominal discomfort like other calcium preparations .I have a question drug interactions.Is it okay to take Nattokinase with it!

  67. Monica

    June 6, 2016 , 1:31 am

    Hi Lina,

    Great to hear you are experiencing no side effects, unlike other calcium supplements. As for nattokinase – that’s a question for your doctor. AlgaeCal Plus has vitamin K2 which can be a mild blood thinner and from the looks of it, nattokinase is also a mild blood thinner. Taking both may not be recommended, but again, please consult with your doctor.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  68. Jo Nell Malloy

    June 8, 2016 , 9:00 am

    I just ordered Algaecal plus. Can I still take a one-a-day vitamin along with Algael cal plus?

  69. Monica

    June 8, 2016 , 2:07 pm

    Hi Jo,

    Taking a multivitamin and AlgaeCal Plus can be done, with certain precautions. If your multivitamin contains calcium, iron, or zinc, please take it 2-3 hours away from AlgaeCal Plus. Excess amounts of these minerals can hinder your body’s ability to absorb the supplements.

    If you have any other questions during your bone health journey, please let us know!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  70. Deborah Willis

    September 3, 2016 , 3:30 pm

    I am presently taking New Chapter Bone Strength. It appears to have more supplements. I saw info on Algae – why is Algae Cal better?

  71. Monica

    September 5, 2016 , 10:07 am

    Hi Deborah,

    Great question! AlgaeCal Plus uses USDA certified organic plant-based calcium, New Chapter, on the other hand, uses non-organic calcium. AlgaeCal Plus uses capsules, which can be pulled apart and put into smoothies or juices for those who have a more difficult time swallowing. Also, capsules have been shown to have a higher dissolution rate (breaks down more quickly in the stomach). New Chapter is in tablet form.

    Finally, AlgaeCal Plus is guaranteed to increase your bone density! And there are human clinical trials to prove it: https://www.algaecal.com/research/clinical-studies/. No other calcium supplement on the market can claim this or gives such a guarantee.

    If you have more questions or would like to speak to someone personally, you can call us at 1-800-820-0184.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  72. Lillian

    September 4, 2016 , 5:49 pm

    Three weeks ago I started taking AlgaeCal Plus &Strontium Boost to help with my bone density. Since reading some of the earlier posts regarding the use of water and coffee when taking AlgaeCal Plus, I am somewhat confused as to whether I am taking the AlgaeCal correctly. In the morning I take 2 AlgaeCal capsules using LeBleu distilled water to wash them down. Then I enjoy my morning coffee followed by cereal or oatmeal with nuts and fruit about a half hour later. Is this OK?
    In the evening 2-3 hours after taking the AlgaeCal Plus, I take the Strontium Boost washing it down with LeBleu water. Is this OK? The Strontium Boost can be taken with or without food. What foods are non-calcium containing and OK to eat with the Strontium Boost? Thanks!

  73. Monica

    September 5, 2016 , 9:00 am

    Hi Lillian,

    AlgaeCal Plus is best absorbed when taken with a meal that contains fat and protein so ideally you should be taking AlgaeCal Plus after your oatmeal with fruit and nuts or right before you eat, instead of 30 minutes ahead of time. The coffee is fine to have during. 🙂

    For your Strontium, the easiest way is to take your Strontium Boost right before bed as it’s difficult and quite a deal of work to figure out which foods do not contain calcium. Strontium Boost with water is fine!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  74. María

    September 7, 2016 , 8:16 pm


    Si tomo algacal solo, me sirve, no plus, ni estroncio


  75. María

    September 7, 2016 , 8:18 pm


    El algaecal. Si tomo este solo me sirve como calcio. No el plus ni estroncio



  76. Monica

    September 8, 2016 , 8:13 am

    Hi Maria,

    Not sure if I am 100% clear. Are you wanting to take just AlgaeCal Plus and not Strontium?

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  77. María

    September 11, 2016 , 6:50 pm

    Hola Mónica

    Tengo una duda, según leí en una aparte es de ustedes, no entendí bien esto, que si tomo o tome o me aplicaron. una inyección anual como en mi caso acido zoledronico dos años seguidos el último fue en enero de 2016, el cual no me voy aplicar más. Si tomo algaecal no podría tener efecto. Sino hasta seis meses después de haber dejado de tomar el ácido zoledronico. En mi caso cuando podría empezar a tomar algaecal para que me haga efecto.

    Agradecería mucho me informaras


  78. judymayc

    October 28, 2016 , 8:12 am

    I have a sensitivity toward DAIRY. So should I also discontinue Whey Isolate Protein?

  79. Monica

    October 31, 2016 , 1:10 am

    Hi Judy,

    Great Question. Whey Isolate Protein goes through a process where the nonprotein components are removed, resulting in very little lactose. So if you suffer from lactose intolerance, you may be able to still drink or eat products that contain whey isolate protein. But, everyone is different. If you feel a reaction or symptoms to your whey isolate protein, discontinue its use. Instead, you could opt for a different type of protein, such as pea protein.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  80. Euchariste

    November 9, 2016 , 5:55 am

    About salt, it would be a good idea to precise the name of salts people must avoid. Other studies conclude that a certain salt helps our body to maintain its hydratation. What is very important for us all.

  81. Christina Imhoof

    June 8, 2022 , 8:50 pm

    I learned a lot from this article. The biggest surprise is that salt works against bone-building. I have been advised to put salt in my cooking because of my low blood pressure was which has caused me to faint. I probably use 2 teaspoons a day, but this article advises 1 teaspoon a day. I might have to find a seer spot between fainting and damaging my bone growth.

  82. Laura M.

    December 1, 2016 , 7:58 pm

    Hello, I keep reading that calcium should be taken separately from magnesium, as they compete with each other. I have taken AlgaeCal for years and was wondering if this is really true, since AlgaeCal combines both. Thank you very much.

  83. Monica

    December 2, 2016 , 8:19 am

    Hi Laura,

    Great question. Calcium and magnesium do naturally compete with each other BUT if taken at the right ratio, actually help each other absorb better. That ratio is 2:1 (calcium to magnesium), which is the ratio in AlgaeCal Plus.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  84. Patty Clayton

    January 5, 2017 , 7:45 pm

    I’m wondering if it would be possible to get any specific information on the brand/type of oscillating platform that Evi Hoffman speaks of in her testimony on the newsletter titled “A New Years resolution for healthier bones.” I think it’s dated Jan 3 or 4, 2017. I’ve started research on this topic myself and unfortunately there is a large selection to choose from, so I’m hoping to narrow it down some!

  85. Monica

    January 19, 2017 , 9:40 am

    Hi Patty,

    I reached out to Evi and she said she uses something called osflow, which is the oscillating platform she mentions and the rebounder is from cellercise.com.

    Hope that helps!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  86. Barb Winston

    January 15, 2017 , 5:10 pm

    I have been free from sugar since June 2016. I do use Coconut sugar in my herbal tea.
    I have eliminated the regular stuff you have on this list. As a result I have eliminated some pounds. I tell people to eliminate instead of losing weight. Because when you loose something, you will look for it until you find it.
    There is no trying. Only doing it and getting it done. I motivate inmates in a Texas Prison in my classes. So doing is the answer.
    I am patiently waiting until I start this great opportunity to get better bones.
    Thanks for your product,
    Amarillo, Texas

  87. Monica

    January 20, 2017 , 8:27 am

    Hi Lisa,

    You can download the PDF here.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  88. Monica

    February 15, 2017 , 8:27 am

    Hi Lynn,

    You can download the PDF here: https://blog.algaecal.com/wp-content/uploads/6-Foods-to-Avoid-PDF.pdf
    It is also located at the bottom of the post if you need to re-download in the future.
    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  89. Peggy W

    April 16, 2017 , 8:51 pm

    Hello, I was recently diagnosed with bone loss and I am post menopausal. Is it safe for me to take AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium with Fish oil and CoQ10(with Bioperine for better absorption)? I also take ALA. Should I take the pills with lukewarm water? I am not on any medication and I do not eat dairy. I exercise daily. Thank you for your attention.

  90. Monica

    April 18, 2017 , 8:52 am

    Hi Peggy,

    Sounds like you are on the right track to reclaiming your bone health!

    AlgaeCal Plus should be taken 2x per day (2 capsules each time if you are looking to increase bone density, which works out to 4 capsules per day) with a meal. Most like to take it with breakfast and at lunch. You can also include Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil during one of these meals as well. Strontium Boost, on the other hand, should be taken separately from calcium containing foods and most take it on its own right before bed.

    If you are already taking fish oil, you may not need additional CoQ10 with Bioperine and ALA, but that’s something to discuss with your doctor.

    – Monica

  91. Annie

    April 22, 2017 , 7:41 am

    What about agave nectar could this be used instead of sugar?

  92. Monica

    April 22, 2017 , 12:26 pm

    Hi Annie,
    Agave nectar is a slightly better option than refined, white sugar, but nutritionally it is similar to high-fructose corn syrup. I’d try raw honey or Stevia as mentioned or even dates and maple syrup.
    – Monica

  93. Peggy W

    April 26, 2017 , 8:29 am

    Thank you for your April 18 response re Osteopenia. What do you think of my taking just AlgaeCal Plus without Strontium? Would that be sufficient for bone building?

  94. carmen

    June 12, 2017 , 11:49 am

    I already consume very little salt sugar
    donot eat fats nor drink milk and take alot of vitamins. eat one banana a day and other fruits and vegetables.for protein i eat fish pork and chicken.I eat low fat granola with almonds for breakfast I also gp to the gym at least 3 times a week

  95. Monica

    June 13, 2017 , 9:09 am

    Hi Carmen,

    Great to hear! Sounds like you are on the right track when it comes to foods to avoid for osteoporosis!
    – Monica

  96. Virginia Bowen

    June 23, 2017 , 6:50 am

    Try room temp water instead of cold water to swallow large pills. Advice given to me by a pharmacist

  97. Monica

    June 23, 2017 , 8:15 am

    Great advice, Virginia. Also if swallowing AlgaeCal capsules, in particular, they are made out of veggie capsules that you can easily pull apart. You can pour the contents into juices, smoothies etc.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  98. Vickie Harris

    July 22, 2017 , 2:27 pm

    I appreciate that the first food listed to avoid is cola beverages because of the phosphates. I had to discontinue drinking them approximately six years ago on the recommendation of my urologist because I was getting way too many kidney stones and have since been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. It has greatly reduced the number of kidney stones I have had since I stopped drinking colas and in fact I have stopped drinking sodas altogether. Unfortunately the kidney stones have started to recur since I started using AlgaeCal Plus but I don’t know yet if there is a correlation between the two. Would you happen to have any information on how taking a calcium supplement impacts a person with hyperparathyroidism? Thank you for printing such informative articles, I always appreciate how you back up what you say with research. There is so much misleading and downright dangerous information on the internet about health and nutrition that it’s quite refreshing to read your posts!

  99. Monica

    July 23, 2017 , 9:12 am

    Hi Vickie,

    We do have customers who also have hyperparathyroidism and our Customer Care Team can definitely help you. You can call toll free: 1-800-820-0184 from Monday through Friday: 6am to 4pm (PST) and Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 2pm (PST).

    Thank you for the feedback on our content. We truly appreciate it!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  100. Auto injury treatment

    July 28, 2017 , 4:21 am

    Great blog.very useful.

  101. Terri Wang

    August 1, 2017 , 10:44 am

    I just start taking AlgaeCal Plus (2x per day-2 capsules each time after breakfast and dinner) 2 capsules Strontium Boost right before bed. (3 hours apart after dinner) . But I have been taking them with cold water. By looking the message you have replied that recommended taking with juice or food if have trouble with swallowing, Luckily I don’t have this swallowing issue so far; but should I still switch it to with juice or food for better absorbing?
    Thank you.

  102. Monica

    August 1, 2017 , 3:07 pm

    Hi Terri,

    If you are taking AlgaeCal Plus 2x per day with breakfast and dinner, you don’t need to take it with additional juice or food. Strontium Boost should be taken with water on an empty stomach as food does not increase its absorption and needs to be taken apart from calcium-containing foods.

    Hope that helps!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  103. Jeanne Madden

    August 16, 2017 , 11:30 am

    I just found your information on AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost. I am going to a doctor tomorrow . Is there a way to have some of the info. on this product printed out for my files? Thank you, J

  104. Monica

    August 16, 2017 , 11:33 am

    Hi Jeanne,

    We have just the thing! It’s a “Take it To Your Doctor” PDF that you can print, which provides information on both AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. To print, click here: https://blog.algaecal.com/wp-content/uploads/Doctor-Information-Sheet-APSB-8.pdf

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  105. Mary

    September 23, 2017 , 10:20 am

    I still don’t get it. I swallow the algae cal capsules with water after eating breakfast. I swallow the strontium pills with water after the evening meal. Does any of this need to change?

  106. Monica

    September 24, 2017 , 11:49 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Strontium Boost should not be taken after a meal as anything that contains calcium (even a small amount, which is in most meals) will reduce its absorption. We recommend you take Strontium Boost on an empty stomach at least 3 hours apart from meals and calcium-containing foods. Most like to take it right before bed.

    Hope this helps.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  107. Martha Wagner

    December 18, 2017 , 8:50 pm

    I take a strontium from a different company that includes zinc, copper and boron and have been taking it an hour or two before breakfast rather than before bed, because I take 1000 mg of taurine and 100 Mg of 5-HTP before bed to help with sleep. If I were to take the strontium before bed can I still take the taurine and 5-HTP before bed? Fyi, I am waiting for my first bottle of Algae-Cal Plus to arrive and I have osteoporosis.

  108. Jenna

    December 22, 2017 , 10:13 am

    Hi Martha,

    Great question! You can take strontium any time in the day, as long as there is at least a two hour separation from your AlgaeCal Plus as well as significant sources of calcium in food.

    We’re so glad to hear you spoke with one of our Bone Health Consultants the other day & worked together to create a schedule that suits your needs.

    We also double checked, and your package is on its way – you can check the shipping status using the tracking number in your email. Hope this helps Martha, feel free to call us at 1-800-820-0184 or email [email protected] if you have any other questions!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  109. Luisa S

    September 26, 2017 , 4:09 pm

    I just finished reading Lara’s 2013 expanded edition of Your Bones. On page 275 she states that the static poses of yoga cannot build bone. What made her change her mind? Does she still practice Pilates for Osteoporosis. The Osteogenic Loading machine people claim bone cannot be built without OL of 4.2 times body weight. Does yoga do that. They cite research that 10 minutes a week on their expensive machine is all we need to increase BD. Please comment. Thanks.

  110. Lara Pizzorno

    September 27, 2017 , 9:35 am

    Hi Luisa,

    What changed my mind was Fishman’s research, which I discuss in the Yoga post here: https://blog.algaecal.com/yoga-for-osteoporosis/. What he presents in his book had not yet been confirmed when I wrote the 2nd edition of Your Bones. Now it has. Here’s the abstract for the latest paper:

    Top Geriatr Rehabil. 2016 Apr;32(2):81-87. Epub 2015 Nov 5.
    Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss.
    Lu YH1, Rosner B1, Chang G1, Fishman LM1.
    Author information
    Assess the effectiveness of selected yoga postures in raising bone mineral density (BMD).
    Ten-year study of 741 Internet-recruited volunteers comparing preyoga BMD changes with postyoga BMD changes.
    Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometric scans. Optional radiographs of hips and spine and bone quality study (7 Tesla).
    Bone mineral density improved in spine, hips, and femur of the 227 moderately and fully compliant patients. Monthly gain in BMD was significant in spine (0.0029 g/cm2, P = .005) and femur (0.00022 g/cm2, P = .053), but in 1 cohort, although mean gain in hip BMD was 50%, large individual differences raised the confidence interval and the gain was not significant for total hip (0.000357 g/cm2). No yoga-related serious injuries were imaged or reported. Bone quality appeared qualitatively improved in yoga practitioners.
    Yoga appears to raise BMD in the spine and the femur safely.
    osteoporosis; yoga
    PMID: 27226695

    Yes, I still do Pilates as well as yoga and last year I discovered barre, which combines Pilates, yoga and ballet exercises and have become addicted to that as well. I exercise at least one hour every day. It’s my break. As my bones are now in excellent shape and have been for several years –within one year of beginning to take AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost — I can do any of the exercises, not only those tailored to be safe and effective for individuals with osteopenia/osteoporosis.

    RE the Osteogenic Loading machine – Loading activates osteocytes, which is why weight bearing exercise is beneficial. Here’s one of a number of papers discussing this:
    Arch Biochem Biophys. 2008 May 15;473(2):117-23. doi: 10.1016/j.abb.2008.02.028. Epub 2008 Mar 4.
    The response of bone to mechanical loading and disuse: fundamental principles and influences on osteoblast/osteocyte homeostasis.
    Skerry TM1.
    Author information
    Bone’s response to increased or reduced loading/disuse is a feature of many clinical circumstances, and our daily life, as habitual activities change. However, there are several misconceptions regarding what constitutes loading or disuse and why the skeleton gains or loses bone. The main purpose of this article is to discuss the fundamentals of the need for bone to experience the effects of loading and disuse, why bone loss due to disuse occurs, and how it is the target of skeletal physiology which drives pathological bone loss in conditions that may not be seen as being primarily due to disuse. Fundamentally, if we accept that hypertrophy of bone in response to increased loading is a desirable occurrence, then disuse is not a pathological process, but simply the corollary of adaptation to increased loads. If adaptive processes occur to increase bone mass in response to increased load, then the loss of bone in disuse is the only way that adaptation can fully tune the skeleton to prevailing functional demands when loading is reduced. The mechanisms by which loading and disuse cause bone formation or resorption are the same, although the direction of any changes is different. The osteocyte and osteoblast are the key cells involved in sensing and communicating the need for changes in mass or architecture as a result of changes in experienced loading. However, as those cells are affected by numerous other influences, the responses of bone to loading or disuse are not simple, and alter under different circumstances. Understanding the principles of disuse and loading and the mechanisms underlying them therefore represents an important feature of bone physiology and the search for targets for anabolic therapies for skeletal pathology.
    PMID: 18334226

    However, no research confirming efficacy of the Osteogenic Loading Machine/protocol has been published on PubMed.
    http://bstrong4life.com/ the company selling the osteogenic load program began conducting an IRB trial in 2014 that is discussed on their website. No results have been published. In the “research” section on their website, they provide 2 other papers. One was written for Performance Health Systems and has not been published in any journal. The other has been published in a peer-reviewed (PubMed listed) journal. Here is the abstract for this paper, which looks encouraging, and I agree with the conclusion – a larger controlled study should be run to look into it.

    J. Jaquish
    Performance Health Systems, Chicago, United States
    Received 4 August 2013; revised 8 August 2013; accepted 9 September 2013
    Aim: To determine bone density adaptation from multiple-of- bodyweight (MOB) compressive force with exercise apparatus designed for osteogenic loading.
    Methods: Osteogenic Loading (OL) apparatus was used to isolate optimal ranges of motion allowing for axial bone loading at levels that could be MOB (force/loading measured by load cells within the OL apparatus). Optimal positions for OL were verified by analysis of force production maximization [1]. Volunteer subjects, mean age of 62.5(+/-8.2 SD), (n=14) performed 4 specific multi-joint movements on the OL apparatus, each lasting 5 seconds. Sessions were repeated once per week.
    Results: Mean peak force/loading for subjects was 9.18(+/-2.63 SD) MOB (hip/legs) and 3.13(+/-0.79 SD) MOB (spine). Since different hospitals and radiology offices were used to gather DXA data, not all subjects had both hip and spine T-scores, and weeks/sessions of using OL were not uniform, the results are presented in a case report format, depicting pre and post DXA of hip and spine. Conclusions: This MOB level of axial force has been seen to improve BMD [2, 3, 4], however has been commonly affiliated with injury. BMD improvement outcomes were observed in all subjects for one or both test sites with no instances of injury or discomfort, at levels of MOB reaching 9.18(+/-2.63 SD) MOB (hip/legs) and 3.13 (+/-0.79 SD) MOB (spine). These results suggest a larger more controlled study be done to further examine the OL stimulus and adaptation.
    Source: http://bstrong4life.com/research/jaquish-paper/

    I strongly encourage you to get an hour of weight bearing exercise every day. Whatever you find you enjoy and will do consistently will be helpful.
    Be well!

  111. Carole

    April 26, 2019 , 10:55 pm

    So many different ideas. 1 hour a day of weight bearing exercise plus cardio, hike etc is a lot for people who work.

  112. Anna

    December 4, 2017 , 5:10 am

    Gluten may be associated with leaky gut, but I haven’t seen research that says “it causes” leaky gut.
    Besides, I ask the question, how much and how often. I don’t eat a lot of bread so I enjoy it occasionally. I also keep my eye on body inflammation as measured by the CR Reactive Protein lab test.

  113. Donna

    June 9, 2018 , 6:57 am

    Hi..I was interested to see that you named tea as one of the beverages to drink in replacement of colas. I have always heard not to drink tea because of the caffeine that is in it which turns into flouride in your system which makes it hard for your bones to then absorb any calcium you are taking. Is there any truth to that? Thanks!

  114. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 11, 2018 , 12:19 pm

    Hi Donna,

    We have done some digging into the research looking at bone health and caffeine… and it’s good news we promise! You can check out the article here: The Science Behind Caffeine and Osteoporosis. You may also find this article on the Bone Health Benefits of Tea interesting.

    Happy reading! 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  115. Patricia Graham

    June 9, 2018 , 7:13 am

    I have two questions. First, I just read that AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost should only be used for seven years. Is that so? Second, I am confused about a schedule for taking these two. I take one Strontium Boost immediately upon rising in the morning with water, drink my instant cocoa then, and two hours later I take 2 AlgeaCal Plus with my little container of yogurt. I take 2 AlgeaCal Plus at dinnertime, and 1 Strontium Boost at bedtime on an empty stomach. Is this schedule okay? Thanks for all the wonderful work you do, and for this wonderful site!

  116. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 13, 2018 , 12:09 pm

    Hi Patricia,

    So glad you reached out! The seven years referred to is simply the length of our most recently published human clinical study, which can be found here. The AlgaeCal program provided study participants with a measured increase in bone density, year after year, with no negative side effects reported in the blood work of any participant. (We’re very excited to say that this study recently won the Charles A. Ragus Award for Best Original Research Paper in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, and you can find more information on that here.) You can absolutely continue with AlgaeCal after 7 years! In fact, our 7 year guarantee repeats at this time!

    Patricia, your schedule sounds great! But to make things easier, you can take both capsules of Strontium Boost at one time and still get the same bone-building benefits. For example, you can take 2 capsules of AlgaeCal Plus with yogurt, followed by 2 capsules of AlgaeCal Plus with dinner, and then 2 capsules of Strontium Boost at bedtime on an empty stomach.

    Hopefully that helps! If you have further questions about scheduling, you may find it easiest to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  117. Linda Braden

    July 19, 2019 , 9:07 am

    She mentioned that she drinks instant cocoa just after taking the Strontium Boost. I thought that calcium is to be avoided for two hours before and after Strontium Boost. Yes? No?

  118. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 19, 2019 , 10:15 am

    Great point, Linda! As long as the instant cocoa contains less than 100 mg of calcium then it will be okay to have alongside Strontium Boost ?

    Please let us know if you have any questions!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  119. Cesca Diebschlag

    June 9, 2018 , 1:27 pm

    Under point 3 of this article you say “Foods that are high in animal fat and protein — red meat, cheese, fried eggs, butter, highly processed foods — are especially high in AGEs” and should be avoided. Then under point 5, you say that dairy is a healthy fat. So is butter good or bad?

  120. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 13, 2018 , 2:02 pm

    Hi Cesca,

    Apologies for the confusion. To clarify, we should have said that those types of foods should be avoided in excess. While organic red meat, cheese, eggs, and butter are good sources of certain nutrients, they are also high in AGEs so limiting consumption may be a good idea. Grass-fed butter can be a great choice in certain instances, just in moderation! Highly processed foods in general though should be limited or avoided as best as possible.

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  121. L Renea Woodward-Turner

    July 9, 2018 , 9:11 pm

    I purchased a two-sided plastic tablet container with 7 days on each side. I labeled on side for Calcium and the other side for the Strontium. I take 3 Calcium per day and 2 Strontium per day. This way I can look in the containers and see if I have taken the required dosages for each day otherwise I wouldn’t be able to remember by looking in the bottles what I had taken because they look so much alike. .

  122. Gloria Armstrong

    August 26, 2018 , 6:19 pm

    I have been diagnosed with osteroporosis. I am just finishing my first bottle of AlgaeCal Plus along with the Strontim Boost. I feel like I am getting indigestion from them..Kind of a weird taste in my mouth. Is this something others have complained of? I dont want to quit taking them but it seems my stomach is not quite right. Is this too much calcium to be taking? Would taking less capsules still have the positive results? Also I read about Strontium creating false positive results on a Dexa scan.. Can you tell me more about what Strontium really does to your bones? Thank you so much.

  123. Jenna AlgaeCal

    August 28, 2018 , 3:19 pm

    Hi Gloria,

    We’re so sorry to hear you’ve been experiencing indigestion while taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. We guarantee our products and definitely want to make sure you are feeling 100% so one of our Bone Health Consultants will reach out to you via email to answer your questions and find a solution that is right for you!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  124. Viviana

    May 15, 2019 , 9:47 am

    Good reply Genna, but can you pls also add a comment about this question:
    “Also I read about Strontium creating false positive results on a Dexa scan.. Can you tell me more about what Strontium really does to your bones? ”
    I am also taking Strontium and going to have my next Dexa Scan end of June, do you suggest stopping taking it some days before?
    Thank you so much!

  125. Jenna AlgaeCal

    May 21, 2019 , 9:33 am

    Hi Viviana,

    Absolutely! Lara Pizzorno, Bone Health Expert and author of Your Bones, has written extensively about strontium and addresses this concern here.

    We suggest stopping both AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost one day before your DEXA scan. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call us at 1-800-820-0184!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  126. Karen

    June 9, 2019 , 11:19 pm

    You are not answering about false decals results

  127. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 11, 2019 , 2:11 pm

    Hi Karen,

    You can click here to read the blog post where Lara Pizzorno has responded to this common concern under myth #3! I’ll paste the information below as well. 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

    “The common myth is that strontium supplementation results in larger concentrations of strontium in your bones. And more strontium in your bone causes the DEXA to overstate your bone density increase.

    The truth is, strontium does weigh much more than calcium, and its mass does impact DEXA readings…but only a little.

    Atomic Weights: Calcium 40.08, Strontium 87.63

    Strontium has nearly twice the atomic weight of calcium.

    Because of this difference in mass, strontium’s substitution for calcium weakens X-ray penetration during DEXA scanning and results in overestimation of BMD. But strontium ions replaces less than one calcium ion out of 10, so the overestimation is not great enough to discount DEXA results showing improvements in BMD.

    The latest science shows your result may be overstated by 8.5% – 11.2%. But don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Even after adjusting your score down by about 10%, an increase in bone density is still an increase!

    For example, if you gained a modest 1% after taking strontium and you reduce that score by 10%, you STILL GAINED .9% of new bone. That’s a big win when you normally would have been losing bone density!

    Don’t be fooled by the strontium critics. The increased density in the strontium studies (including the AlgaeCal studies) are still outright increases in bone density in older adults who should be losing bone. And increased bone density is closely correlated with lowered risk of breaking a bone.

    Besides, strontium has been shown to reduce fracture risk independent of bone density. In other words, whether your bone density increases or not, strontium reduces your risk of breaking a bone!”

  128. Sandra

    July 14, 2019 , 4:56 am

    I have had an 11.2% increase after taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost for a year I was never told to stop Strontium Boost a couple of days before my Dexa scan.

  129. Megan AlgaeCal

    July 18, 2019 , 1:51 pm

    Hi Sandra!

    Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story! Your results are AMAZING, and we’re so happy for you! ❤️

    No worries if you weren’t asked to stop Strontium Boost before your DEXA scan. If you’d like to learn more about strontium and DEXA results, check out Myth #3 in this article: https://blog.algaecal.com/the-truth-about-strontium-supplements-side-effects-dexa-results-efficacy-and-more/.

    If you have any questions or need clarification please feel free to email [email protected] call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  130. Jean

    March 19, 2019 , 5:05 am

    I have been taking the recommended dose of AlgaeCal and Strontium for over a year. Two at lunch and dinner and the strontium before bed. It has been creating very loose bowel movements. Is there something upsetting my bacteria balance?

  131. Jenna AlgaeCal

    March 27, 2019 , 3:14 pm

    Sorry to hear AlgaeCal is not agreeing with you, Jean! Typically loose stools are a sign of mineral imbalance — we’ll reach out shortly to find the best solution for you. In the meantime, please discontinue use.

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  132. Deb Greider

    June 2, 2019 , 9:09 am

    I also have trouble with loose stools but I don’t want to stop the Algae Cal. Why should we stop?

  133. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 12, 2019 , 10:33 am

    Hi Linda,

    We suggest discontinuing AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost temporarily to help resolve the sensitivity — we want you to feel 100% while taking AlgaeCal! Often, a slow reintroduction to the products does the trick, other times it identifies that it’s not AlgaeCal at all, or you may have an issue absorbing magnesium.

    If you try a slow reintroduction and identify that AlgaeCal Plus is causing your loose stools or diarrhea, this is likely due to the magnesium.

    Lara Pizzorno, Bone Health Expert and author of Your Bones, has explained that people who are experiencing frequent loose stools or diarrhea after taking magnesium (like in AlgaeCal Plus) might be part of the ~25% of us who do not do a good job of converting vitamin B6 to P5P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate).

    Why does this matter? Well, vitamin B6 in the form of P5P helps our body absorb magnesium! If you’re not able to do this conversion yourself, you likely need help through additional supplementation of P5P.
    You can take 25 mg of P5P at the same time as your AlgaeCal to help your body properly absorb magnesium. This should stop any negative effects you were experiencing!

    If you have any questions or need further support, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call us at 1-800-820-0184!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  134. Elizabeth

    August 3, 2020 , 12:07 pm

    I’m reading over comments and wondering if her loose stools could also have been caused from the fact that she was taking her first batch of AlgaeCal with her lunch instead of breakfast?

  135. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 4, 2020 , 1:39 pm

    Hi Elizabeth!

    It’s possible that spacing out the two dosages may have helped. The most effective schedule can differ from person to person, so it’s a good idea to find what works best for you. Thanks for pointing this out! 😀

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  136. pauline

    March 30, 2019 , 5:39 am

    Im thinking of starting Algaecal but the doctor as got me on Vi D3 800u tabs 2 Tablets daily Will i still be able to have the Algaecal

  137. Jenna AlgaeCal

    April 1, 2019 , 3:21 pm

    Hi Pauline,

    In the daily dose of AlgaeCal you’d be getting 1,600 IU of vitamin D3 — so that’s the perfect amount of vitamin D for you according to your doctors’ recommendation! This means you could take AlgaeCal and discontinue your additional supplementation.

    Feel free to email [email protected] or give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you have further questions! 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  138. Elsie A Brown

    April 29, 2019 , 5:11 am

    Whose brilliant idea was it to sprinkle little black seeds around the box of healthy foods? Y’all DO realize they closely resemble ants that have just discovered the mother load of what would be a feast. don’t you?

  139. Jenna AlgaeCal

    April 29, 2019 , 3:27 pm

    Haha, I see what you mean Elsie! Thankfully they aren’t ants. 😀

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  140. Corky

    April 29, 2019 , 7:11 pm

    I’m a little confused. If AlgaeCal Plus is not to be taken with water due to additional minerals in the water, what should you use to swallow the capsules? Or is this only applicable when capsules are opened and sprinkled on the medium on which it’s carried?

  141. Jenna AlgaeCal

    May 2, 2019 , 12:11 pm

    Hi Corky,

    It does sound like there’s been some confusion — there are no limitations on what you can eat or drink with AlgaeCal Plus! In fact, we encourage you to have food in your stomach when taking AlgaeCal to help with absorption. For those who would like to open the capsules and sprinkle the powder in foods we just don’t recommend hot foods or drinks to avoid denaturing the vitamins.

    We have a handy post with more information on how to take AlgaeCal here.

    If you have any questions or need clarification please call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 — they can go over how to take AlgaeCal in further detail. 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  142. Mo

    July 30, 2019 , 5:36 pm

    Hello, is the tablets ok to take with hot food without opening capsules?

  143. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 31, 2019 , 10:00 am

    Hi Mo,

    If you choose to swallow the capsules whole, then yes, you can take them with hot food! Let us know if you have any questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  144. Renea

    May 30, 2019 , 7:36 pm

    There is a magazine distributed in our local health food store called Good Health Lifestyles. They had an article the other day in one of their magazines that mentioned the what minerals are needed in addition to calcium that are needed in a good supplement. They mentioned almost all the minerals that are in your Algaecal plus. They also mentioned Strontium as a necessary supplement. I know now that I have the right supplement.

  145. Beverly Lewis

    May 31, 2019 , 4:32 pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading all of the comments. So informative and helpful. I’m not sure why so many folks mentioned not taking Algaecal Plus with water. I have always taken it with water after a meal. Please let me know if I am doing the right thing. Also after reading the 8 foods to avoid ..please advice me of my breakfast routine if it is helping or hurting my bones. 1 fried egg in pat of butter from grass fed cows on 1 slice of organic seeded bread with no sugar..banana and glass of fat free organic milk. Your advice is appreciated. Thank you

  146. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 12, 2019 , 11:16 am

    Hi Beverly,

    You can definitely take your AlgaeCal Plus with water, that’s no problem! As with most foods, we suggest eating eggs and grass-fed butter in moderation. It sounds like you’re on the right track choosing organic — it’s also best to eat whole foods, or minimally processed foods, as much as possible. Be sure to listen to your body and choose foods that feel good for you!

    We have a great post covering the top foods to eat you might be interested in here. If you have any questions please feel free to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  147. md

    July 8, 2019 , 8:44 am

    What about fermented foods? I like to make kimchi, pickles etc. And acidic foods? I also use a lot of vinegar and lemon juice.

  148. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 9, 2019 , 2:26 pm

    Hi md,

    Homemade kimchi and pickles? Count us in. 😀 Fermented foods are super healthy for you! You can read about their health benefits here. Acidic foods like vinegar and lemon juice are great too!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  149. Lynda

    July 21, 2019 , 10:15 pm

    I thought you were supposed to eat acidic foods.

  150. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 23, 2019 , 2:23 pm

    Hi Lynda,

    Acidic foods can be healthy in moderation! ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  151. Judy Marsh

    July 10, 2019 , 2:40 pm

    I just started taking the strontium the past 2 days but have loose stool in the mornings. Any suggestions. Thank you.

  152. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 12, 2019 , 12:06 pm

    Hi Judy,

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been experiencing loose stools while taking Strontium Boost. It’s uncommon for Strontium Boost to cause any reactions because it is natural, and human clinically tested to not cause side effects. However, everyone is different and you could be reacting to one of the natural vitamins or minerals in the formulation.

    It could be the citrate – if you have an infection with any species of the pathogenic bacteria Clostridia. Many people have this infection and are not aware of it. Citrate is typically good for you; however, when you are infected with Clostridia, it feeds off of citrate and thus brings about symptoms. This is why you may experience symptoms such as loose stools. Not to worry, this can be rectified! We recommend discussing this with your doctor and potentially ordering an Organic Acids Test. In the meantime, we suggest taking just 1 capsule of Strontium Boost a day or completely stopping it until you know the cause.

    Please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184. We’d love to work with you to identify the cause ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  153. Joy Lacey

    August 11, 2019 , 10:20 am

    It could be magnesium causing the loose stool. I had very loose stool for 2 years till finally discovered it was the cal/mag I was taking.

  154. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 15, 2019 , 10:40 am

    Glad you discovered what was causing the loose stools, Joy – hope you’re feeling better now!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  155. Margo Glass

    August 21, 2019 , 2:35 pm

    Magnesium isn’t the problem, it is the formulation. Both Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Sulfate do have a laxative effect. Magnesium Glycinate does NOT have a laxative effect and can be used safely.

  156. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 23, 2019 , 3:58 pm

    Thank you for your comment, Margo! Magnesium is a mineral that can have a mild laxative effect in the body if the ratio between calcium and magnesium is imbalanced. AlgaeCal Plus is formulated to a 2:1 calcium to magnesium ratio which is the most common ratio. However, everyone is different and your body mineral composition may be naturally higher in magnesium which may cause loose stools, etc. Having said that, we’re happy to offer suggestions for ways to offset this ? Let us know if you have any questions!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  157. Lazar

    July 15, 2019 , 9:40 am

    Are fruit juices without added sugar (i.e with only sugar contained in fruits) bad too?

  158. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 16, 2019 , 12:17 pm

    Hi Lazar,

    That’s a good question! Freshly squeezed fruit juices can be good for you in moderation. However, we’d recommend eating fruit or blending fruit in a smoothie instead – this way you get fiber and don’t overdo it on sugar ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  159. Dennisss

    July 20, 2019 , 4:43 am

    I’ve had Crohn for 50+ years. One of the secondary issues is bone density, loss, torri growths and kidney stones. What do you suggest for controlling oxalate stone formation?

  160. Megan AlgaeCal

    July 23, 2019 , 1:45 pm

    Hi Dennis, thank you for taking the time to share and ask your very relevant question!

    We have a great article here about oxalates.

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  161. Deb

    August 8, 2019 , 12:36 pm

    I take AlgeaCal. My question is why is dairy okay? It’s always been on my arthritis list of what not to take? Also bacon is so bad for inflammation, I’d think it would be bad for bones as well. Thanks

  162. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 15, 2019 , 10:38 am

    Good question, Deb! If you are not lactose intolerant, dairy can be healthy for you in moderation 🙂 We have an in-depth blog post exploring the relationship between milk and osteoporosis. If you’d like to read this, click here!

    Yes, bacon causes inflammation so it is best to limit its consumption. We highly recommend our Triple Power Fish Oil for arthritic pain – it provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients shown to help manage the pain and stiffness associated with arthritic conditions! You can learn more here.

    Let us know if you have any questions ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  163. Lemar Jensen

    August 26, 2019 , 12:00 pm

    Why don’t you guarantee the results if you are taking the basic AlgaeCal? I’m on a blood thinner so I want something that is guaranteed.

  164. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 27, 2019 , 1:26 pm

    Hi Lemar, good question!

    We base our 7-year guarantee on the results of our 7-year study, which looked at AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. We do offer our 1-year product satisfaction guarantee to everyone, which you can learn more about here. Lemar, did you know that some newer blood thinners don’t interact with vitamin K2? If you are on an older blood thinner, feel free to discuss options with your doctor as you may be able to take AlgaeCal Plus in some cases!

    For more information, please feel free to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184! ❤️

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  165. Katie Windmueller

    September 15, 2019 , 2:52 pm

    i read these coments as well and would like to get a pdf file as well. I am almost finished with my second batch of both algae cal and strotium and doing well with this according to xray of a femur break in April. totally healed in femur! understand there is a 10% discount on my next batch? need to order and will call.

  166. Megan AlgaeCal

    September 17, 2019 , 10:14 am

    Hi Katie, great to hear from you!

    You can download the pdf file here. That’s excellent news that your femur is completely healed!! ? We are so happy for you and excited for you to continue strengthening your bones ?

    If you received a special 10% offer, please do give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 so we can look into it!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  167. Joyce

    September 24, 2019 , 10:54 am

    My doctor has me taking 5,000 IU of Vit D a day. Should I continue taking the extra 5,000?
    I could decrease it, but would it be needed when taking AlgaeCal?

  168. Blaire AlgaeCal

    September 24, 2019 , 2:59 pm

    Hi Joyce,

    Glad you reached out! Vitamin D3 supplementation requirements vary greatly from person to person, so to make sure you’re getting the right amount, check out this link.

    A daily dose of 4 capsules of AlgaeCal Plus contains 1600 IUs of vitamin D3. This amount is sufficient if your vitamin D3 level is within the optimal range of 50-80 ng/ml. If you have less than 50 ng/ml, then we highly recommend you to take additional D3 to reach the optimal range. This is critical for your success in increasing your bone density because, without sufficient vitamin D3, your body will not be able to absorb calcium optimally.

    Joyce, if you are taking additional D3, then your requirement for vitamin K2 also increases. These two vitamins work hand in hand to deliver calcium directly to your bone. Vitamin D3 helps absorb calcium into your bloodstream, then vitamin K2 directs the calcium from your blood into your bones. This is why, if you take additional D3, let us know the amount and we can recommend the amount of K2 you should take with it.

    Please don’t hesitate to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 if you’d like to go over this more in-depth!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  169. lisa

    September 25, 2019 , 2:00 pm

    Contradictory info:
    Foods that are high in animal fat and protein — red meat, cheese, fried eggs, butter, highly processed foods — are especially high in AGEs and should be avoided in excess.
    Next paragraph:
    Top foods to limit and avoid are processed foods, cured meats, sauces, salad dressings, cheese, instant soups, bagels, and frozen dinners. Good replacements for these salty foods are dark leafy greens, plain yogurt, unsalted rice and pasta, dried fruits, mozzarella, eggs, couscous, and fresh fish.

    Cheese and eggs? Good or bad? Is mozzarella a better choice than other cheeses?

  170. Megan AlgaeCal

    September 27, 2019 , 11:32 am

    Hi Lisa, thanks for pointing this out!

    We’ll definitely work on making our articles more clear. With the first paragraph, it’s moreso the frying of the eggs that increase their AGE content. And yes, you’re on the right track – if looking for a lower sodium cheese, mozzarella is a great choice! You can always look at nutrition labels to compare sodium content when making a decision ?

    Hope this helps and thank you again for the feedback! ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  171. Molly

    November 5, 2019 , 6:38 am

    When looking at cheeses and calcium content I saw that mozarella is lower than, say, aged cheddar or gouda. What I do is avoid salting foods if I know I’m going to have cheese with them. For instance I used to add salt to avocado toast and then sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. But since the cheese us already salty I omit the added salt.

  172. Megan AlgaeCal

    November 5, 2019 , 8:40 am

    Hi Molly, that’s a great idea!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share – balance is definitely key here 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  173. sandra

    November 2, 2019 , 11:57 am

    there is a HUGE difference in the nutritional profile of industrial animal fats as opposed to the fats of animals raised with their natural diet, treated humanely and according to their natural behaviors, and humanely slaughtered (not transported long distances in crowded conditions before being killed). There is also a difference in nutrition between fresh (unpasteurized) whole milk (if you buy directly from the farm, that milk will come from ONE breed of cow) and industrial milk blended from many different breeds and not produced as cleanly because it is destined for pasteurization. Homogenization also makes the milk fats rancid, and rancid fats and oils cause inflammation. I have been drinking raw milk and consuming raw milk cheese for many years now and am healthier for it. I can’t tolerate even organic grass fed whole milk from the store (no raw milk available in our stores, I contract with a certified raw milk farmer whose farm I have visited).

  174. Karen Renfro

    January 2, 2020 , 1:46 pm

    What do you do if you need an animal-based high-fat/high-protein diet to maintain optimum health? In terms of volume, more than half my diet comes from fresh-cooked or raw vegetables (including potatoes which I count as a carbohydrate). I try to have red meat (beef or lamb) four or five times a week. If I switched to poultry & fish five times a week I become weak, tired, fuzzy-minded, and feel sick. Do you take into consideration that individual nutrition needs are not all the same, and a lot has to do with our ancestors and DNA?

  175. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 3, 2020 , 12:09 pm

    Hi Karen, thanks for sharing!

    You’re right that nutrition needs should be tailored to individual needs based on DNA, medical conditions, lifestyle, life stage, etc. That’s interesting that you mention getting weak, tired, etc. if you switch from red meat to poultry and fish. Do you know the reason for this? Wondering if it has to do with iron content!

    Keep up the great work eating lots of vegetables! If you’re interested in some bone-healthy recipes, feel free to check out our blog here. ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  176. Patricia A Hayes Hall

    November 8, 2019 , 10:17 pm

    i understand the importance of supplementing minerals not just for bones but for other bodily functions. I need plant and or herb base supplement. I have a vertebrae which is out of alignment and spondylolisthesis at L4-5 with an uproofing of that disc. There are multiple buldging and diminishing discs from my atlas to my sacrum plus abnormal curvatures from atlas to sacrum. In addition my hips are out of alignment with bilateral SI joint dysfunction.

  177. Megan AlgaeCal

    November 12, 2019 , 1:58 pm

    Hi Patricia, we’re sorry to hear about the health challenges you’ve been going through!

    We’re here to support you in any way we can – whether through our Bone Builder Pack, which you can learn more about here, our amazing blog with bone-healthy recipes & exercises, or support from our Bone Health Consultants who can be reached at 1-800-820-0184.

    Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  178. susan

    November 19, 2019 , 10:38 pm

    I would suggest you try hanna somatics a gentle way to get your spine and joints in alignment.

  179. Blaire AlgaeCal

    November 20, 2019 , 12:09 pm

    Thank you for the suggestion, Susan! ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  180. Jeanne Lewis

    December 16, 2019 , 11:34 am

    Strontium causes bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia. It only attaches to the surface of the bone.please comment on the safety and effectiveness of your strontium boost. Share any health risks. Be honest.How do you know that your claims are accurate?

  181. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 16, 2019 , 12:26 pm

    Hi Jeanne, thanks for reaching out!

    It sounds like you may have been reading about strontium ranelate, a prescription form of strontium which we would never recommend. The form of strontium we use is strontium citrate, which is completely natural, side effect free, and clinically supported to be beneficial for bone health! I think you’ll find that your concerns are addressed in our extensive article here. You’ll notice we link to our referenced studies as well.

    Feel free to have a read and let us know if you have any questions afterwards! 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  182. Louise R Vitanza

    February 23, 2020 , 5:58 am

    I have low bone density. I have depression issues. I have had only one left hip fracture in 2009. The post surgery pain is still severe 11 years later. I take alot of ibuprofen, tylenol and narcotics. I take calcium, magnesium and vit d. I’m 53 and work full time. I am underweight at 105 lbs. Doctors keep passing me along to specialist after specialist which I never did see because of expenses. I need help

  183. Blaire AlgaeCal

    February 24, 2020 , 1:10 pm

    Hi Louise,

    Thank you for sharing your story, and we’re very sorry to hear what you’re going through ? We’d love to help you!

    AlgaeCal is the only calcium supplement with human clinical studies showing it can increase bone mineral density – all other calciums have only ever been able to slow down bone loss. In fact, AlgaeCal has shown that it can increase bone mineral density safely and naturally in three prominent and peer-reviewed journals. The latest 7-year study showed consistent and linear increases year after year. To see these studies, click here.

    Louise, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you’d like more information ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  184. Valerie Millin

    December 23, 2019 , 5:31 am

    Can I’ve 1 banana abd and 2 boil egg and take my Algae Cal, or list of breakfast to eat with Algae Cal for breakfast
    What kinda meal for lunch for eating Algae Cal to eat.
    I made Brown rice with spinach and Turkey can I take Algae Cal with that
    Ist time taking Algae Cal 12/23/19

  185. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 24, 2019 , 10:17 am

    Hi Valerie, thanks for reaching out!

    Yes, the foods you mentioned are okay to take with AlgaeCal! Generally, you don’t need to worry about which foods are okay to have with AlgaeCal Plus. If you’re taking Strontium Boost as well, you want to space it out from meals/snacks with more than 100 mg of calcium.

    Hope this helps! If you have any other questions or would like more information, please feel free to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  186. Hilda

    January 8, 2020 , 11:13 am

    Hello, can I take the algae cal along with biotin and b12? Flaxseed capsules?

  187. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 9, 2020 , 8:47 am

    Hi Hilda,

    Yes, you can safely take AlgaeCal alongside these supplements 🙂 Thanks for checking in!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  188. Julia P

    January 2, 2020 , 8:28 pm

    My Dr. Told me that Strontium makes bone density greater by replacing the calcium in your bones with itself (Strontium.)
    You need to keep taking the Strontium or your bone density will just revert back to before or worse, but taking Strontium long term is hard on your kidneys. I’ve also read a lot of women experience hair loss from it. What do you have to say in its defense?

  189. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 3, 2020 , 12:18 pm

    Hi Julia, thanks for sharing your concerns – we’d love to help address them!

    The truth is, strontium does weigh much more than calcium, and its mass does impact DEXA readings…but only by a very small amount. The possible overestimation is not great enough to discount DEXA results showing improvements in BMD. Furthermore, strontium has been shown to reduce fracture risk independent of bone density! We are happy to share with you the latest research on our blog here. You’ll also find a section on kidney health under the “Strontium Safety” section in this same article.

    We recommend taking Strontium Boost alongside AlgaeCal Plus until you’re in a healthy bone density range – at this point

  190. Gundula

    June 12, 2020 , 11:13 pm

    Hi, I just read the above comment. Does that mean I can stop Strontium once my Dexa Scan shows I am in normal range?
    Thank you

  191. Blaire AlgaeCal

    June 15, 2020 , 12:33 pm

    That’s right, Gundula! Once you’re in a healthy bone density range, we recommend just taking AlgaeCal Plus at a maintenance dosage of 3 capsules a day.

    Let us know if you have further questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  192. Jill

    August 31, 2020 , 4:09 am

    Can someone please clarify the concern regarding hair loss with Strontium. I am considering Algae Cal supplements but have had Female Pattern Hair Loss triggered by other
    medication and do not want to exacerbate the condition.

  193. Megan AlgaeCal

    September 6, 2020 , 1:18 pm

    Hi Jill!

    Along with being clinically supported to increase bone density, AlgaeCal showed no side effects in our studies! The results of our studies showed extraordinary safety via a panel of 45 blood chemistries and a quality of life questionnaire.

    In saying that, we understand that everyone is different, and if you tend to be more sensitive to supplements we recommend a slow introduction. For example, start with 1-2 capsules of AlgaeCal for a few days then slowly increase to the recommended 4 capsules a day. Then add 1 capsule of Strontium Boost for a few days before taking the recommended 2 capsules. This way you’ll give time for your body to adjust to these new supplements!

    For more information, please give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  194. Keesha

    January 9, 2020 , 6:38 pm

    On Christmas day back on December 2017, my husband & I hugged. Suddenly, I heard a cracking sound & then I fell to the floor in severe pain! My larger rib upper left side under my breast? It got fractured from a simple little hug. I never went to the E.R. because many years prior, I fractured 2 ribs on my lower right side & the E.R. Dr. said to me: Lot’s of rest & take pain pills for the severity of the pain! Fast forward to today January 9, 2020 almost 2 years to the day I fractured the same exact upper left rib has I was hunched over on the backseat floor of my car. I was cleaning the floor carpeting, then I raised up my right knee to get myself Once again! Being a very cold day outside today? I was wearing 2 heavy oversize sweaters with 2 heavy oversize sweatshirts in a more comfortable position while cleaning & then my right knee pressed up against my left breast but with not much pressure whatsoever. I then felt & heard the same crackling noise & felt the intense rib pain? over the sweaters & my knee hardly hit my rib! How could this be? No Trauma, No Forced impact, No auto accident, etc. For the same rib to fracture twice with hardly any force behind each fractured case?!? This time, I was much more concerned!   I came to this website looking for info about Osteoporosis? No trauma, No forced impact, No auto accident(s), etc. We’re talking an everyday hug from 2 years ago the 1st large rib fractured and my knee today barely touched the same rib cage area! I had a bone-density test done about 12-15 years ago? I was told I had beginning stages of R.A. & or Osteoarthritis! I said to my husband I wasn’t going to the E.R. tonight unless I can’t take in deep breaths or any type of trouble breathing! I’m already on a strong pain med. from my lower back spinal stenosis & bulged lower back disk from my L3-L5 & I’m suppose to have neck surgery on my C-spine, cause I had an accident a few years ago, I fell over backwards in a stand-up shower & cracked the bottom of my head open a bit & landed up with a concussion.
     Bottom-Line is, when I read what to and what not to eat from within this website?
     Many of the food listed that are bad for you? I don’t eat about 80% or more already for ages! Being that I’m a Chef for over 30 years? I love cooking many different ways and the healthier the better especially, when I’m creating a new recipe for my husband & myself!  
     But I’m going to share this website with all my family & friends since they list everything on one website right in a row unlike so many other sites online! I found this website to be very informative!
    I do believe I need quite a few test done for my bones and everything else before the next break or fracture, etc.? Would be my hip or more than my hip!
    Thank You for such an awesome website you’re sharing with everyone!
    God Bless You All!
    Keesha :”_)

  195. Blaire AlgaeCal

    January 10, 2020 , 8:47 am

    Hi Keesha,

    Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your story. We’re so sorry to hear about the injuries you have suffered – they sound extremely painful! We definitely recommend going to your doctor to address your fracture, and to request a DEXA scan.

    Our program can help speed up the healing process – bones are living tissues, and the calcium, magnesium, boron, vanadium, and other vitamins and minerals in AlgaeCal will help your bones repair! If you’re interested in other ways to speed up healing, you may find this article helpful.

    We’re so happy to hear you have found our website informative, Keesha! Keep up the excellent job researching, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you’d like more information. ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  196. LaVonne

    January 18, 2020 , 7:01 pm

    Fully agree. Great, helpful information. I had Dexa Scan..found out I have Osteopenia. Pain bad at times..definitely helpful. Thank you. Inflammatory condition..need to change diet accordingly.

  197. Michele Graham

    February 11, 2020 , 5:23 pm

    May I ask your age range please Keesha?

  198. Diane

    March 20, 2020 , 9:06 am

    Un déséquilibre hormonal pourrait peut-être être à l’origine de votre situation. Votre médecin pourrait sûrement vous aider.

  199. Emily

    March 31, 2020 , 1:14 am

    I’ve been taking AlgaeCalPlus and Strontium Boost since November 2019 and in March 2020 I started taking the Omega3 Supplement. I really like the taste of the Omega 3 I just wish it wasn’t so sweet. My question today is why are my finger joints becoming so painful recently? Especially my left hand, I’m having a really hard time bending my fingers. Never had this problem before. Should I stop taking my AlgaeCal Plus and StrontiumBoost for a couple of weeks to see what happens?

  200. Blaire AlgaeCal

    March 31, 2020 , 9:38 am

    Hi Emily,

    Thanks for reaching out! It’s great to hear you have been taking the products and that you like the taste of the fish oil. If you do find the fish oil a little too sweet, we recommend mixing it in a smoothie with fruits and leafy greens. A great thing that some of us here in the office do is simply mixing a tablespoon through some natural plain greek yogurt. Delicious!

    We’re so sorry to hear about the pain you’re experiencing. This is very unusual and not something you should be experiencing with AlgaeCal! It’s uncommon for AlgaeCal Plus or Strontium Boost to cause any reactions because they are natural and tested in human clinical trials to not cause side effects. In saying that, we understand everyone is different and you may be reacting to one of the natural vitamins or minerals in the formulation. We would love to work with you to identify the cause! We recommend doing a ‘slow reintroduction’ of our products.

    The method for slow reintroduction is quite easy! Simply discontinue both AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost until you are feeling back to full health. At this point, you would introduce only the AlgaeCal Plus, at a half dosage (1 capsule in the morning, 1 in the evening). Only once you are comfortable with this, you can then introduce the full dosage (2 capsules in the morning, 2 in the evening). Again, once your body is tolerating this comfortably, you can do the same process with the Strontium Boost, starting with 1 capsule right before bed. This will help to determine where the sensitivity may lie. Most of the time the issue resolves itself during this process!

    Hope that helps – please do keep us updated on how you’re doing ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  201. Myra Hutchens

    December 7, 2020 , 8:06 pm

    my fingers are very painful and i cant bend them when i wake up in the mornings and my left arm goes numb sometimes ever since i started taking algaecal and strontium boost. i have been taking them for about 7 months i quit and have not had these problems since.

  202. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 8, 2020 , 3:22 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear you experienced this while taking our products, Myra.

    We definitely want to make sure you are feeling 100% so please email [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184 to speak with one of our Bone Health Consultants. We look forward to hearing from you and would love to work with you on your bone health journey going forward! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  203. Jeannie Blevins

    June 10, 2022 , 2:14 pm

    Did not know that eating non organic fruits would give me metals in my body

  204. Barbara W

    April 15, 2020 , 12:02 pm

    could I be kept informed about how this person’s experience with the reintrodcation of this product?


  205. Megan AlgaeCal

    April 16, 2020 , 10:54 am

    Hi Barbara!

    Emily may or may not respond, but if she does you’ll be able to see it here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  206. michele kirk

    May 24, 2020 , 10:27 am

    I would be very interested in hearing what Emily has come up with after hearing her symptoms of her fingers and joints. I am thinking of buying this product, I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have the same symptoms as Emily before even taking this product.

  207. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 26, 2020 , 8:44 am

    Hi Michele, thanks for reaching out!

    We would encourage you to check in with your doctor about the possible causes of your painful joints. One possible cause is inflammation, which can also contribute to osteoporosis. We have an article on the best anti-inflammatory foods you may find helpful here.

    Any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  208. Sandra

    July 17, 2020 , 7:26 pm

    Hi Emily, I just saw your email now or I would have written sooner. Unlike you, I loved the flavor of the Omega3 fish oil supplement, but I started having aching in my joints after taking it for a little while. The pain went away when I stopped taking the supplement. Since then I have had a similar reaction to supplements with turmeric. I don’t know what caused the joint pain in both cases, but in both cases the pain went away when I stopped taking the supplements. I hope you are feeling better!

  209. Lucy Barrett

    June 11, 2020 , 1:13 pm

    I’m a 34 year old female who has just been diagnosed with osteoporosis due to high dose cancer treatments a few years ago. I’m researching the best supplements and diet plans to help my condition. It seems like so many drinks are on the no list, No Soda, no artificially flavored drinks, no alcohol, no fruit juice. Currently my beverage of choice is organic cherry juice mixed with sparkling water, but now it sounds like that is not good either ? I also like calcium fortified organic orange juice. What thirst quenching drinks can I have besides water and tea? And what AlgaeCal pack do you recommend for me?

  210. Megan AlgaeCal

    June 12, 2020 , 8:55 am

    Hi Lucy, glad you reached out!

    A little bit of juice mixed with sparkling water sounds like a great choice! The main concern with juice is having too much sugar, so mixing it with sparkling water helps – just check the label to make sure your sparkling water doesn’t contain phosphoric acid. You can also try flavoring water yourself by adding fresh fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs!

    The main concern with alcohol is excess consumption – in moderation, it can actually be beneficial for health! You can learn more here.

    Some other options you might enjoy include milk and milk alternatives, coconut water, or even a homemade smoothie!

    Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or 1-800-820-0184 with any other questions 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  211. Olga Andreadis

    July 4, 2020 , 3:14 am

    I started the algae cal about 6 mos ago. Just did a dexa scan , happy that my hips increased about 10% in density but my spine decreased about 10%. My L2 and L4 I’m very confused and concerned , what could be going on? Thyroid test was negative. Has anyone encountered this? I walk 4 miles a day, incorporated a trampoline exercise also eat healthy for the most part but will incorporate more fish etc. Would love to know if anyone has this experience. Thank you.

  212. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 7, 2020 , 10:06 am

    Hi Olga,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    We are happy to see that your latest scan does show improvement – this is great news! It is quite common for one area to increase first and another area to follow on a bit later, so please don’t be discouraged by this. Having said that, it is typically the spine that increases first. If your spine is having a harder time increasing bone density, then there may be other factors at play. We highly recommend you to watch the #AskLara video on this topic in AlgaeCal’s Facebook Community – you can join the Community HERE. We will share one of the main takeaways from the video below:

    “If you are losing bone mineral density in your spine, but not your hip and femur, ask your doctor about running the tests needed to determine if you have subclinical hypercortisolism. These may include a low dose dexamethasone test, labs that check your levels of osteocalcin and bone alkaline phosphatase, and a Trabecular Bone Score.

    The good news is that effective treatment of subclinical hypercortisolism can result in rapid recovery of bone health.”

    Hope that helps, Olga! Please don’t hesitate to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you have any questions! ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  213. Teresa

    July 12, 2020 , 6:19 pm

    Maybe PARATHYROID, which is different from THYROID.

  214. Lorrie

    August 30, 2020 , 6:36 pm

    You read a lot about the negative effects of soda, especially colas, but I’m left wondering if that includes seltzer water like La Croix. They don’t list phosphorous as an ingredient and most just say carbonated water and natural flavoring (although some have sodium). I’ve also read that anything with carbonation can be bad for your bones as well as your teeth. Once in awhile, it’s just nice to have something besides water. Can you explain or elaborate on any of this, please?

  215. Blaire AlgaeCal

    September 2, 2020 , 3:51 pm

    Hi Lorrie,

    Thanks for reaching out to us! AlgaeCal’s Bone Health Expert Lara Pizzorno has weighed in on carbonated beverages in our Facebook Community. Here’s what she had to say:

    “It’s not the carbonation — it’s the phosphate additives (and of course, sugar, fake colorings, plastic in the lining of the cans, etc etc etc) that are problematic. Try adding freshly squeezed lime juice and maybe a dash of maple syrup if you need a bit of sweetener to a large GLASS bottle of Pellegrino (empty out about 1/3 of the bottle and refill with lime juice). This will actually cost less, taste a LOT better, and provide you with bioavailable minerals, including calcium!”

    Lorrie, La Croix in particular, has previously stated that there is no phosphoric acid added to their sparkling waters. You can read more here. However, it’s best to contact them directly for the most up to date information.

    Hope that helps! Let us know if you have further questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  216. Nancy

    November 1, 2020 , 11:40 am

    Can AlgaeCal be prescribed by a doctor and therefore covered by insurance?

  217. Megan AlgaeCal

    November 3, 2020 , 11:35 am

    Good question, Nancy!

    Because AlgaeCal is a completely natural product, it’s not usually covered by insurance. In saying that, some customers have had their supplements successfully covered by asking their doctor to write a prescription. We aren’t aware of the exact details but AlgaeCal may be covered by a flexible savings plan. Please contact your insurance company to determine if that’s an option for you.

    Hope that helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  218. Christine

    November 27, 2020 , 3:19 am

    Megan my name is Christine I was told by my Doctor to eat a low carb diet I just need some Suggestions please

  219. Megan AlgaeCal

    November 27, 2020 , 3:38 pm

    Hi Christine! There are a few recipes on our blog that make low-carb swaps. Feel free to give them a try:

    Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
    Turkey Burgers with Lettuce Buns
    Banana Sandwiches

    Other swaps you can try are zucchini noodles or “zoodles” for spaghetti, eggplant or zucchini instead of lasagna noodles, cauliflower “rice” for rice, and rutabaga for potatoes.

    Hope these suggestions help! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  220. Carel Rowe

    November 30, 2020 , 10:12 pm

    please send me info on success with ‘treating osteoporosis and what to
    take to block the femora for cancer
    I take

  221. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 1, 2020 , 10:15 am

    Hi Carel!

    We have an article on Natural Osteoporosis Treatment here. Feel free to have a read and let us know if you have any questions! With regards to specific medical conditions such as cancer, we recommend consulting your doctor for their best advice.

    If you prefer to reach out to us via telephone, you can give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  222. Jackie Dyson

    December 13, 2020 , 2:05 pm

    I take D3 5000 a day. With the D3 in your product, do I need to stop the D3 5000?

  223. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 15, 2020 , 11:27 am

    Good question, Jackie!

    Vitamin D3 requirements vary greatly from person to person. The best way to know how much you need is to have a blood test done. You can learn more here. ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  224. Betty

    November 13, 2020 , 9:33 am

    So glad I found your website. This information is very helpful.

  225. Lynne Wood

    December 26, 2020 , 8:12 am

    As an Algae Cal user for over five years and a very health-conscious person, I was very disappointed to see this article encourage alcohol use even moderate. For many of us with health challenges we have leaky gut and alcohol is a no-no. I was hoping for a non-alcoholic recommendation. And there are many people in 12 step programs who should not consume alcohol at all and also need an alternative so as to not be afraid of the negatives given in this segment. I am a post menopausal woman with osteoporosis for whom this issue is critical

  226. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 29, 2020 , 2:04 pm

    Hi Lynne, thank you so much for your honest feedback.

    We do apologize for presenting information that could be misconstrued. For people who aren’t able to tolerate alcohol or who don’t enjoy drinking alcohol, we definitely aren’t recommending to start drinking! A non-alcoholic alternative to red wine is red/purple grapes or grape juice! These provide some of the same beneficial compounds found in red wine.

    Hope this helps and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions or comments ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  227. MaryJane

    February 1, 2021 , 8:31 am

    Hello Lynn. The article is for everyone. I’m Happy that red wine was on the list as it provided me with education.

  228. JoAn Marie Huck

    July 12, 2021 , 6:57 am

    No to alcohol, yes to red grapes or grape juice.

  229. Carol

    August 3, 2021 , 10:00 am

    I’ve been constantly tweaking my mostly raw diet over the years as I age and most recently cut out alcohol (just turned 70). I like Kombucha in place of alcohol and also herbal teas that can be taste tested just like wine – smell, look (discovered Blue Pea, gorgeous) & taste! For us elders, no alcohol probably is best.

  230. Chenaz HARVEY

    February 6, 2021 , 6:46 am

    Hello Ms. Algaecal – I have osteopenia – can you guide me to a healthy diet – I am willing to try your product at a later date. The problem is I do NOT need autoshipment monthly

  231. Blaire AlgaeCal

    February 9, 2021 , 2:31 pm

    Thanks for reaching out, Chenaz!

    We have lots of free recipes & nutrition info to help strengthen your bones on our blog!

    Chenaz, we absolutely have options that do not require an automatic shipment! If you’d like details on this, please give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  232. Mischa Craig

    March 31, 2021 , 1:01 pm

    I like to lap swim and one of the ladies on our team reversed her bone loss by swimming. It’s very beneficial. You should do it!

  233. Mary V Haynes

    March 16, 2021 , 11:00 am

    I’ve been toasting raw oatmeal and eating it with almond milk and berries, and I need to know if it’s okay to eat. I’ve been reading about AGEs, and it appears to NOT be okay. Thanks for your response.

  234. Megan AlgaeCal

    March 17, 2021 , 9:58 am

    Hi Mary!

    To reduce AGE formation, you can watch the oatmeal closely to make sure it doesn’t get charred or burnt. One thing you can consider is alternating between toasted oatmeal and oatmeal prepared regularly on the stovetop.

    Hope this helps! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  235. Florence vrablic

    April 1, 2021 , 10:12 am

    I am in remission from leukemia. Cmml. I was on corticosteroids for over 1 year. Still taking 6 mil grams. I have graft versus host disease. I now have corticosteroids induced back fractures. I had bone shot. Good for year and I take other bone shots daily. for years,I take calcium and D3. I go to Dana farber. Cancer center. I’d have to talk over with Dr, but do you think algae cal would benefit…I still experience pain in lower back. The were going to do kyphoplasty in lumbar, but said now they won’t do it unless I am in severe pain. Pain now is lower back. Can’t stand to long, walking is. Painful for long walk. Getting bone density. Scan next month. Any suggestion you have for me. Greatly appreciated. Thank. Flo

  236. Blaire AlgaeCal

    April 2, 2021 , 6:46 am

    Hi Flo,

    Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story! We’re so sorry to hear about the pain you’re experiencing.

    Flo, AlgaeCal is a complete bone health supplement that’s clinically supported to increase bone density and we recommend it as part of every bone health regimen. That said, we suggest speaking to your doctor about changes to your medication and supplement intake. We have an excellent information sheet you can share with your doctor here.

    Hope that helps! Please don’t hesitate to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you have any questions. ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  237. Sue

    April 10, 2021 , 9:42 am

    I have seen concerns about the stronium causing hair loss, yet when a few people asked about it you kind of answered their other concerns and skipped over the hair loss question. I have fine, thin hair and am concerned about taking the stronium boost if it is going to cause hair loss. Is hair loss a side effect?

  238. Megan AlgaeCal

    April 14, 2021 , 8:55 am

    Hi Sue, thanks for reaching out!

    We checked in with Bone Health Expert Lara Pizzorno. She assures that excessive hair loss has never been reported in more than 100 years of medical research on natural forms of strontium (such as the strontium citrate in Strontium Boost). In saying this, we understand that everyone is different with individual sensitivities. If you tend to be more sensitive to new supplements, we recommend a slow introduction. For example, start with 1-2 capsules of AlgaeCal for a few days then slowly increase to the recommended 4 capsules a day. Then add 1 capsule of Strontium Boost for a few days before taking the recommended 2 capsules. This way you’ll give time for your body to adjust to these new supplements!

    Hope this helps, Sue! If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  239. Johnelle

    May 22, 2021 , 6:53 am

    I have been taking strontium faithfully for years, and my hair is still very thick at age 71. I was diagnosed with early osteopenia years ago, and after introducing strontium I do not have any further progression of the osteopenia.

  240. sandra espejo-saavedra

    April 15, 2021 , 6:18 am

    Re: comment about the effect of taking fish oil supplements and experiencing joint pain as a result. I have been taking glucosamine Chondroitin supplements for joint pain during the past ten years without any problems. I added a fish oil supplement to my list and after two days it stopped all the beneficial effects of the glucosamine. I was having joint pain all over my body. I discontinued the fish oil and the joint symptoms stopped. Could be a connection with some people?

  241. Cathy Mckinney

    April 26, 2021 , 8:53 am

    I agree I can’t eat slot of food or drink
    No fair at all

  242. Lourdy L

    May 2, 2021 , 12:17 am

    Hi, my morning breakfast i took oatmeal and add grenola i sprinkle one spoone chia dry seeds on it instead of flaxseed, and also can i drink tea or coffee. I try to avoid meat can i eat sardines you said white rice not good what about lentil pasta , veggies pasta. Can i drink fresh juice like beets ,carrots

  243. Lourdy

    May 2, 2021 , 12:22 am

    Hi, my morning breakfast i took oatmeal and add grenola i sprinkle one spoone chia dry seeds on it instead of flaxseed, and also can i drink tea or coffee. I try to avoid meat can i eat sardines you said white rice not good what about lentil pasta , veggies pasta. Can i drink fresh juice like beets ,carrots

  244. susan morales

    May 4, 2021 , 8:42 pm

    excellent article!

  245. Sue

    May 2, 2021 , 7:46 pm

    I have been on a raw vegan, organic diet for about 20 years for a genic liver issue, so so glad to learn that it is also good for my osteoporosis.

  246. Nancy Baker

    May 20, 2021 , 3:45 pm

    Please! Any studies which show algae cal with bone drugs? Or any other prescription medications to be considered with algae cal?

  247. Blaire AlgaeCal

    May 21, 2021 , 3:05 pm

    Hi Nancy,

    Thanks so much for reaching out!

    We don’t have any studies with AlgaeCal and bones drugs currently. AlgaeCal is a complete bone health supplement that’s clinically supported to increase bone density and we recommend it as part of every bone health regimen. That said, we suggest speaking to your doctor about changes to your medication and supplement intake. We have an excellent information sheet you can share with your doctor here.

    Hope that helps! Feel free to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 if you have further questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  248. Annie Joyner

    September 8, 2021 , 4:45 pm

    What medications that you should not take with Alga Cal?

  249. Ishneet AlgaeCal

    September 16, 2021 , 11:33 am

    Hi Annie!

    Thanks for reaching out! We recommend checking in with your doctor to see if AlgaeCal is appropriate for you. We have an excellent information sheet you can share with your doctor here. In saying that, feel free to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) 5am – 4pm PST for general guidelines about AlgaeCal and medications. They are super knowledgeable on this and can work with you in creating a personalized schedule. 🙂

    -Ishneet @ AlgaeCal

  250. Frank

    June 8, 2021 , 8:05 am

    Thanks for the article … very informative. I was wondering about phytic acid as I was reading that it interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium amongst other things that are obviously important for bone density. With the general recommendation of generous amounts of vegetables and legumes in the diet (many high in phytic acid) and with many of us focusing more on plant based diets, I was wondering if this causes any issues with absorption of those important minerals. Should I be concerned with taking AlgaeCal at the same time as say a meal including legumes or other vegetables that are high in phytic acid? Does it impact effectiveness of the supplement or the amount of absorption or is the effect minimal? Any thoughts?

  251. Blaire AlgaeCal

    June 8, 2021 , 10:44 am

    We’re so glad you enjoyed the article, Frank!

    That’s a great question. You can certainly take AlgaeCal with foods that contain phytic acid. Even though the phytate found in plant foods may very slightly impair calcium absorption, diets high in phytate are not associated with loss of bone density. In fact, the opposite is true—diets high in phytate are associated with improvements in BMD. The key issue is whether you are producing stomach acid, which we have to have to digest our food and release and solubilize minerals, so they can be absorbed — hence why it’s important to eat when taking AlgaeCal!

    Hope that helps, Frank! Let us know if you have further questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  252. Delcine Thompson

    June 26, 2021 , 8:25 pm

    Foods to avoid osteoporosis?

  253. Susan Rollinson

    June 15, 2021 , 4:48 pm

    This article is very good and I enjoyed reading it but what can I eat To improve my bone density. Thank you

  254. Megan AlgaeCal

    June 21, 2021 , 3:10 pm

    Hi Susan, great question!

    Here’s our article on Top Foods to Eat for Osteoporosis. Feel free to also check out the recipes on our blog here.

    Hope this helps 😀

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  255. Maxine Clint

    June 26, 2021 , 7:47 am

    I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Can I eat potatoes?

  256. Blaire AlgaeCal

    June 30, 2021 , 1:57 pm

    Thanks for reaching out, Maxine! Potatoes can certainly be a great addition to a healthy diet — they provide bone-healthy minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. That said, it’s always a good idea to speak with a dietitian to determine your specific dietary needs. Hope that helps! 🙂

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  257. Joyce

    July 3, 2021 , 9:50 pm

    What is the safest oil to use when occasionally , I do use it ?
    Thank you

  258. Megan AlgaeCal

    July 6, 2021 , 8:24 am

    Hi Joyce!

    Olive, flax, and avocado oil are some good options 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  259. Ellen

    July 6, 2021 , 2:27 pm

    I believe coconut oil is now acceptable. They know now that neither cholesterol or saturated fats cause heart disease. It is inflammatory foods that cause heart disease.

  260. marty grist

    July 8, 2021 , 7:49 am

    I adhere to these recommendations and have for years. I still have osteoporosis. I suspect hormone imbalance from what I’ve read. Comments?

  261. Megan AlgaeCal

    July 8, 2021 , 8:52 am

    Hi Marty,

    Hormone imbalances are definitely a possibility. You may be interested in our article on common causes of bone loss here.

    Any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). We’re available 6am-4pm PST, every day of the week 🙂

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  262. Carol

    August 3, 2021 , 9:50 am

    The article doesn’t mention the benefits of exercise, since it’s about diet. I’ve had the mantra – use it or lose it, when it comes to bone health – even walking (good pace at least a mile) has been found to be good. I do upper body exercise while walking too (when no one is around).

  263. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 4, 2021 , 9:10 am

    Absolutely, Carol!

    Exercise is so important to maintaining healthy bones. If you’re interested, check out our exercise blog here.

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  264. Karen Martell

    July 31, 2021 , 7:41 am

    Hi great article..I am 64 115 lbs 5ft 5in and have been struggling w IBS since I was 12..I have found I dont digest green leafy veggies.. I have recently been dxd w severe osteoporosis and I’m having trouble navigating thru the flood of Google info.. is there one outlet you would suggest.. any directive here would be most helpful…thanks karen( not like the meme) lol. Ps is potato bread bad for this condition..

  265. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 4, 2021 , 8:49 am

    Hi Karen, so glad you reached out!

    Our blog is filled with science-backed information relating to all things bone health – ranging from nutrition articles and recipes to exercise routines. You can explore the rest of our blog here. If you’re interested, you can also learn about our completely natural & clinically supported approach to stronger bones here. Potato bread is okay to eat!

    Any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] or 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) ?

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  266. Jane Davis

    August 2, 2021 , 5:11 pm

    I have religiously been taking Algae Cal and Strontium from you for 5 months. At 6 months when done I will have a bone scan. I also heard that Omega 3 has a product called DHA or EPA that is not good for you. Can you explain this. So I have stopped taking Omega 3 Phospholipids.

  267. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 4, 2021 , 9:09 am

    Hi Jane!

    The research we’ve looked at shows that EPA and DHA omega 3s are beneficial for health, including for osteoporosis! You can read more about this here.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). 😀

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  268. Carol

    August 3, 2021 , 10:14 am

    Thank you for this article! I’ve been very aware of how important diet is to health especially after I began (in my 50s) to do long distance competitive running. I tweak my diet and supplements every few years and have been on mostly raw, pescatarian diet for over 30 years. I was diagnosed with osteopenia and encouraged to get an “injection”. I’m skeptical of medical profession especially when they default to “medication” for what seems like a dietary solution, so I rejected that shot. My naturopath (I use for diet & supplement advice) suggested strontium so appreciate your article and look forward to my next exam.

  269. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 4, 2021 , 9:24 am

    Glad you enjoyed the article, Carol, and thanks for sharing a bit about yourself!

    It is truly inspiring to hear that you started competitive running in your 50s. Keep up the great work staying active and eating a healthy diet 😀

    If you’re interested in learning more about our natural approach to stronger bones, check out our page here. Our approach is clinically supported AND guaranteed. If you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) or send an email to [email protected] ❤️

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  270. Dee Graf

    August 30, 2021 , 8:27 am

    Is it possible to treat osteoporosis without vitamin K?

  271. Ishneet AlgaeCal

    September 3, 2021 , 3:19 pm

    Hi Dee,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    Vitamin K2 plays a very essential role in calcium absorption as it helps transport calcium where it needs to go… directly into your bones!! AlgaeCal Plus, our complete bone building formulation, contains this important vitamin for bone health. You can learn more about the benefits of vitamin K2 here

    Let us know if you have any questions!

    -Ishneet @ AlgaeCal

  272. Mary Lou

    September 23, 2021 , 3:45 pm

    I am 73 and considering braces to correct misalignment of teeth. I was told that I could not take any meds for osteoporosis while teeth are being straightened. What about your product?

  273. Kirby Johnson

    September 27, 2021 , 3:44 pm

    Mary Lou,

    Great question, thank you so much for reaching out. AlgaeCal is a natural calcium supplement – while it is clinically supported to increase bone density, it is not considered a medication for osteoporosis. We recommend discussing AlgaeCal with your doctor to confirm that it would be appropriate for you considering your circumstances. Many of our customers find it helpful to share this informational sheet when having that conversation:


    If your doctor has any questions, we’d encourage them to get in touch with our Health Care Practitioner Department:

    Toll-free number: 1 (844) 618-1700
    Email: [email protected]

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out if any additional questions come up! We are always happy to offer continued support to those who are on their bone-health journey!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  274. Bonnie Green

    September 26, 2021 , 3:17 pm

    I want to start over!! I have a multiple Sclerosis the fatigue has altered me and the will power I once had.
    I want to somehow push past the fatigue and regain ME.
    I WANT TO BE THD LADY WITH MS that set an example for others. I am 71 years old. Where do I begin?

  275. Kirby Johnson

    September 28, 2021 , 1:59 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    Your determination is an absolute inspiration to us. Thank you so much for all your positivity and desire to be an example for others. A great place to start is by meeting with a functional medicine doctor or naturopath to determine the most appropriate path forward given your circumstances. You can search for these specialists in your area using the following tools here and here. Please let us know if you’d like any additional information!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  276. Robin

    December 9, 2021 , 7:32 pm

    Hi, i have hyperparathyroid/s and havent been treated because when i go gave test before a surgery they come out normal. Done this twice now. Im not supposed to have calcium, but im dont concern myself with that, i eat what i want. Anywho, i believe coz im not to have calcium is the reason i have osteoporosis. Is this true? And im taking a med once a week for my osteo, would it still b ok to take algaecal?

  277. Kirby Johnson

    December 13, 2021 , 11:54 am

    Hi Robin,

    Thank you so much for reaching out with your question. If hyperparathyroidism is a concern, we recommend checking with your doctor to see if AlgaeCal is appropriate for you at this time. We have a printable information sheet you can share with them HERE. We encourage you to work with your doctor to address your parathyroid health, as resolving underlying issues will prevent calcium from being leached from your bones. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any further questions!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  278. june

    January 12, 2022 , 12:44 pm

    my doc ordered that I take bone medications for my osteoporosis. can i also take algaecal? thanks!

  279. Kirby Johnson

    January 13, 2022 , 10:42 am

    Hi June,

    AlgaeCal will not interfere with your bone medication – you’d be welcome to take our supplements concurrently. While AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost alone are clinically supported to increase bone mineral density, many of our customers have been able to see increases even while taking other medications. Please feel free to reach out with any further questions!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  280. Nancy

    January 18, 2022 , 9:47 am

    I’m almost 83 yrs old and I’m at the point where I’m going to eat exactly what I WANT. Eat a good enough meal – not overweight – limited Meat, but beyond that, just eat what I want. Have NO wrinkles and feel GREAT.

  281. Virginia Inocencio

    January 24, 2022 , 6:15 pm

    i’m taking algeacal plus and strontium boost at bedtime and also taking probiotic culturelle at 6 pm is that enough spacing of medication? I also have hyperacidity and taking GOLI brand apple cider vinegar gummies in the morning since i stop my prilosec , which actually help me in that area. Is collagen peptide ok since i notice that my hair is thinning. I’m not sure if all this supplement is ok with my algaecal plus and the strontium boost. thanks

  282. Ann

    January 26, 2022 , 12:25 pm

    My DEXA scan total is -2.7 (2022) – it was -2.6 (2020). Doctor prescribed bone medication. I would like to try a more natural approach to increasing bone density or at least arresting bone loss. Is there any reason that I can’t take my bone meds AND AlgaeCal together ? Please advise. Thanks.

  283. Kirby Johnson

    January 28, 2022 , 2:46 pm


    We absolutely understand your desire to find a natural approach to bone health. AlgaeCal will not interfere with your bone medication – you’d be welcome to take our supplements concurrently. While AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost alone are clinically supported to increase bone mineral density, many of our customers have been able to see increases even while taking other medications. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns! You can reach our Bone Health Consultants over the phone at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). You can always leave a voicemail if we’re out of the office. Hope to hear from you soon!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  284. Lisa

    May 10, 2022 , 10:47 am

    Crazy to believe that a supplement could stop bone loss, but I finally got a DEXA scan that showed no additional bone loss. I have been taking Algaecal for 2 years now and I think I will make sure I add the Strontium supplement too. My doctor expected to tell me that I had lost additional bone mass, but he said. “Wow, no change in bone loss,”. He attributes it to bone meds, my once a month tablet, which he prescribed. Ha. I have had Drs put me on and off bone medications since I was in my late 30s. This is the ONLY time I have not seen a loss of bone density from a DEXA scan of my thigh. I DO follow the above mentioned food recommendations for Rhuemotoid Arthritis, but did not know it is also helping my bones.

  285. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 10:57 am


    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story – we couldn’t be happier with the results you’ve seen in two short years! When you’re ready to add Strontium Boost to your bone-health regimen, please be sure to connect with our Bone Health Consultants by calling us at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). Our Bone Builder Pack is clinically supported and guaranteed to increase bone density, or we’ll refund you for every dollar you spent between DEXA scans. You’re doing tremendous work for your bones and we’re looking forward to seeing the kinds of increases those in our clinical studies experienced.

    For more information on arthritis, you might find our detailed blog article HERE to be insightful!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  286. Joy Noel

    May 6, 2022 , 8:09 pm

    The legumes were a shocker but the other 7 restrictions will improve overall nutrition!

  287. Hollydog2

    May 10, 2022 , 8:30 am

    I was surprised about legumes too. However, presumably if we use dried ones they will have been soaked anyway? What about green veg like kale, do they contain it also?

  288. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 12:45 pm


    You’ll likely be pleased to hear that the presence of phytic acid is generally restricted to whole grains, seeds, legumes, and a variety of nuts. However, leafy greens such as kale and spinach come with their own bone-health concerns – you can read more on our blog HERE.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  289. Eileen

    May 7, 2022 , 8:47 pm

    Another great article. I’m definitely going to have to switch to organic until my garden gets growing.

  290. Eliana

    May 8, 2022 , 9:33 am

    The only one that applies to me is # 6, as I’m already doing everything else, so I’ll be soaking my lentils in lemon water from now on!

  291. Kirby Johnson

    May 9, 2022 , 6:08 pm


    Every little bit helps! Great work on all you’re doing to naturally support your bone health <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  292. Jill Glaser

    May 10, 2022 , 3:46 am

    The alcohol part is tricky. I think it’s best not to drink at all because of all the health problems it causes. But there are so many articles regarding the benefits of moderate drinking. Which is very hard for many to accomplish. . Is there any information regarding grape juice as an effective replacement for alcohol?

  293. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 10:16 am


    A wonderful question – we can certainly appreciate that drinking wine isn’t always the best option for everyone. There is limited research that suggests red and purple grape juices may provide some of the same benefits of red wine; the substances shown to provide many of red wine’s benefits (resveratrol and flavonoids) are also present in grape juice. If you do choose to drink a glass of grape juice on a regular basis, it’ll be important to find an organic grape juice which doesn’t have any added sugars, ingredients, or preservatives. Keep in mind that it’s also beneficial (and perhaps preferred) to eat whole grapes — whole grapes deliver the same amount of antioxidants that are in grape juice, but also have the added benefit of dietary fiber!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  294. Amy

    May 8, 2022 , 1:55 pm

    Legumes were a surprise for sure, but the soaking tip is helpful as my son is vegetarian. I would never think to add acid to the soaking beans though. How much acid should you add? Does it change the flavor?
    Also…what about MCT oils? It’s all the rage and I add 1T to my coffee instead of half and half. Is MCT oil a good fat to consume daily? I thought it was an anti-inflammatory.

  295. Kirby Johnson

    May 9, 2022 , 9:59 pm


    Thanks so much for your comment. If you’re at all concerned about a change in flavor, you can always buy sprouted, organic beans which already have a reduced phytic acid content. We’ve found that soaking in lemon juice or vinegar is the best method and certainly feels more natural than soaking legumes in “acid.” If you’ve been having success taking MCT oil, we’d certainly encourage you to continue doing so! As with any fat or oil, moderation is the preferable practice and we’d recommend discussing recommended intake levels/benefits further with your nutritionist; preliminary evidence suggests that organic MCT oil may help regulate inflammatory markers as you’ve eluded to. Depending on your health history and dietary restrictions, it may well be a better choice than half and half.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  296. Ellen

    May 9, 2022 , 8:01 pm

    I will definitely miss charred foods but I will try!

  297. Nancy Laffitte

    May 9, 2022 , 8:02 pm

    I exercise and eat a healthy diet. I do have a sweet tooth but try to limit sweets to special occasions. I was surprised about legumes but I always soak them. Thanks for the valuable information!

  298. Robin

    May 9, 2022 , 8:10 pm

    Wow..I certainly didn’t realize there would be a food list of things to avoid. I make sure I always buy organic so I should be ok.
    I hope

  299. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 7:04 pm


    Organic is absolutely the way to go <3 To further support you, we certainly hope you'll take advantage of all the free resources on our blog HERE. Plus, our Bone Health Consultants are always available if you have any questions!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  300. Nancy C

    May 9, 2022 , 8:59 pm

    I feel like I can combat everything, except for the “low estrogen,” as I’m post-menopausal and can not take BHRT due to cancer risk.

  301. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 7:31 pm


    There’s no denying that menopause can be a major contributing factor to accelerated bone loss. It seems you’ve got the right mindset of focusing on what you can control; keep up all your fantastic work! Aside from taking advantage of all the free resources available on our BLOG, we’re pleased to share that AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost are clinically supported and guaranteed to increase bone mineral density, regardless of circumstances. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions along your bone-health journey! We are always available online or over the phone 7 days a week at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  302. Lorraine Webster

    May 9, 2022 , 9:38 pm

    Excellent information. My mother reached 103 without ever taking any sort of pills, just good home grown food, plenty of exercise, no alcohol or cigarettes and did not stress over things she had no control of. She left all the worries for God to handle ! She died sound of mind.

  303. Beverly

    May 9, 2022 , 9:53 pm

    Wow! So much great information…Thank you. I had no idea about charred food..alas. Keep up the good work!

  304. Susanne Corning

    May 9, 2022 , 9:59 pm

    I was really surprised by the article about nonorganic fruits and vegetables’ effect on bone health. I eat nonorganic grapes daily. However, I wash them in soapy water and rinse them before eating. How much effect does washing and rinsing nonorganic fruits have? I have had osteoporotic fractures (vertebrae) in the past, but no new fractures since beginning daily algaecal capsules.

  305. Chelsea Dugas

    May 11, 2022 , 6:46 am

    Hi Susanne!
    The FDA states that soaps, detergents, or commercial produce washes are not proven to remove pesticide residue entirely. However, washing them definitely reduces the pesticide load, as well as dirt and germs. Some consumer lab reports have now shown that a more effective (and healthier!) way of washing produce is with a baking soda soak! A suggestion would be to place your produce in about one teaspoon of baking soda to two cups of water for a few minutes. Hope this helps and we’re thrilled to hear that you have seen no new fractures since using AlgaeCal! Please feel free to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184, seven days a week, if you have any more questions. We’re here to support you!
    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  306. Jenny deBeer Charno

    May 9, 2022 , 10:06 pm

    I wonder if this means you should throw away the soaking water before cooking? And what about canned legumes?

  307. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 7:35 pm


    Fabulous questions! We would recommend disposing of the water used to soak your legumes. And this positive effect would likely not be seen if used on canned legumes, so feel free to skip this soaking process if you’re cooking with canned legumes! For more information on nutrition and bone health, you’re certainly welcome to explore our blog further HERE.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  308. Niki H

    May 9, 2022 , 10:12 pm

    This is the most helpful and informative post I have read on nutrition and osteoporosis. I shall start following the recommendations tomorrow. Thank you!

  309. Sherry Harrison

    May 9, 2022 , 10:14 pm

    Learning new info from your articles. Is there an oil that has omega-3 instead of omega 6? I’m assuming olive oil has more 3. What about sesame seed oil?

  310. Maureen

    May 9, 2022 , 10:19 pm

    I will definitely try to eat more organic fruit and vegetables, even though they are usually more expensive. Also will try avocado oil instead of canola oil. I use olive oil for cooking. Interesting article:

  311. Julie Arneson

    May 9, 2022 , 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the reminder about how harmful sugar is and how important organic is.

  312. Susan Jones

    May 9, 2022 , 11:05 pm

    Grilled foods was a surprise to me.

  313. Virginia A. Tullius

    May 9, 2022 , 11:06 pm

    I’m not sure whether this was addressed in any of the comments, so here’s my question: I’ve heard that if you can’t get organic, it is good to soak fruit/veg. in water with a few squirts of vinegar. Is that true? And another question I have i: Is it unhealthy to reuse bacon grease to saute vegetables?

  314. Chelsea Dugas

    May 11, 2022 , 6:55 am

    Hi there, Virginia!
    There is some evidence that suggests vinegar can help reduce the pesticide load, as well as dirt and germs. Some reports also suggest that baking soda in water is highly effective!
    As for reusing bacon grease – if it is kept in the fridge, and all solids or bits of bacon are removed from it, it can be preserved for several months. Hope this helps! If you’re interested in some great, bone-friendly recipes, be sure to check out our blog HERE for some healthy ideas!
    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  315. Ann

    May 9, 2022 , 11:07 pm

    Thank you for this good information on the foods to avoid. What to add to legumes is helpful too.

  316. Jill R

    May 9, 2022 , 11:12 pm

    Wonder how much food, exercise, sleep and supplements individually contribute to bone health. Or what is the order of importance?

  317. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 2:30 pm


    While it might not be the answer you were hoping for, the reality is that they’re all important! Maintaining the equilibrium of each of these is key to maintaining bone health and increasing bone density. For more information on lifestyle and nutrition, you can always explore our BLOG so you can continue to naturally support your bone health.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  318. Lorraine

    May 9, 2022 , 11:12 pm

    Interesting article. I found the information about legumes the most useful for me.

  319. Carol Kuehner

    May 9, 2022 , 11:24 pm

    So glad I stopped drinking sodas many years ago but I really like burnt foods. I’m trying to cut back on that.

  320. Linda

    May 9, 2022 , 11:31 pm

    Very extensive list of foods to avoid. I am learning what to eat to promote bone health.
    I have been taking Algae Cal Plus and Strontium Boost.
    My next BDT will be in September 2022.

  321. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 2:27 pm


    We can’t wait to see the results of all your efforts in September! Please be sure to reach out to schedule a DEXA review with one of our Bone Health Consultants after receiving your results – you can email them to us at [email protected] and we’d be happy to walk through the numbers with you <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  322. Lou Annette Holden

    May 9, 2022 , 11:45 pm

    I didn’t realize there were so many foods that can make osteoporosis worse. A diet change is certainly in order.

  323. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 1:27 pm

    Lou Annette,

    Making sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle are certainly tall orders. We hope you’ll take advantage of all the free resources available on our blog HERE.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  324. Frances Misquitta

    May 9, 2022 , 11:48 pm

    Wow, thanks for the information on legumes!

  325. Jodi

    May 10, 2022 , 12:14 am

    I did not know to avoid legumes. I learned something new. Thanks for the info!

  326. Vicki Brimer

    May 10, 2022 , 12:48 am

    Love all this great information! Have been taking AlgaeCal Plus for over two years. Now I need to become more vigilant on excluding all the foods that contribute to inflammation.

  327. Peggy t

    May 10, 2022 , 12:50 am

    Amazing information.Sad to hear about the Legumes thought 😔

  328. Jeanine

    May 10, 2022 , 12:52 am

    Very interesting read. I knew some of the foods to avoid but not everything on this list. I will start by buying more organic foods as that list had a lot of my favorites.

  329. Karla Ducote

    May 10, 2022 , 12:56 am

    Great article on foods that can affect osteoporosis! It’s so nice that all of this information is in one article! I was familiar with most of the recommendations, but definitely didn’t know about having 1-3 alcoholic drinks per week possibly being beneficial. I haven’t drank any alcohol in years, and prefer not to unless it would be helpful! Thank you!

  330. Lorie V.

    May 10, 2022 , 1:00 am

    I wish more people knew this information! Diet DOES make a difference.

  331. Jeanne Snawerdt

    May 10, 2022 , 1:29 am

    Yes, the legume soaking with vinegar or lemon juice surprised me, but it’s an easy thing to do. How much acidity do you need to do this? Thank you!

  332. Chelsea Dugas

    May 11, 2022 , 7:35 am

    Good question, Jeanne!
    It seems the basic rule of thumb is approximately one teaspoon of acid (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, etc.) to one cup of filtered water. Hope this helps!
    – Chelsea @AlgaeCal

  333. Laura Farrell

    May 10, 2022 , 1:42 am

    I was really surprised to see legumes on the list. Good to know. Great info. Thanks Algaecal!

  334. Kathy Eberline

    May 10, 2022 , 1:45 am

    I do try to eat healthy but there is always room for improvement.

  335. Sylvia Mary Grech

    May 10, 2022 , 1:51 am

    Luckily, I eat very healthy and don’t consume most of the items listed but I’m in constant battle with sugar. I like my treats! I do have monk fruit sugar at home and have started buying organic chocolate bars sweetened with stevia. And when I bake, I always substitute sugar for monk fruit and choose healthy recipes. For beans, are canned beans ok or they have high phytic acid too?

  336. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 11:11 am


    It’s all the small changes that add up – great work with all you’ve done to limit your intake of sugar! There is limited evidence that canned beans have lower phytate levels than dried, un-soaked beans, suggesting that the canning process is effective in reducing anti-nutrients. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  337. Susan Burke

    May 10, 2022 , 1:52 am

    I was surprised to see salt and legumes on this list. This article has convinced me to go organic as much as possible! And I’m glad to see my one glass of wine on the week-end is ok!

  338. Mary Burris

    May 10, 2022 , 1:54 am

    Not only was I surprised by the legumes but also by the charred and burnt foods. Had no idea. Very interesting article. Thanks.

  339. Brenda Weigle

    May 10, 2022 , 1:57 am

    Grilled food surprised me! I knew the other food offenders!

  340. Phyllis Rabin

    May 10, 2022 , 1:59 am

    I have hypothyroidism. Any suggestions? I have been on AlgaeCal for a few years but have gone from -2.6 to -2.7 in 3 years.

  341. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 12:07 pm


    We’re so sorry you haven’t been able to see the kinds of increases seen in our clinical studies. If you’re currently taking a thyroid medications, we recommend separating your thyroid medication by at least 4 hours from when you take AlgaeCal or Strontium Boost. This practice of separation will ensure optimal absorption of all the bone-essential nutrients contained in AlgaeCal. For further steps you can take to ensure your success, please reach out to connect with one of our Bone Health Consultants by calling 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  342. Cherry

    May 10, 2022 , 2:05 am

    Legumes? I had no idea. And the impact of salt…I thought it was more about heart health. Sugar. Yes. Colas I get that. Alcohol may be tasty but not worth losing bone density. Thanks for another great source of information.

  343. Connie Finley

    May 10, 2022 , 2:07 am

    Now that I’m aware of certain foods that are best to avoid, I will make an effort to change my grocery shopping! I try buying organic when possible, but it is more expensive. After reading this article, I will try to buy more organic vegetables and fruits. I would rather spend the money on me and feel better, than at the doctor’s office feeling poorly.

  344. Rena Dortch

    May 10, 2022 , 2:10 am

    I found it very interesting about the legumes. I thought you just needed to soak them and change the water several times. I will have to add some apple cider vinegar to them.

  345. Gigikat10

    May 10, 2022 , 2:11 am

    I thought I was up on nutrition and health ! But I was only aware of one or two of these bad list foods for osteoporosis. Very enlightening!

  346. Omattie

    May 10, 2022 , 2:11 am

    Wow. Thanks for the information. I will be very careful with what I eat more now.

  347. Kay Lukken

    May 10, 2022 , 2:16 am

    Another interesting article. Thanks for all the good info. I’m working hard to cut as much sugar out of my diet as I can.

  348. Deborah Bohr

    May 10, 2022 , 2:21 am

    Surprised about the legumes. And I really hate to see the 12 items in the fruits that should be avoided.

  349. Susan Janelle

    May 10, 2022 , 2:21 am

    I’m glad I’ve only purchased organic produce for many years, knowing it is worth the extra cost. My big question is lemon, and the body’s pH balance. I had a “nutritionist” tell me that osteoporosis had to come from being acidic, and so the body compensates by taking bone to alkalize the pH. So what caused acidity, I wonder? (if that is true). I did use to drink two big cups of hot lemon water upon rising. Had been told it was a very healthy thing to do, and the acidic lemon turns to alkaline, so no worries. But now I wonder how healthy that can be if it’s robbing the bones to alkalinize?? Do you agree with this theory? Thank so much, AlgaeCal is truly helping people and that’s a wonderful thing!!!!

  350. Kirby Johnson

    May 13, 2022 , 10:48 am


    The question you’ve brought up isn’t an uncommon inquiry! Thanks so much for reaching out <3 We tend to agree with your original thought that once lemon water is ingested it becomes alkaline without any negative impact on your bone health. We would absolutely encourage you to continue to enjoy your hot lemon water!

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  351. Ora-Lea

    May 10, 2022 , 2:36 am

    Thanks for the information of the foods to avoid. Eating well has been a challenge with food allergies.

  352. Janet Larson

    May 10, 2022 , 2:37 am

    Interesting list of 8 foods to avoid
    I have 2 that I will focus on.

  353. Carolyn J Eveleigh

    May 10, 2022 , 2:39 am

    this was really an eye opener…i have to make changes

  354. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 4:13 pm


    We’re always here to support you! Many of the resources on our blog revolve around inspiration and methods to make sustainable changes so you can naturally support your bone health – you can get started HERE. And you can always connect with a Bone Health Consultant to discuss all the options available to you! Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free).

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  355. zumkauf

    May 10, 2022 , 2:50 am

    I knew about most of the foods but legumes was a surprise. Does pressure cooking beans do the same as soaking in an acid?

  356. Kirby Johnson

    May 13, 2022 , 7:26 am


    While there is limited research showing that pressure cooking legumes may reduce the presence of anti-nutrients such as phytic acid, we recommend discussing the most appropriate method for your circumstances with your nutritionist. Hope this information helps!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  357. smichna

    May 10, 2022 , 2:55 am

    I’m shocked how much damage sugar does to bone. Also surprised by the need to soak legumes. very informative article

  358. Linda

    May 10, 2022 , 2:56 am

    I am already doing most of these things but I did not know about soaking legumes inm lemon or vinegar water. I will definitely do this from now on.

  359. Patti Goewey

    May 10, 2022 , 2:57 am

    I am surprised with the legumes on the list. It talks about sproutes beans having half the phlates. Does that include yellow dahl be in that category and would you still add a bit of vinegar?

  360. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 3:58 pm


    Great question! Lentils (such as yellow dal) are considered part of the legume family – buying sprouted dal, sprouting them yourself, or soaking them in lemon juice/vinegar will help limit your intake of phytic acid.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  361. Sailing Soohoo

    May 10, 2022 , 3:21 am

    I learned a lot from this article.
    I was really surprised about legumes effects on bone’s health, thanks for the tips of soaking them in lemon juice or vinegar.

  362. Linda Erickson

    May 10, 2022 , 3:21 am

    Trying to eat healthy, but struggling because prescription meds decrease appetite. Can I drink Boost or Ensure to suppliment while on Algecal Plus?

  363. Kirby Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 4:07 pm


    In some cases, such drinks may be rich in calcium and would require at least a 2 hour separation from our supplements. Otherwise, there are no concerns taking such products in regard to interaction with our supplements. You can always discuss this topic further with one of our Bone Health Consultants by calling 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). You can also find a detailed sheet on how to take our supplements HERE. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  364. Janet Kizziar

    May 10, 2022 , 3:28 am

    Particularly liked learning about the foods to avoid and was only shocked by legumes.
    Thanks for this!

  365. Angie C

    May 10, 2022 , 3:37 am

    What we consume really does make a difference in our bone health. Just being aware of what to avoid helps to make good choices. Several of the foods I knew about but legumes was a new one for me. I soak my beans just not with acid. I will be adding that from now on. Each little thing we do can surely help improve our bones.

  366. Mary Ann

    May 10, 2022 , 3:38 am

    Interesting, informative article.

  367. Jensine

    May 10, 2022 , 3:58 am

    I love studying nutrition when it come to increasing bone density. I have a sweet tooth and I need to cut out the sugar. Thanks for providing good information in this article on substitutes for sugar that are bone-building friendly.

  368. Jane Houck

    May 10, 2022 , 4:35 am

    Very thorough and up to date article.

  369. Diana Kendle

    May 10, 2022 , 4:37 am

    I buy organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible, and keep a list of the dirty dozen and “good” ones on my refrigerator.

  370. Diana Kendle

    May 10, 2022 , 4:39 am

    A question I meant to ask is, ” Is Agave syrup healthier than sugar as a sweetener?”

  371. Joni Haug

    May 10, 2022 , 4:39 am

    This article was so enlightening by explaining the mechanisms of these foods in contributing to osteoporosis. I’ve eaten organic and Whole Foods for many, many years but my bone density has steadily dropped and I have osteoporosis. My doc recommended meds, but instead I chose to take the bone builder pack starting about 6 months ago. I’ll do another bone density test in 6 months and if it has improved I’ll be shocked and delighted since I’ve been doing all the recommended things to improve it for years to no avail.
    One thing I didn’t know and this article shed light on was that beans can negatively impact BD. Wow! I’ll be adding lemon juice to the soaking beans from now on. Thanks for the great article! I love your newsletter too!

  372. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 12:52 pm


    We’re so happy to be of service and we’re honored to be supporting you on your bone-health journey <3 Please keep us updated on your progress and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions - we're looking forward to seeing your bone density increases in just a few short months!

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  373. Kelly Miller

    May 10, 2022 , 4:51 am

    I use a vegetable wash to remove pesticides from all my fruits and vegetables. Do pesticides get absorbed into the vegetable or fruit?

  374. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 8:30 am


    Great question. According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), there are a number of pesticides that absorbed inside fruits and vegetables, so washing produce doesn’t necessarily remove all pesticides. Even so, the EWG also states that unwashed produce contains more pesticides than washed produce. So the steps you’re taking are certainly better than not washing the produce at all! No matter if your fruit and veggies are conventionally grown or organic, you should wash them thoroughly. You can find a refresher for how to properly wash your product on our blog HERE.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  375. Susan Gruca

    May 10, 2022 , 5:42 am

    Very enlightening article especially about the legumes and the dirty dozen. Plan on making some changes to my food plan asap.

  376. Pam Yusko

    May 10, 2022 , 5:58 am

    Organic is more expensive but so worth it. Not just for me and my health personally, but it’s better for our earth…our home. The use of pesticides is a huge problem. I want to support organic farmers and hopefully encourage others to follow.

  377. Jeanne Malcuit

    May 10, 2022 , 6:55 am

    Saved the list of which fruits/veggies to buy organic to help cut pesticides out of my diet. I’m so happy that I’ve cut soda out of my diet, as I really never had any idea it was doing so much damage to my bones!! After a cancer diagnosis, I have tried to eat a lot better, so adding more organic is the way to go when possible.

  378. Maria Becker

    May 10, 2022 , 8:23 am

    What is the best diet to both promote bone growth and reduce inflammation?
    I am already on AlgaeCal/Strontium for 3 years. Thanks!

  379. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 9:14 am


    Great work for everything you’re doing to support your bone health! You can find our article detailing the best anti-inflammatory foods HERE and ten unique foods for strong bones HERE. Let us know what you think!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  380. Melanie Carvell

    May 10, 2022 , 8:41 am

    Thank you for the great information! Taking a look at all the llifestyle factors that can influence our bone strength is really important and I got several key takeaways from this article. I am taking Algae Cal and Strontium Boost and hoping for a return to more normal bone density. Thank you for your comprehensive approach to helping us all!

  381. Brid

    May 10, 2022 , 8:46 am

    Great information! Now to find organic spinach!

  382. Marty-Jean

    May 10, 2022 , 9:42 am

    1. I rarely have a Pepsi (my poison of preference!) – maybe once every month or 2.
    2. Not a much of a sweets consumer. Just some homemade ice cream occasionally!
    3. Love my bar-b-q, but only have once every month or 2 also – probably even less.
    4. I use some salt when I cook, but never salt my food at the table.
    5. I use olive oil almost exclusively, so that’s okay.
    6. Legumes – this is one food I rarely eat. (maybe refried beans on Cinco de Maiyo)
    7. Very occasional wine/alcoholic beverage consumer. May have to UP my consumption to hit the sweet spot of 1-3/week.
    8. This one was news to me. With all the hype to “buy organic” I never heard about the heavy metals issue in non-organic foods. Luckily I grow my own tomatoes, and eat fruit infrequently. This one I will work on though, especially with my salad peppers and celery.

  383. Mary Bender

    May 10, 2022 , 10:49 am

    Excellent article.
    Easy to implement these guidelines.

  384. Chiara Perry

    May 10, 2022 , 10:49 am

    Wow, great tips and the legumes surprised me too. I don’t eat them that often, except peanut butter, and I will need to check that one. I love the soaking idea for beans and lentils!
    Salt was also a surprise, does that include pink salt or sea salt. I don’t use the table salt anymore I our home.

    Thank you again!

  385. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 12:26 pm


    Great question about salt – this would also include pink, Himalayan, and sea salt. While these are all better alternatives than traditional table salt, it’s recommended to stick with the 5g (just under a teaspoon) daily salt intake guideline. Hope this answers your question!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  386. Lisa

    May 10, 2022 , 10:59 am

    Great information. I’ve learned a great deal about proper osteoporosis nutrition. Thank you.

  387. Mary C

    May 10, 2022 , 11:05 am

    Excellent article! This breaks things into digestible amounts and f information! I am so thankful for algaecal and it’s staff.

  388. Betty Greene

    May 10, 2022 , 11:17 am

    I wish I had known all this information on Osteoporosis when I was younger. Algae Cal wasn’t around at that time but I try to help others learn about Osteoporosis and Algae Cal. I share my experiences with others in hopes that they will consider using Algae Cal.

  389. Mary Teeuwen

    May 10, 2022 , 11:44 am

    Very interesting – have a question. Do you have to soak legumes in vinegar or lemon juice OR would plain water work as well to eliminate phytic acid. I will research this further. Thank you

  390. Chelsea Dugas

    May 11, 2022 , 1:28 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Water does help but it seems the added acid helps to neutralize the phytic acid and do the same job but in less time (7 hours instead of 12). Hope this helps!

    – Chelsea @ AlgaeCal

  391. Elizabeth Seaman

    May 10, 2022 , 11:53 am

    In reading this article I was very impressed on the detail that was given on the dirty dozen. Every morning we have a protein drink not realizing that some of the vegetables we were using Are on your dirty dozen list, now knowing this we are going to change using different fruits and vegetables in our drink. Thank you so much for making us aware of this.

  392. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 2:50 pm


    Always happy to help 🙂 If you are a fan of smoothies, you might enjoy some recipe inspiration on our blog HERE. Let us know what you think!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  393. Kathi

    May 10, 2022 , 11:57 am

    Is sparkling waters such as La Croix included?

  394. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 9:05 am


    This is a wonderful clarifying question – thank you so much for reaching out. Sparkling waters with natural flavors haven’t been found to contain the inorganic phosphates or mineral phosphorus like those of cola-type drinks. This is because such sparkling waters/seltzers are free from phosphoric acid – though it never hurts to check the ingredients! Carbonated water is made by adding carbon dioxide to water which forms carbonic acid (which makes sparkling drinks slightly more acidic than still water). Unless it’s consumed in extreme amounts, studies show it will not affect your bone health. Hope this information helps!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  395. Kathi

    May 10, 2022 , 11:58 am

    Is sparkling waters such as La Croix included in cola type drinks?

  396. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 8:10 am


    This is a wonderful clarifying question – thank you so much for reaching out. Sparkling waters with natural flavors haven’t been found to contain the inorganic phosphates or mineral phosphorus like those of cola-type drinks. This is because such sparkling waters/seltzers are free from phosphoric acid – though it never hurts to check the ingredients! Carbonated water is made by adding carbon dioxide to water which forms carbonic acid (which makes sparkling drinks slightly more acidic than still water). Unless it’s consumed in extreme amounts, studies show it will not affect your bone health. Hope this information helps!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  397. Debbie Reagin

    May 10, 2022 , 11:59 am

    Legumes?? Who knew??!! I thought I was eating a healthy, vegetarian diet by including lots of legumes! I will definitely need to modify my diet to improve my bone health! I also need to figure out a schedule to take the Strontium Boost I have already ordered… middle of the night seems to be the only time that works… 🙁

  398. Kirby Johnson

    May 11, 2022 , 2:53 pm


    If you’d like any support crafting a customized supplementation and medication schedule, our Bone Health Consultants would be happy to help! Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) for personalized support on your bone-health journey <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  399. Michael Hodes

    May 10, 2022 , 12:02 pm

    Interesting information especially about salt.

  400. Amy B

    May 10, 2022 , 12:07 pm

    It is incredibly helpful to learn what kinds of foods may be contributing to my bone loss. Thank you for this excellent advice.

  401. Jackie G

    May 10, 2022 , 12:09 pm

    Like some of the others in the feed, I am surprised by the legumes. I have been trying more organic foods and limited sugars. I won’t have my next scan for a while. I am hopfull for good results.

  402. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 9:36 am


    Please keep us updated on your progress! After receiving your DEXA results, please reach out to us by calling 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) to schedule a DEXA review with one of our Bone Health Consultants! In the meantime, we certainly hope you’ll take advantage of all the free resources available on our blog HERE. You’ll find delicious recipes, bone-strengthening exercises, and expert advice from industry professionals <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  403. Lynn

    May 10, 2022 , 12:32 pm

    The legumes and phytic acid were new to me, and I’ll have to do a little more research on that. Very informative and a great reminder, which I can always use!!

  404. Roxane Cummings

    May 10, 2022 , 12:38 pm

    I knew about many of these, but the information on legumes was certainly a surprise! Have a pot of bean soaking as I type! Thanks for helping me to be always be in learning mode.

  405. Helen

    May 10, 2022 , 12:39 pm

    I needed to read this today. I had already decided to do a better job of removing sugar and processed foods completely from my diet. For the past year I lowered them and took wheat out but need to do more.

  406. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 9:30 am


    All your efforts and the little changes add up – great work loving your bones! Our library of delicious bone-healthy recipes might prove to be an inspirational resource for you! You can find them for free on our blog HERE <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  407. Donna Benton

    May 10, 2022 , 12:51 pm

    I’m not a vegetarian but usually try to eat one meatless meal per week. I have always soaked legumes in water before cooking, but after reading this article I now know to add some lemon juice or vinegar to the water to help break down physic acid.

  408. Hazel Freedman

    May 10, 2022 , 12:55 pm

    I don’t take dairy so I guess that’s why I have bone problems. I haven’t had a dexa scan in a few years now so perhaps I’ll get one soon. Algiecal seems to have taken away the pain in my hips when I lie on my side in bed for a long time so I’m sure it’s working…but when I look at that list of forbidden stuff I feel great despair…I drink soda water with a slice of lemon but that’s a soda too isn’t it..

  409. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 11:53 am


    No need to throw in the towel just yet! Making sustainable lifestyle changes can absolutely be an intimidating prospect, but our blog is full or delicious recipes and nutritional information to guide you. If your soda water is truly just sparkling water, there’s no need for concern! Carbonated water is simply made by adding carbon dioxide to water which forms carbonic acid (which makes sparkling drinks slightly more acidic than still water). Although, unless it’s consumed in extreme amounts, studies show it will not affect your bone health.

    If your soda water is more like a club soda, these drinks do contain additives which can be harmful to your bones. You can always learn more by reading the nutrition facts or by speaking directly with one of our Bone Health Consultants by calling 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). Hope this helps!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  410. Brenda

    May 10, 2022 , 1:01 pm

    I’ll be soaking beans from now on and look for organic fruit

  411. Antonia Polizzi

    May 10, 2022 , 1:05 pm

    Grilling was a sad wake up, but I’ll remain aware. Legumes, I always soak as that’s how I was taught. Adding vinegar is easy enough. All these years…..I thought beans were so good for me. Now even better!

  412. Clarissa Cartozian

    May 10, 2022 , 1:09 pm

    What a wonderful article! We love to grill out being in Florida so I did take notice of the Charred and Burnt Foods and will monitor intake of AGES. I will remove canola and corn oil from diet and eat more avocados, almonds, and flaxseed. Very informative. Thank you.

  413. Joan Kostera

    May 10, 2022 , 1:22 pm

    How about lime flavored sparkling water with no sugar?
    Is it basically the carbonation that is harmful?

  414. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 11:30 am


    Thank you so much for your question 🙂 Such drinks touting no sugar may also include artificial sweeteners such as sucralose or aspartame. While there is limited research regarding these ingredients, it’s safe to say they aren’t great for your bones. Just be sure to check the ingredients! If your sparkling water is truly only water with natural flavors, these haven’t been found to contain the inorganic phosphates or mineral phosphorus such as found in cola-type drinks. Instead, carbonated water is made by adding carbon dioxide to water which forms carbonic acid (which makes sparkling drinks slightly more acidic than still water). Unless it’s consumed in extreme amounts, studies show it will not affect your bone health. Hope this information helps!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  415. Ginger

    May 10, 2022 , 1:26 pm

    Good to see a “real hard truth” article o nutrition. As a dietitian, it is often a challenge to get people to get how our diets play a key role in this disease. What a wake up call for many. Good to know that Im on track here. Excellent thorough article!

  416. Lori Crumb

    May 10, 2022 , 1:30 pm

    This is a tough one. I can avoid the majority but it’s hard to get away from Chocolate and sweets. I appreciate all the information. i was most suprised by Legumes.

  417. Judy Volker

    May 10, 2022 , 1:38 pm

    I wasn’t aware of the legumes issue – or that soaking them could make a difference. Thank you for sharing such valuable information!

  418. JoAnne Goodnight

    May 10, 2022 , 1:44 pm

    I’m pleased that I follow virtually all of these “rules.” Thank you for the terrific article.

  419. Barb ryan

    May 10, 2022 , 1:57 pm

    Thanks for the great article. I do eat organic whenever possible – unfortunately not everything can be found as organic. I was shocked about legumes, and will soak them going forward so they are a better food to eat. I stopped drinking colas over 10 years ago and really don’t miss it.

  420. DJ

    May 10, 2022 , 1:59 pm

    Thank you for this list. I had no idea that legumes or Charred food was this bad for me, but now I will stay away from those.

  421. Rebecca Mueller

    May 10, 2022 , 2:01 pm

    While I have a fairly healthy diet now, avoiding for the most part the “dirty” 8 in this article, for many years that was not true. Rather than bemoan that, I am excited about the potential for good habits now, I’m 70, can contribute to better bone health.

  422. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 12:17 pm


    This is such a wonderful way of thinking about it <3 Focus on the now and the years to come! It's never too late to reclaim your bone health!

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  423. Colleen Mcdermott

    May 10, 2022 , 2:01 pm

    Thank you for good reminders. Diet is so important!

  424. alice edgerton

    May 10, 2022 , 2:08 pm

    I started taking medication from my doctor and researched the side effects of that medication . They were pretty worrisom to me . I followed his direction for three months and started expirencing some dangerous side effects like loud belching, sores in my mouth,white spotts on my lips,inflammation of my stomach lining, coughing out of control. Well I told him I wasn’t taking it anymore .That is when I came across your products in my research.I do not trust our medical system anymore.I would like to know because my salt reading is always low when I have blood work done. I need salt in my diet .I have always used himalayan Natural Pink sea salt . Will this effect my bone building ? Also it is very hard to find organic fruit in this small town in Ontario and with the consent spraying of chem trails in our skies evert day how can any vegetable or fruit be classed as organic ?

  425. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 2:24 pm


    We’re so glad you’ve found us to utilize as a resource on your bone-health journey <3 Himalayan natural pink sea salt is certainly a better choice than traditional table salt as it contains an array of trace minerals while boasting less sodium per serving. While over-consumption can indeed be harmful to your bones, too little can cause a number of imbalances in our bodies. You can find a detailed article discussing this on our blog HERE. For a delicious way to utilize your Himalayan pink sea salt in a bone-healthy recipe, you might be interested in our Coconut Oil Roasted Beets recipe found at the end of THIS blog article.

    Because of your geographic location, you mentioned the struggle of obtaining fresh, organic produce. With such restrictions, the best practice you can do is to properly wash all your product before consumption. You’ll find detailed steps for how to properly wash your produce on our blog HERE.

    And while washing produce doesn’t necessarily remove all pesticides, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) states that unwashed produce contains more pesticides than washed produce. So the steps you’re taking are certainly better than not washing produce at all! No matter if your fruit and veggies are conventionally grown or organic, they’re far healthier choices for your bones than buying from the frozen section at your local supermarket!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  426. Aline Ste-Marie

    May 10, 2022 , 2:12 pm

    Interesting information. Glad to see I am already doing almost all of it except for the legumes.

  427. Sue Wood

    May 10, 2022 , 2:13 pm

    Was too unaware about legumes 🙁 — started taking AlgaeCal last August – excited to see if it will make a difference in my Dexa Scan (last one 4/15/21) T-score -3.6

  428. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 12:14 pm


    We’re honored to be supporting you on your bone-health journey <3 Please be sure to reach out if you have any questions in the coming year! Of course, we certainly hope you continue to take advantage of all the free resources we have available on our blog HERE.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  429. Kathy Johnson

    May 10, 2022 , 2:13 pm

    This was very interesting and important information on nutrition. I had no idea about legumes. I have always presoaked beans but never in vinegar or lemon juice. Good to know!

  430. Vera Ito

    May 10, 2022 , 2:20 pm

    I’m following these ideas quite well, very conscious of omega 3/6 balance and certainly avoid all processed oils as much as possible. I use coconut oils quite extensively. Also buy organic as much as possible. I freeze a lot of organic berries for winter use.

  431. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 12:12 pm


    Impressive! Keep up all your bone-health efforts <3

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  432. Valerie

    May 10, 2022 , 2:39 pm

    Great article, I stay true to most of the recommendations, but sometimes get off track. Great reminder and the list will go up where I can see it everyday. Thanks.

  433. Valerie

    May 10, 2022 , 2:42 pm

    Great article. Good to be reminded of the “downfall” foods.

  434. Barbara Straka

    May 10, 2022 , 2:51 pm

    Great article, I was unaware of many of the points covered.

  435. Christine

    May 10, 2022 , 2:55 pm

    Salt is my kryptonite. I really struggle with that.

  436. Alice T

    May 10, 2022 , 3:02 pm

    I never knew about the bean connection! I’ll soak my beans now.

  437. J. K.

    May 10, 2022 , 3:13 pm

    I never drank soda or alcohol. I have stopped the addition of sugar and salt in my diet. I eat more organic fruits but do need to eat more vegetables.

  438. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 1:51 pm

    J. K.,

    Making sustainable changes to your lifestyle and diet takes time – don’t rush yourself and be generous! Eliminated excess salt and sugar is already a tremendous feat! So enough, you’ll be craving those yummy veggies 🙂

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  439. Jan Cox

    May 10, 2022 , 3:20 pm

    Enjoy learning from this article!
    I love to eat vegetables and many times have a meatless meal with black beans or other beans.
    Have canned beans been soaked before they were put in the can?

    Thanks for the easy and informative article

  440. Kirby Johnson

    May 12, 2022 , 1:47 pm


    Generally, canned beans are soaked before being canned – though of course, industry practices vary across manufacturers. Limited research has shown that canned beans have lower phytate levels than dried, un-soaked beans, indicating that the canning process influences the presence of anti-nutrients such as phytic acid. Hope this information helps!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  441. mary s

    May 10, 2022 , 3:25 pm

    nice overview… especially good tip for soaking legumes with acid.

  442. Janis Strawbridge

    May 10, 2022 , 3:26 pm

    This is very good information. I quit drinking soda type drinks right away after learning this. I have learned to really enjoy water and other alternatives and feel much better, as well. Thank you for all this information….very helpful!

  443. Karen

    May 10, 2022 , 3:26 pm

    Good to know what foods to avoid. I do buy some organic foods.

  444. Linda

    May 10, 2022 , 3:39 pm

    very interesting

  445. Michelle

    May 10, 2022 , 3:49 pm

    Great article! I was surprised by salt and legumes.
    Thanks – so valuable!

  446. Anita

    May 10, 2022 , 3:51 pm

    Great advice!

  447. Leslie Randall

    May 10, 2022 , 4:07 pm

    The hardest challenge for me is reducing refined sugar and carbohydrates. Had no idea that beans and other legumes were problematic. Trying to buy organic whenever shopping for fresh produce. Very interesting article.

  448. Danuta Skrzypek

    May 10, 2022 , 4:07 pm

    The section on non-organic fruits and vegetables was especially helpful. I’ve just added spinach and kale to my list of Buy Organic. Thanks!

  449. Pat Alexander

    May 10, 2022 , 4:09 pm

    This article very informative, I didnt realize that salt can be damaging to bones.

  450. Miriam

    May 10, 2022 , 4:11 pm

    Surprised by legumes! Since I do a bean soup each week using rinsed beans, I wonder is there a way to make them healthier? I don’t want to soak dried beans.
    Also pleased to see 3 glasses of wine a week! I have stopped drinking due to health concerns and miss it. Perhaps I will do the 3 glasses per week….

  451. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 12, 2022 , 3:01 pm

    Hi Miriam!

    Canned beans tend to be lower in phytates due to how they are processed and stored. Hope this helps to put your mind at ease 🙂

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  452. Carol Miettinen

    May 10, 2022 , 4:16 pm

    I’ve followed a healthy, organic diet for about 10 years now. I still have “gut issues” and don’t know how to get around it. My bones are improving, however, with AlgaeCal and I’m anxiously awaiting my next DEXA in September.

  453. Janis Fodran-Keeney

    May 10, 2022 , 4:17 pm

    All the things that are tasty !!!

  454. Paula B

    May 10, 2022 , 4:22 pm

    Wow!! I love charbroiled or grilled foods….who knew that that charcoal char marks were bad!!! I also thought that by eating fruits and vegetables I was helping myself. I was surprised that that is true only if they are organic!! Quite a learning experience! Thank you!

  455. Victoria VanEgeren

    May 10, 2022 , 4:28 pm

    Interesting and informative article!

  456. Judy Carlile

    May 10, 2022 , 4:39 pm

    Very good article.

  457. Nayna Juthani-patel

    May 10, 2022 , 5:13 pm

    Very helpful article to avoid what type of food

  458. Jan

    May 10, 2022 , 4:42 pm

    Great information, the part about salt surprised me. Since we grow most of our own vegetables, I’m going to continue to enjoy strawberries and spinach.

  459. Simone

    May 10, 2022 , 4:43 pm

    Another informative article. Unfortunately, my weakness of these foods is salt. I don’t drink pop, I have a glass or two of wine about once a year, cannot afford all organic except in the summer when I grow my own. Why is it that the dirty dozen have such health benefits but we should stay away from them, unless they are organic. That sucks. Thanks again for all the helpful information and I truly hope I win. So do my bones.

  460. Eva Fallis

    May 10, 2022 , 4:47 pm

    Good information

  461. Sherryl Rampton

    May 10, 2022 , 4:51 pm

    Learned something new about soaking beans-thanks for the info.

  462. Leslee

    May 10, 2022 , 4:52 pm

    I was a little concerned about legumes because I am WFPB but I do what you suggested so I’m good to go

  463. CINDY

    May 10, 2022 , 4:56 pm

    This article is a good reminder, which I need often

  464. Virginia

    May 10, 2022 , 4:56 pm

    I’m vegan so it was interesting to learn about legumes. Also salt was a surprise to me.

  465. Sylvia

    May 10, 2022 , 4:56 pm

    Great article. Always learn so much from Algaecal. Thanks

  466. Lori Yob

    May 10, 2022 , 4:57 pm

    I didnt know about heavy metals in non organic foods, and although I buy a fair amount of organic produce and fruits, I will increase to more organic…

  467. Terri David

    May 10, 2022 , 4:58 pm

    I didn’t know about heavy metals from fruits and vegetables causing a problem for bones. Luckily, I already avoid non-organic food on the dirty dozen list.

  468. Elaine Hanan

    May 10, 2022 , 4:59 pm

    Good article. The list of organic fruits and veggies to buy is helpful.

  469. Bonnie Ihrke

    May 10, 2022 , 5:10 pm

    Surprised to see legumes on the list.

  470. Samia A

    May 10, 2022 , 7:37 pm

    Same here. We always soak our beans. I will add lemon juice or vinegar the next time. Very enlightening info!

  471. linda tedford

    May 10, 2022 , 5:27 pm

    excellent article.

  472. Elena K

    May 10, 2022 , 5:27 pm

    I know a lot of that, but didn;t know about charred foods (I love charred vegetables) and legumes- I will look into how much lemon juice or acid to put into soaked beans.

  473. Jean I

    May 10, 2022 , 5:32 pm

    Good article. It helps to have a specific list of things to avoid and a list of vegetables and fruits to buy organic.

  474. Sandi Renfro

    May 10, 2022 , 5:34 pm

    Evidently, I’m not doing badly with what I consume on a daily basis so I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing!

  475. Nancy Smith

    May 10, 2022 , 5:42 pm

    Super helpful and informative. Not just the ‘nos’, but the ‘whys’ too.

  476. Bonnie Schnautz ND

    May 10, 2022 , 5:43 pm

    I agree with this list! Thank you for compiling.
    Bonnie Schnautz ND

  477. Patricia Nichols

    May 10, 2022 , 5:46 pm

    I learned something new about soaking legumes.

  478. Claire Zaehringer

    May 10, 2022 , 6:07 pm

    After reading the information, I was surprised to learn that organic fruit and vegetables were a better choice.

  479. Mary Dashiell

    May 10, 2022 , 5:50 pm

    Thank you! I learned a lot about which foods to avoid.

  480. In-Yol Moore

    May 10, 2022 , 5:51 pm

    Great information. I learnd about 8 foods to avoid for my Osteoporasis. Especially dirty douzen fruits and vegetables that I need to purchase Organic.

  481. sherrie brentson

    May 10, 2022 , 5:51 pm

    Thanks for the info on sprouted legumes, and the soaking trick.

  482. Silvia

    May 10, 2022 , 5:55 pm

    I was a bit surprised to see legumes on this list! soaking in vinegar is my next step.

  483. Toffee

    May 10, 2022 , 5:58 pm

    I love and have legumes regularly, don’t drink alcohol nor sodas at all, eat mostly organic produce (follow the EWG guide), have sweets now and then, low on salt in my food, and now taking AlgaeCal. I look forward to better DEXA in 2 years.

  484. Connie Cummings

    May 10, 2022 , 6:01 pm

    I eat legumes daily. I needed this information.

  485. Cindy

    May 10, 2022 , 6:03 pm

    Such good and important information

  486. Jillane Exton

    May 10, 2022 , 6:06 pm

    Always thought legumes were the way to go. Now I’ll definitely soak mine. Also did not know the reasons behind the health of organic fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately it seems eating on the grill is also a big NO NO! Very interesting article.

  487. Barbara H

    May 10, 2022 , 6:09 pm

    Good to know I am avoiding almost all things on the list and buying organic as much as possible. I do need to work on lowering my salt intake.

  488. ColleenH

    May 10, 2022 , 6:13 pm

    Super informative article! Especially helpful learning about the ‘Dirty Dozen’

  489. Carina

    May 10, 2022 , 6:13 pm

    I thought coffee was also on the list of foods but I didn’t see it.

  490. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 12, 2022 , 2:54 pm

    Hi Carina,

    If you’re a coffee drinker, there’s good news! Coffee doesn’t need to be avoided for the sake of your bone health 😀 You can read more about this here.

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  491. Elizabeth Nelson

    May 10, 2022 , 6:19 pm

    I always enjoy the AlgaeCal information

  492. Louise Morgan

    May 10, 2022 , 6:19 pm

    The warning about charred foods was new to me. Also, soaking legumes with acid before cooking them.

  493. Older person readjusting

    May 10, 2022 , 6:20 pm

    Whoa! No beans. Now what do I do. Cholesterol diet calls for them. Getting old is a constant workout in understanding the “new” things in the menu.

  494. Kirby Johnson

    May 13, 2022 , 6:54 am


    It can absolutely feel overwhelming with the flood of information required to manage your health. While our BLOG is chock-full of information to guide you on your bone-health journey, you can always reach out to us directly and speak with one of our Bone Health Consultants. We’re available 7 days a week at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) to answer any questions you might have <3

    If beans are a major part of your diet, you can always buy sprouted or canned beans (which already have a reduced phytic acid content), or take the time to soak to soak your beans with vinegar or lemon juice. All these options should enable you to continue eating beans and legumes!

    - Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  495. Debbie Shaw

    May 10, 2022 , 6:28 pm

    Excellent article.

  496. Vicki V.G.

    May 10, 2022 , 6:31 pm

    So informative- learned I must soak legumes in vinegar or lemon juice 1st!!

  497. Cathy Norgaard

    May 10, 2022 , 6:40 pm

    One new idea learned I will now use when I soak my beans in an instapot will be to add a little lemon or vinegar. I have also read other articles confirming refined sugar prevents absorption of vitamins/supplements. Some years back I read the contents of a can of tomato sauce and was amazed at how much sugar is used. I now use my instapot to make home made red sauce that I store in the freezer (sauté garlic cloves and diced onions in the instapot; add blended roma tomatoes and lots of Italian Seasoning and sauté for 10 minutes)

  498. Nina Kelly

    May 10, 2022 , 6:47 pm

    Happy to see moderate amounts of wine is a “plus”!

  499. Hedwig Abramski-Hahn

    May 10, 2022 , 1:33 pm

    Was especially interested in reading about legumes.

  500. Emily

    May 10, 2022 , 6:49 pm

    Helpful info. Will pay closer attention to the fruits and veggies I’m buying and focus more on the organic.

  501. Nancy

    May 10, 2022 , 6:58 pm

    I am going to cut back on my sugar thanks! That’s my culprit.

  502. Susan Stiffler

    May 10, 2022 , 7:03 pm

    I didn’t realize the importance of organic fruits and vegetables. I will try to buy more organic on the future for sure!

  503. Lisa Bunker

    May 10, 2022 , 7:10 pm

    Learned to avoid charred food and organic is best

  504. Debra Lanaway

    May 10, 2022 , 7:13 pm

    I didn’t know about several foods being a problem. I eat fresh fruits every morning and hope that washing them removes most of the pesticides.

  505. Mary Weiler

    May 10, 2022 , 7:20 pm

    Good Information to know about bone Loss.

  506. Julie Mossberg-Kinsley

    May 10, 2022 , 7:21 pm

    I was a little nervous about this article, because I’ve been eating a half cup of mature soybeans everyday for about 6 months to help fight the hot flashes and other symptoms associated with menopause. I had attended a webinar by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and learned about a study where menopause symptoms were drastically reduced by eating a low-fat whole food plant based diet with the addition of a half cup of soybeans and cutting out all animal products. Eating this way has indeed drastically reduced my symptoms, but you have to be strict or the symptoms will come right back. When I saw legumes in the list of foods to stay away from, I was afraid it was going to have to be a trade off – either I can reduce the menopause symptoms, which are horrible, OR I can have better bone health, but not both. I’m so relieved to know I just have to soak the soybeans before I cook them so I can continue down my prescription-free path! Thanks for the information!!

  507. nancy streb

    May 10, 2022 , 7:27 pm

    I eat beans every day. Ill need to add a little vinegar to the soaking eater from now on

  508. alice kinsman

    May 10, 2022 , 7:28 pm

    I learned alot. I’ll have to try soaking my legumes in vinegar next time.

  509. Camille

    May 10, 2022 , 7:29 pm

    I was surprised to see dairy listed as a “good fat.” Many, including me, need to avoid dairy.

  510. Audrey Samson

    May 10, 2022 , 7:29 pm

    Very informative article, did not know about Omega-6 fats promoting inflammation.

  511. nancy streb

    May 10, 2022 , 7:30 pm

    Id like to read more about the gut microbiome and osteoporosis.

  512. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 12, 2022 , 2:40 pm

    Hi Nancy!

    We have the perfect article for you here. Hope you enjoy the read!

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  513. Merline Brewer

    May 10, 2022 , 7:31 pm

    Very informative and surprising to see some of the food items on the list as well as the impact of sugar and salt on the bones.

  514. Barbara M.

    May 10, 2022 , 7:32 pm

    This is very complex and confusing about fats! You get Omega 6 and Omega 3 from the same foods.

  515. Kirby Johnson

    May 13, 2022 , 6:40 am


    Our blog article HERE goes into greater detail regarding the balance of omega fatty acids and better yet, what to do about it! Hope this helps offer some clarity and direction because you’re absolutely right – these are frequently found in the same foods.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  516. Gail McKay

    May 10, 2022 , 7:34 pm

    I pretty much knew about all these foods to avoid – except that the pesticides in non-organic
    fruits and vegetables that I love were so bad for my bones. I usually try to buy organic, but
    now I will make a greater effort to buy all organic.

  517. Diane

    May 10, 2022 , 7:36 pm

    very informative article!! learned lots

  518. Sandy Dickens

    May 10, 2022 , 7:39 pm

    Thank you for the good pointers on ways to improve my bones. I’m doing well on some of these, but need to work harder on some others!

  519. Kathleen L. Williams

    May 10, 2022 , 7:40 pm

    Thanks for an informative article! Sugar seems to be a major culprit in so many things!

  520. Diane Bertrand

    May 10, 2022 , 7:42 pm

    I wish the article gave more real info for people to make easy changes like about legumes.

  521. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 12, 2022 , 2:50 pm

    Hi Diane, thanks for your feedback!

    For legumes, if you find you don’t have the time to pre-soak them, purchasing canned versions is another option, as these tend to be lower in phytates. Simply watch out for the added salt and give them a rinse before consuming!

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  522. Cheryl Wolf

    May 10, 2022 , 7:46 pm

    Great nutrition info…thanks for your comprehensive coverage of all things related to bone health!

  523. Debra Shirley

    May 10, 2022 , 7:49 pm

    Gosh, I really learned a lot by reading this!

  524. Kathryn McLaughlin

    May 10, 2022 , 7:52 pm

    I learned that charred food is not good for bones and to eat organic. A very informative article.

  525. Gary A

    May 10, 2022 , 7:54 pm

    was not aware legumes were a no no.

  526. Lisa Sherman

    May 10, 2022 , 1:05 pm

    I will definitely make a effort to buy more organic

  527. Jenny C

    May 10, 2022 , 1:07 pm

    Thanks very much!!

  528. Connie Gregory

    May 10, 2022 , 1:10 pm

    Great information! Lots more to learn.

  529. Kathie R. Johns

    May 10, 2022 , 1:14 pm

    I knew about the soda being bad for the bones but all bc the others surprised me

  530. Alana Goddard

    May 10, 2022 , 1:15 pm

    Learning the best 12 fruits and veggies to buy Organic is helpful.

  531. Cynthia Hansen

    May 10, 2022 , 6:35 pm

    Alot of great information

  532. Barbara Shanley

    May 10, 2022 , 7:10 pm

    Amazing how many of these foods cross reference with inflammation producing foods.

  533. Linda

    May 10, 2022 , 1:17 pm

    Convinced me to try harder to buy all organic fruits and vegetables.

  534. Carol Tilden

    May 10, 2022 , 1:20 pm

    I eat a rather healthy diet – fruit, veggies, whole grains, etc. I was surprised at your paragraph on legumes. I don’t eat them every day, but do like to include them in my diet. You mentioned soaking them, so this includes cooking dried beans. You did not mention canned beans and if you recommend them.

  535. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 12, 2022 , 2:34 pm

    Hi Carol, great point!

    Canned beans can be a good choice as well as they tend to be lower in phytates. Simply watch out for high amounts of added sodium and feel free to first rinse the beans to remove excess salt.

    Hope this helps!

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  536. Jessica Vineyard

    May 10, 2022 , 1:22 pm

    I have followed most of these points for the majority of my adult life, except for the years that I drank too much. Could that have been a contributing factor to my breaking my arm at age 55 and discovering I had osteopenia? I’ll never know, but I haven’t had alcohol for many years now, and that, coupled with strength training, good nutrition,and AlgaeCal, have contributed to reversing my subsequent osteoporosis back to osteopenia, a trend I expect to continue on my journey of good bone health.

  537. Sumie Makino

    May 10, 2022 , 1:26 pm

    Trying to avoid all the foods to preserve bone health is sometimes very difficult but worthwhile. Thank you for the valuable information.

  538. Mary

    May 10, 2022 , 1:30 pm

    Excellent information,I’ve switched to potassium salt and eating more organic.

  539. Kate Montgomery

    May 10, 2022 , 1:35 pm

    I was surprised to learn that salt exchanges for Ca. I love salty and grilled foods so will have to change up my strategy. Had not heard of AGES before. Did not know about phytic acid in legumes. Was a nice thing to hear that “moderate” alcool consumption is OK. The non-organic pesticides found in the list of 12 foods was new to me, I will get the organic versions of these foods from now on.

  540. Sandra Witzel

    May 10, 2022 , 1:38 pm

    I have been on a low carb diet for years and together with targeted supplements and exercise, my bone density has improved dramatically – from osteoporosis to osteopenia.

  541. Bridget McCusker

    May 10, 2022 , 1:42 pm

    Did not know legumes and fruits listed are problematic.

  542. Ellen Richter

    May 10, 2022 , 1:43 pm

    There are a lot of things I can’t control, but I can control what I eat. Cost is a factor though and it is hard to give up things like sugar.

  543. Dawn

    May 10, 2022 , 1:46 pm

    These were all great reminders and wonderful inspiration to continue to eat a clean healthy diet.

  544. Debbie Campbell

    May 10, 2022 , 1:46 pm

    The legumes is a complete surprise! Soaking dry beans I understand. Should we be soaking canned or frozen beans?

  545. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 12, 2022 , 3:20 pm

    Hi Debbie!

    Soaking canned or frozen beans that have already been cooked won’t be too helpful, but canned beans tend to be lower in phytates due to how they are processed and packaged. With frozen beans, you may want to check in with the specific company to ask if their processing methods reduce phytate content.

    Hope this helps 🙂

    – Megan @AlgaeCal

  546. Gspinner

    May 10, 2022 , 1:47 pm

    Great informative article. I had no idea that bbq’ing foods was bad for you!!!

  547. Patricia DF

    May 10, 2022 , 1:50 pm

    Learned so much from this article. Thank you for the “dirty dozen” list. And thanks for doing so much to help us stay well. This website is amazing!

  548. LML

    May 10, 2022 , 1:53 pm

    Carbs are hard for me – I love pasta!! And I do like my chocolate! I must try harder. Most of the others aren’t too hard for me. I’ll have to start buying more organics, though. Helpful article.

  549. Terri Smith

    May 10, 2022 , 2:05 pm

    Makes me grateful that I’ve never been a soda drinker! Now… to work on that sugar…
    Very informative, and the list of foods to never buy conventionally grown is very helpful. I’m definitely saving that.

  550. Mary A Steinbrenner

    May 10, 2022 , 2:05 pm

    Legumes is a surpise, and salt is as well. I knew about the dirty dozen. Fats I can do, cola beverages are totally out of my house. I still have a long way to go for a completely healthy diet.

  551. Kirby Johnson

    May 13, 2022 , 9:28 am


    You’ve already taken some difficult steps! Keep up all your fantastic work <3 You can always further your efforts with all the free information about nutrition and bone health available on our blog HERE.

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  552. Dianne

    May 10, 2022 , 2:13 pm

    Helpful reminder to buy organic, soak beans. Thank you!

  553. Gail Linnerson

    May 10, 2022 , 2:13 pm

    Surprised to hear that a little alcohol is ok in terms of BMD and now I’ll be sure to give legumes a good long soak since I really like them. Everything else I’m not surprised to hear, as all of these items would impact your health in other areas besides BMD. Thanks for the help!

  554. Cherrie

    May 10, 2022 , 2:20 pm

    More great information. I’m anxious to get more involved with your recipe recommendations.

  555. Laura

    May 10, 2022 , 2:23 pm

    I did not know about AGES or legumes. As a vegetarian we eat lots of legumes! Thanks for the hint about usign vinegar fo rhte soaking!

  556. Jadwiga

    May 10, 2022 , 2:24 pm

    Great advice about soaking legumes .