Boost Your Bone Strength With Collagen

Updated: May 15, 2024

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Most people know collagen is excellent for skin, muscles, and connective tissues. But what’s less well-known is that collagen is essential to healthy bone. It’s true! Collagen acts like a building frame inside your bones, providing them with structure and the ability to withstand everyday stress. Moreover, it makes your bones flexible, so they can absorb shocks and reduce the chance of fractures.1

Pretty impressive, right? 
The only problem is that as we get older, our bodies produce less collagen, making our bones weaker and weaker. This is why taking collagen supplements becomes particularly beneficial as we celebrate our 40th birthday and beyond.

How Collagen Supports Bone Health

At the core of your bones is a lattice of collagen fibers. Think of this collagen lattice as a scaffold where minerals can embed themselves, contributing to bone strength and structure. Once this scaffolding is in place, hydroxyapatite (a mineral complex made primarily of calcium and phosphate) deposits into the spaces between the lattice framework, creating solidity and structure in your bone tissue.2,3

collagen structure

That’s why collagen is the bedrock on which your bone is built. In fact, healthy collagen levels in your bone tissue are essential to maintaining – and improving – your bone mineral density.4 
But collagen is more than a lattice framework for your bone minerals. It’s also directly involved in the growth of bone tissue. Specifically, collagen assists in the differentiation and proliferation of osteoblast cells (the cells responsible for bone growth). By regulating the function of these essential cells, collagen signals your body to begin forming healthy new bone tissue.5

Why Collagen May Be The Missing Link In Solving Osteoporosis

Collagen supplements can help target the root cause of osteoporosis, according to research.6 

Osteoporosis happens when your body breaks down more bone than it rebuilds, leading to bones that are weak and easily breakable. Imagine your bones are like a building being constantly renovated: old parts are torn down, and new ones are built. As you get older, more of the building gets torn down than rebuilt, which is why your bones get weaker over time, especially after you’ve reached your 40th Birthday.7,8

That’s why researchers are so excited about the potential of collagen supplementation to help prevent osteoporosis. 

In one study, 131 postmenopausal women were given 5 grams of collagen per day or a placebo for 12 months. The investigators examined changes in the femoral neck (where the thigh bone joins with the hip bone), an area particularly vulnerable to osteoporosis. After 12 months, the women in the treatment group showed improved bone mineral density and increased bone formation in the femoral neck. The study authors also reported favorable shifts in bone markers, indicating a reduction in the rate of bone loss.9 

In a follow-up study four years later, the participants showed that with consistent collagen supplementation, their bone loss continued to slow down, with many reporting an increase in their bone mineral density. Furthermore, none of the participants who continued the collagen supplementation experienced fractures during the four years.10 

In another study, postmenopausal women with osteopenia (a precursor to osteoporosis) were divided into two groups. One group was given a calcium, vitamin D, plus collagen supplement. The other group was given a calcium and vitamin D supplement with no collagen. 

At the end of the study, the collagen group showed lower reductions in bone mineral density than the calcium-vitamin D group and significantly reduced blood markers for bone breakdown.11 In other words, their bones were stronger with collagen! 

Collagen Boosts Workout Bone Benefits

Collagen supports strong muscles, which can help ward off osteoporosis. Here’s how it works: during weight-bearing or resistance exercises, your muscles apply pressure on your bones. This pressure signals your bones to grow stronger, getting them ready for more activity. 

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This muscle-bone interaction is a key reason why regular exercise is essential in preventing osteoporosis; it’s like your muscles are coaching your bones to bulk up.

And that’s where collagen helps. Stronger muscles, supported by collagen, can exert more force on your bones during exercise. This increased force encourages even more bone growth, creating a cycle of strengthening that’s beneficial for both your muscles and bones. So, in a way, collagen helps to amplify the bone-strengthening effects of your workouts.

Studies have found that taking collagen supplements can improve muscle strength and increase muscle mass.12 And that’s not only for young, fit people; it works for older adults too! For example, one study showed that older men with sarcopenia, a condition where you lose muscle mass, saw big improvements. They gained more muscle without the fat, got stronger, and their muscle control got better, all thanks to adding collagen to their routine.13

To boost your body’s collagen, consider adding bone broth, a nutrient-dense liquid made by simmering bones, to your diet. Fish, particularly their skins, are another excellent source, with varieties such as salmon being particularly rich in collagen. Chicken, especially its skin and connective tissues, also provides a significant amount of collagen. Lastly, egg whites, while not containing collagen themselves, are packed with proline and glycine – amino acids that are vital for collagen synthesis in the human body, supporting the body’s natural collagen production process. 

But to ensure consistent collagen levels, many people find supplementing helpful alongside these dietary choices. While bone broth, fish skins, chicken parts, and egg whites are excellent natural sources, daily supplements can provide a steady supply of collagen, especially on days when your diet might not cover all your collagen needs.

How Should You Take Collagen Supplements?

To get the most out of collagen supplements, it’s best to take them daily. They usually come as a powder, which is great because you can easily mix them into your drinks like water, smoothies, or even your morning coffee or tea. This can become a handy daily habit to help you remember to take it. Just a tip: avoid mixing it into very hot drinks, as it might not blend well.

pouring collagen supplement into water

You can also stir collagen into foods that have a liquid consistency, such as yogurt, applesauce, soups, or oatmeal. It’s really up to you.

Since collagen doesn’t give you a buzz or keep you awake, you can take it at any time that works for you, whether that’s in the morning or before bed. The key is to take it when you’re most likely to remember.And while collagen is great for your bones, you don’t have to take it at the same time as calcium. But do make sure you’re also getting enough calcium each day, ideally in a supplement that includes all 16 of the nutrients that are clinically supported to increase bone density. 

Takeaway

Collagen is key for keeping your bones strong and healthy. Even though exercise and eating right are important for your bones, giving your body the right building blocks, like collagen, makes all the difference.

Collagen does more than just act as a support structure in your bones; it also helps make osteoblasts, the cells that build new bone, and strengthens your muscles. This makes collagen a triple booster for building strong bones.

For the best care of your bones over the long term, consider combining collagen with a supplement that includes all 16 clinically supported nutrients for stronger bones. This way, you’re giving your bones a complete package of the necessary nutrients.

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FAQs

Is taking collagen good for osteoporosis?

Studies show collagen supplementation may enhance bone mineral density and slow bone loss. Therefore, osteoporosis patients would likely benefit from a collagen protein supplement.

Can collagen raise calcium levels?

Collagen won’t raise calcium levels unless you take a collagen supplement containing calcium.

How can I increase my bone density after 60?

Several factors can contribute to bone density after age 60, including physical activity (particularly weight-bearing exercise) and targeted nutrients. Some of the most well-studied and beneficial nutrients for bone density include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K2, and collagen.

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  1. Celeste L Filbert

    May 15, 2024 , 8:39 pm

    Learning more about collagen and how it helps many things including bone density which I wasn’t aware of. I’m now adding it to my daily routine. Thank you for all the wonderful information that is helping me get stronger bones!

  2. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 16, 2024 , 8:58 am

    We are so happy to hear you learned something new, Celeste! 🙂
    – Sam

  3. henriette steffensen

    May 18, 2024 , 2:50 am

    When is this available

  4. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    May 19, 2024 , 6:57 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to comment, Henriette! We will be sure to email you as soon as it launches but we do not have a 100% concrete date yet, although coming soon!:)
    – Megan

  5. Donna

    May 23, 2024 , 11:55 am

    I am interested as well 🙂

  6. Joan Koers

    May 15, 2024 , 10:38 pm

    Helpful reminders

  7. Kendra AlgaeCal

    May 16, 2024 , 5:10 pm

    Glad you found them helpful, Joan!
    – Kendra

  8. Mahin

    May 16, 2024 , 4:23 pm

    Thank you for this informative article.
    Dose this compony carrying any collagen’s
    Supplement ?

  9. Brenda G Harrell

    May 17, 2024 , 3:41 am

    What is the best Collagen to purchase.

  10. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:24 am

    Brenda, at this time, we don’t have a specific suggestion on the type of collagen to take. However, we recommend finding collagen supplements that are grass-fed and tested for heavy metals!
    Please keep an eye out as this is something we will be producing in the near future. 🙂
    – Sam

  11. Clarissa Cartozian

    May 17, 2024 , 4:22 am

    Excellent article. I already take collagen but am looking forward to seeing your new collagen supplement.

  12. Penelope Roberts

    May 17, 2024 , 6:42 am

    I take the Algaecal plus supplements and your vitamin d. Are you promoting adding collagen to this regimen?

  13. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:27 am

    Penelope, collagen is definitely important when it comes to our bones, considering collagen makes up approximately 35% of our bone mass! While many of our community members are taking various collagen supplements, there are also several natural sources of collagen from foods! You can find more information about this on our website here. I hope this helps. 🙂
    – Sam

  14. E

    May 17, 2024 , 6:47 am

    I assume this is not vegetarian?

  15. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 10:54 am

    Please stay tuned for more information to come within the next few weeks, Eileen! 🙂
    – Sam

  16. linda davidson

    May 17, 2024 , 6:48 am

    What about people that had breast problems or breast cancer? Does collagen affect the breast?

  17. Penny Roberts

    May 17, 2024 , 6:55 am

    How come I can’t find anywhere to purchase the collagen?

  18. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:27 am

    Penny, at this time, we do not offer any collagen supplements for purchase! However, please keep an eye out as this is something we will be producing in the near future. 🙂
    – Sam

  19. Sandra

    May 17, 2024 , 7:16 am

    I knew about it. I am looking to buy the best collagen supplement for it but I already got informed that we can buy bone marrow( beef, lamb) or feet bone / leg from a cow and cook for one hour into a pressure cooker. The bone has also many minerals for our bones. This is my next step in helping my bones that pet scan showed some lesions and they don’t know if it is a tumor related, a medicine side effects since I am also taking letrozol. Letrozol kills your bone so I decided to get the supplements instead of conventional medication ( zometa) that has several horrid side effects.

  20. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 10:32 am

    Thank you for taking the time to share, Sandra!
    – Sam

  21. Sue Hunt Hibbard

    May 17, 2024 , 7:25 am

    i thought it was not good for some organs

  22. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:43 am

    While collagen is generally safe, Sue, for people with specific compromised medical conditions, may be advised not to take it. We always recommend consulting with a health care professional before adding something new to your regimen, for their best recommendation. 🙂
    – Sam

  23. Linda Robinson

    May 17, 2024 , 7:44 am

    Does collagen require Vitamin C to activate it?

  24. Susan

    May 17, 2024 , 7:59 am

    Good article, just long enough.

  25. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:44 am

    Thank you for sharing, Susan!
    – Sam

  26. Afaf fahmy

    May 17, 2024 , 9:07 am

    would try it. I trust algecal products

  27. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 10:13 am

    Thank you for your feedback, Afaf! 🙂 We will inform you when our collage supplement is available for purchase.
    – Sam

  28. Patty Fain

    May 17, 2024 , 9:15 am

    How do I order this or see the cost. Nothing listed yet on the website

  29. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 10:13 am

    Great question, Patty! We are still finalizing our collagen formulation. We will inform you when the product becomes available for purchase. 🙂
    – Sam

  30. Marta S Heap

    May 17, 2024 , 9:37 am

    My number one product for supplements is AlgaeCal bone builder kit. This product alone has taken my diagnosis from Osteoporosis to Osteopenia in 2 Dexoscans.
    I have searched high and low for a better Collagen. I will be the first person on board to try your product! Your track record speaks volumes! Marta

  31. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 10:17 am

    Thank you for your feedback, Marta – we truly appreciate it! We’re so thrilled to hear about your increases. 🙂
    We will be sure to inform you when our collagen supplement becomes available for purchase!
    – Sam

  32. Mary L. Tryon

    May 17, 2024 , 10:12 am

    There are different types of collagen: I, II, III and so on. I’ve read that some types are better for certain health issues, while other types are more beneficial for other concerns. If this is true, what types are included your new formula?

  33. Audrey Leake

    May 17, 2024 , 10:13 am

    I am looking to add to my order is this not avail at this time?

  34. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 10:28 am

    That is correct, Audrey. We are still finalizing our collagen formulation. However, when it does become available for purchase, you will be notified. 🙂
    – Sam

  35. Lisa Birr

    May 17, 2024 , 10:20 am

    just seeing what I need

  36. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 10:32 am

    Thank you for commenting, Lisa! 🙂
    – Sam

  37. D. Jovanovich

    May 17, 2024 , 11:00 am

    Thank you for the info. Does the Powder contain Boron. I have been unable to take your products due to Boron content.
    What are the ingredients contained in the Collagen.
    Thanks so much.

  38. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 11:31 am

    We’re so sorry to hear that the supplements are not suitable for you, Diana. We hope you continue to take advantage of the free nutrition information, recipes, and exercises on our blog here!
    In the meantime, please stay tuned for more information on our collagen formulation in the next couple of weeks. 🙂
    – Sam

  39. William E French

    May 17, 2024 , 12:08 pm

    Does Collagen cause breast cancer?

  40. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 3:57 pm

    Hi William :). There is currently no scientific evidence to suggest that collagen supplements cause breast cancer. Collagen is a protein found naturally in the body, and collagen supplements are typically derived from animal or marine sources to support skin, joint, and bone health. I hope this helps!

    – Yoori

  41. Susan Maselli

    May 17, 2024 , 12:24 pm

    I currently use a colostrum bone/skin/hair, etc. supplement. I switched for a bit to plain collagen and immediately saw pronounced hair loss, peeling nails and soft, fleshy gums. I will be willing to try the AlgaeCal product once it’s available but if I notice any of the negative side affects mentioned I will go back to the colostrum product! How is your collagen different/superior to others?

  42. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 3:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Susan, and we are sorry to hear of the issue you’ve experienced with your previous supplement. We do not have any information to share at this time, but please feel free to reach out again when the product launches, and we’d be happy to help! 🙂
    – Yoori

  43. Kristine

    May 17, 2024 , 12:45 pm

    I’ve been using Algaecal for years. My orthopedist recently suggested I add collagen to my supplements, so I’m looking forward to trying your new product.

  44. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 3:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Kristine! We’re excited for you to try our new product in the near future :).
    – Yoori

  45. Johnnie Purifoy

    May 17, 2024 , 1:03 pm

    I am taking 4 AlgaeCal Plus a day. Could I stop taking them?

  46. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 3:29 pm

    Hi Johnnie! We recommend continuing with AlgaeCal Plus as without proper nutrients, we would normally lose about 1% of bone density per year after the age of 40. Collagen will be an additional support to your bones :).
    – Yoori

  47. Gabrielle Hochberg

    May 17, 2024 , 1:24 pm

    Collagen doesn’t go directly in the cells. I take a hyluronic and cerimide vitamin that produces collagen.

  48. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 4:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Gabrielle! 🙂
    – Yoori

  49. Violetta

    May 17, 2024 , 1:50 pm

    I am taking AlgaeCal Plus and AlgaeCal Strontium. Is adding Collagen advised? Or it is unnecessary?

  50. Lori Brown

    May 17, 2024 , 2:00 pm

    I have been taking AlgaeCal for about 6 mo for osteopenia and my ca blood levels are normal. I also take vit D and Strontium supplements. I will be getting my bone density exam next mo. My real issue as a Breast Ca survivor is nutropenia probably caused by the radiation therapy I underwent. I know that kind of bone marrow damage is permanent but they watch my white counts every 3 mo to be sure it doesn’t develop into MDS . Can these supplements be helpful at all for that??? Just asking.

  51. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:36 pm

    Thank you for reaching out, Lori, and we are truly sorry to hear of your health concerns. AlgaeCal has been clinically supported to increase bone density specifically, and we do not have any studies done on its effect on neutropenia. We suggest further discussing this with a healthcare professional. HERE is our Doctor Information Sheet for your convenience. I hope this helps!

    – Yoori

  52. Sarah Thimmesch

    May 17, 2024 , 2:00 pm

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟🌟

  53. Joni Thompson

    May 17, 2024 , 2:33 pm

    I couldn’t find where to order the collagen?

  54. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 3:55 pm

    Hi Joni! We do not have a collagen product yet, but please keep an eye out as this is something we will be producing in the near future. 🙂
    – Yoori

  55. Betty

    May 17, 2024 , 2:41 pm

    I currently take a collagen supplement but look forward to trying your new product.

  56. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 3:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing that! We’re excited for you to try our new product :).
    – Yoori

  57. Rea Freedom

    May 17, 2024 , 4:15 pm

    Is the collagen vegan?

  58. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 4:24 pm

    Thank you for your interest, Rea! While we do not have any details to share at this moment, once the product launches, we will have all the information you need. We appreciate your patience in the meantime! 🙂
    – Yoori

  59. Diana D. Fraley

    May 17, 2024 , 4:18 pm

    What Colligen are you talking about? I remember you asking us what type of Colligen we are taking. I have tried 3 or 4 brands of Collagen. The first one was Great Lakes Wellness. Then I took Doctor’s Best Collagen types 1 % 3 in pill form. Which I sometimes still take. Then I tried Earthtone Foods Grass-fed Collagen peptides Pasture-raised with Non-GMO’s. I am back too Great Lakes Collagen. Do you have any advice? Are you going to offer one?

  60. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Diana! Yes, we are looking to launch a collagen supplement in the near future. While we do not have any details to share at this moment, once the product launches, we will have all the information you need. We appreciate your patience in the meantime! 🙂

    – Yoori

  61. Kim

    May 17, 2024 , 4:53 pm

    When I take collagen it tends to constipate me. Is this typical and what can be done so I can still take it?

  62. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing your concern, Kim! This isn’t typical, but it can happen! Nutrition can be complex, and some people may be sensitive to higher levels of vitamin and mineral intake.

    Below is what I found during my research, but I always recommend discussing this with a healthcare professional for their best recommendations:

    Collagen is a protein, and for some people, increasing protein intake can slow down digestion. Protein digestion requires water, and collagen supplements might increase your water needs.

    With this in mind, here are our suggestions: hydrate well, start with a smaller dose of collagen and gradually increase it to give your digestive system time to adjust, incorporate more high-fiber foods into your diet, choose the right form: experiment with different brands or types of collagen (powder, liquid, capsules) to see if one works better for you without causing constipation.

    By making these adjustments, you may be able to continue taking collagen without experiencing constipation. However, if the problem persists, it might be necessary to discontinue its use and explore alternative supplements or dietary changes for your health goals. I hope this helps!

    – Yoori

  63. Sandra Winters

    May 17, 2024 , 6:00 pm

    Hello
    Do I continue taking the AlgaeCal Plus calcium pills? If I take your collagen powder?

  64. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:21 pm

    That’s correct, Sandra! While collagen can provide additional benefits to our bones, it’s the AlgaeCal that’s been clinically supported to increase bone density by providing the 13 bone essential minerals we need to build our bones :).

    – Yoori

  65. Thomas R Wallek

    May 17, 2024 , 7:36 pm

    Another laid out well and easy to understand article by Lara….Thanks to her we will all have stronger bones….

  66. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 8:00 pm

    It’s truly our pleasure, Thomas! If there’s anything we can do to support your bone health journey, please don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re always here to help. 🙂
    – Yoori

  67. Webby

    May 17, 2024 , 7:44 pm

    When does your product come on the market?
    Price?

  68. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 17, 2024 , 7:59 pm

    Thank you for your interest, Webby! We do not have a set date yet, but please stay tuned for an announcement in the near future :).
    – Yoori

  69. Diane Trepanier

    May 17, 2024 , 9:59 pm

    Looking forward to trying it. I have lyme disease, degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia, and osteopenia. If this can help me I’m all in.

  70. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    May 19, 2024 , 6:43 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Diane! If you’re interested in a safe and natural approach to increasing your bone density, AlgaeCal has helped thousands of women and men do so for many years! You can view some of their inspiring success stories HERE if you like.
    For more information and personalized support, you can reach our Bone Health Consultants 7 days a week at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada, toll-free) or by email at [email protected]. Let us know if you have any questions!
    – Megan

  71. Betty Wilson

    May 18, 2024 , 4:07 am

    I am 92 and have been a Vegan vegetarian for the past 40 years. What can I do
    For collagen supplements or food sources. Thankyou.

  72. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    May 19, 2024 , 7:01 pm

    Thanks for reaching out, Betty! We have A Vegetarian’s Guide to Collagen and Healthy Bones HERE which we hope you’ll find helpful!
    – Megan

  73. Candace Higgins

    May 18, 2024 , 4:10 am

    Can it be taken with the algae cal plus and strontium boost that I am currently taking? And if so can it be taken at the same time in the morning with the algae cal plus?

  74. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    May 19, 2024 , 7:02 pm

    Thanks for reaching out, Candace! We are putting the finishing touches on all our FAQs and wonderful information resources for our customers and once the product launches you should have all the information you need to make an informed decision. 🙂
    – Megan

  75. Laurie Daddono

    May 18, 2024 , 5:07 am

    Is this a drink or a pill form? If a pill form how big of a pill is it?

  76. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 7:51 am

    Great question, Laurie! Collagen supplements usually come in powder form, which is great because you can easily mix them into your drinks like water, smoothies, or even your morning coffee or tea. If you’re asking about our collagen supplement specifically, the product is not yet ready. We’re putting the finishing touches on all our FAQs and wonderful information resources for our customers. Once the product launches, you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Stay tuned!
    – Manja

  77. Mary Hauser

    May 18, 2024 , 5:12 am

    I have read in the past that collagen supplementation is destroyed in the digestive process therefore and can’t be utilized by the body. Is that not true?

  78. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 7:58 am

    Thank you for your comment, Mary! It’s a common concern, but research suggests that collagen supplements can indeed be beneficial. When consumed, collagen is broken down into smaller peptides and amino acids in the digestive process, which are then absorbed and utilized by the body to support skin, joint, and bone health. The key is that these smaller components are what contribute to collagen production and repair. So, while collagen is broken down, its building blocks are still effectively used by the body.
    – Manja

  79. Marilyn Crady

    May 18, 2024 , 6:22 am

    What type of collage is it?

  80. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    May 19, 2024 , 8:27 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to comment, Marilyn! We are putting the finishing touches on all our FAQs and wonderful information resources for our customers and once the product launches you should have all the information you need to make an informed decision. 🙂
    – Megan

  81. Victoria Rhodus

    May 18, 2024 , 6:29 am

    A while back, Lara recommended Isagenix Collagen Elixir to someone, and I’ve been taking it ever since January 2023. I drink a 1.69oz bottle in the morning just before breakfast. I prefer the Elixir (liquid) over any powder version. Based on your article, I presume AlgaeCal is only a powder version.

  82. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 8:11 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Victoria! We’re excited to let you know that we are currently putting the finishing touches on our new collagen product, with more details to come. Along with the product launch, we will provide comprehensive FAQs and detailed information resources to help you make an informed decision. Stay tuned for more updates!
    – Manja

  83. Jenna Ridgeway

    May 18, 2024 , 7:58 am

    How much collagen should I take to be effective?

  84. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 8:21 am

    Hi, Jenna. Determining the right amount of collagen for effectiveness can vary depending on individual needs and health goals. Generally, we suggest following the recommendation from the manufacturer. That said, some people may benefit from higher or lower doses based on factors like age, weight, activity level, and specific health concerns. It’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best dosage for your unique circumstances.
    – Manja

  85. Cheryl

    May 18, 2024 , 8:02 am

    What do you provide for vegans who don’t want to take animal products?

  86. Eileen

    May 18, 2024 , 8:29 am

    I have Osteoporosis and have been taking the bone builder supplements for 18 months and my dexa report has shown significant improvement to the point my Rheumatologist asked what I changed. He wasn’t a fan of me taking stronium supplement and wants me to stop taking it. Could this collagen supplement with calcium plus be a viable alternative? thanks for your input, as I love your supplements and how they make my body stronger!

  87. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 8:29 am

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience with our supplements, Eileen! We’re thrilled to hear about the significant improvement in your bone health. While our AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost have been clinically supported for safety and efficacy, it’s important to note that strontium and collagen provide different nutrients to bones so we cannot guarantee the same results.
    If your doctor recommends discontinuing strontium supplementation, continuing with AlgaeCal Plus while focusing on other aspects of bone health, such as a healthy diet, exercise, and collagen supplementation, will provide your bones with the best opportunity to see great results! Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.
    – Manja

  88. Louise Fimlaid

    May 18, 2024 , 8:49 am

    are you going to add collagen to your algae cal plus? or are you making something different? It would be great to have it included? What and when will your collagen be ready? I now take a separate collagen. I would not like a powder collagen. please explain what you are producing for us to have collagen?

  89. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 8:36 am

    Thank you for your interest in our products, Louise! Our collagen will be produced as a separate supplement to AlgaeCal Plus. We are currently putting the finishing touches on this new product and all our FAQs and information resources to ensure you have everything you need to make an informed decision. While we don’t have a concrete launch date yet, it’s coming soon, and we’ll be sure to email you once it’s available. Stay tuned for more updates, and thank you for your patience and support!
    – Manja

  90. Gloria Pleasants

    May 18, 2024 , 10:34 am

    Which form of collagen is best to enhance bone absorption? I saw an article that we should have a form that include Co9llagen I & III for best results.

  91. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 21, 2024 , 4:15 pm

    Thank you for reaching out, Gloria! My understanding is that Type I and Type III collagen are often recommended. Type I collagen is the most abundant in the human body and is a key component of bones, tendons, and skin. Type III collagen is found in connective tissues and helps to support the structure of organs and arteries. That said, please do confirm with a healthcare professional :). I hope this helps!

    – Yoori

  92. Christine Klay

    May 18, 2024 , 2:15 pm

    Hello,

    I was reading the above Articles, it seams there is one after the other you need to add to increase your Bone density. I just had both my Hips replaced since they were Bone on Bone and very Arthritic.
    Can only do so much Exercise yet, looking forward to do Water Arobics, once I can go into a pool!
    I am disappointed taking AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost since Years, but it has not improved my Osteo Perosis!! We Cook mostly at Home and are looking to get our Vitamen that way as well.
    I’m at a lost!!

  93. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 10:18 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience with bone loss despite taking AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost for years, Christine. While these supplements have been shown to be effective in promoting bone health for many, individual responses can vary due to factors such as diet, lifestyle, and underlying health conditions. If you’re interested, we’d be happy to review your DEXA results and discuss potential causes and next steps to support your bone health journey.

    It’s worth noting that collagen supplementation may also be beneficial, especially if you’re not consuming adequate protein. However, if your primary goal is to increase bone density, AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost remain the ideal supplements as they are rich in essential nutrients required for healthy bone growth.

    Please feel free to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants at [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) for personalized assistance. We’re here to support you on your path to stronger, healthier bones.
    – Manja

  94. Renee

    May 18, 2024 , 4:58 pm

    I heard AlgaeCal now sells a collagen product but I don’t see it.

  95. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    May 19, 2024 , 7:48 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, Renee! We will be sure to email you as soon as it launches but we do not have a 100% concrete date yet, although coming soon! 🙂
    – Megan

  96. Elizabeth Marie Hand

    May 19, 2024 , 5:10 am

    I am a new Algae Cal customer and I am thrilled with all the education you provide! I currently take collagen multiple times a week that mentions joints health, but not bone health on the label. After reading your article, I will start taking Algae Cal Collagen daily when it is available! A key part of the article that was helpful to me is ‘Stronger muscles, supported by collagen, can exert more force on your bones during exercise.” I currently take a 100% whey isolate while weight training. Just a suggestion. If you develop a 100% whey isolate, I will jump on board with that product too.

  97. Diane Brooke

    May 19, 2024 , 5:22 am

    Can’t wait to try this new product!

  98. Megan @ AlgaeCal

    May 19, 2024 , 8:07 pm

    We’re so happy to hear about your enthusiasm, Diane!
    – Megan

  99. Nancy C

    May 19, 2024 , 6:41 am

    So excited for your new collagen product to come out as your supplements are trustworthy and good! Thank you for this article and great information on collagen!

  100. Laurie

    May 19, 2024 , 7:43 am

    Will AlgaeCal’s collagen also have fortibone in the powder?

  101. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 10:52 am

    Thank you for your interest in our collagen supplement, Laurie! We we are currently finalizing the formulation details, including any additional ingredients, and putting the finishing touches on our new collagen product, and all our FAQs and information resources for our customers. Stay tuned for more updates, and we’ll be sure to provide comprehensive information about the product upon its launch. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to ask!
    – Manja

  102. Irene

    May 19, 2024 , 7:44 am

    Hi! Thru my Nutritionist I have been on a plant based diet for over ten years, when I discovered taking Synthroid for my Thyroid condition caused bone loss. My OB/GYN is also my Nutritionist and at 83 I still feel pretty good. I do a full body workout every morning before I shower with 5 lb weights and a stretching band. I tell my friends, you can go to 5 Below and for $10 bucks, you can have an entire gym in your house.
    I have been taking AlgaeCal Plus for ten years and your article is interesting, I would consider adding it. Can you just advise me what other vitamin you offer for bone enhancement that you would recommend in addition to the AlgaeCal. Thank you.

  103. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 11:11 am

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us! It’s inspiring to hear about your commitment to maintaining bone health through a plant-based diet and regular exercise routine. We’re thrilled to hear that you’ve been taking AlgaeCal Plus for ten years and are interested in additional supplements to enhance your bone health further.

    If your goal is to increase bone density, AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost are the ideal supplements for you. They are rich in all the essential nutrients that are required to promote healthy bone growth. The effectiveness of AlgaeCal in this regard has been demonstrated in multiple clinical studies and of course, in the thousands of DEXA scans from our customers.

    Additionally, we recommend incorporating a good quality Omega-3 supplement, such as our Triple Power Fish Oil into your bone-building regime. This natural antioxidant product contains Omega 3 oils (specifically EPA and DHA), Curcumin, and Astaxanthin, known for their antioxidant power, to combat oxidative stress, which is an underlying cause of bone loss.

    Finally, if your vitamin D blood tests determine that you are low, you may consider taking additional D3 until you reach the optimal range.

    It’s crucial to discuss any supplement changes with your doctor, as individual needs may differ based on factors such as health conditions, medications, and overall health status. Your doctor can provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific needs and ensure that any new supplements are safe and appropriate for you.

    I hope this information helps you enhance your bone health journey even further. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants!
    – Manja

  104. Valerie

    May 20, 2024 , 5:30 am

    It is so confusing for a breast cancer survivor. We’ve been told not to take it…although I had taken it for at least 2 years before I found this out. It was your site that opened my eyes to the danger of it if a breast cancer survivor… but I didn’t read any indications for br ca survivors on this page. Are you dating that your product is safe for all ?

  105. Yoori AlgaeCal

    May 21, 2024 , 7:30 pm

    Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concern, Valerie. As we are not medical professionals, we suggest consulting your oncologist before taking any supplement. I could not find any articles on our website related to taking collagen for breast cancer survivors. Could you share a link to the article you came across? We’d be happy to look into this further for you!
    – Yoori

  106. Margery J. Hohl

    May 20, 2024 , 8:47 am

    Question: Can a person take collagen if they have had a mastectomy on one breast? Mine was carcinova in situ, required no radiation, chemo or further treatment!

  107. Samantha AlgaeCal

    May 20, 2024 , 10:42 am

    Margery, when adding something new to your regimen, such as a collagen supplement, we always recommend consulting with a doctor and/or pharmacist for their best recommendation based on your current health status!
    – Sam

  108. Sandra Fontana

    May 20, 2024 , 1:49 pm

    Does your collagen increase estrogen? This would be very important to know if your on a estrogen blocker.

  109. Marilyn Jeffryes

    May 22, 2024 , 7:03 am

    When is the release date for Algae Cal Collagen?

  110. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 22, 2024 , 9:11 am

    Thanks for your interest in Algae Cal Collagen, Marilyn! We’re really excited to launch it soon and hear what you think.

    We don’t have a confirmed release date just yet, but we’re putting the finishing touches on everything and want to make sure it’s perfect before we unveil it.

    In the meantime, I can assure you we’ll be sure to send you an email as soon as Algae Cal Collagen is officially launched on our website.
    – Manja

  111. Els

    May 22, 2024 , 11:05 am

    I noticed that there are different kinds of collagen available, which do you suggest to strengthen bones.

  112. Els

    May 22, 2024 , 11:16 am

    which type of collagen is best. I noticed different kinds available in the store.

  113. Manja AlgaeCal

    May 22, 2024 , 12:41 pm

    You’re absolutely right, Els! There are indeed various types of collagen, each with its unique benefits. When it comes to bone health, type I collagen is particularly beneficial as it is the most abundant collagen found in bones and provides the structural framework for bone strength and density.

    As always, it’s essential to choose high-quality collagen supplements from reputable sources and consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplementation regimen, especially if you have specific health concerns or conditions. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your individual needs and help ensure you’re getting the most out of your collagen supplementation for bone strength.
    – Manja

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