How to Take AlgaeCal [PDF]

Published: October 6, 2018
Updated: April 21, 2022

For those of you who might be confused about the best way to take your AlgaeCal Plus or AlgaeCal Basic, Strontium Boost and Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil throughout the day…

We’ve got something you’ll love.

Simply print this handy chart out and stick it on your fridge. Following this daily routine will make sure your supplements are spaced out correctly, and you’ll absorb everything effectively.

Click Here to Download a Printable PDF


Scheduling Your AlgaeCal Supplements

  • AlgaeCal Plus and AlgaeCal Basic should be taken with food. For AlgaeCal Plus (4 capsules a day), most folks take 2 capsules with breakfast and 2 capsules with dinner. For AlgaeCal Basic (3 capsules a day) most folks take 1 capsule with every meal. You only need a small amount of food (just enough to stimulate the production of stomach acid to help you absorb the nutrients in the supplement), so you can take your capsules with a snack if you prefer.
  • Strontium Boost and AlgaeCal Plus/Basic should be taken 2-3 hours apart to ensure they don’t compete for absorption.
  • Strontium Boost should also be taken 2-3 hours apart from consuming calcium-rich foods. Strontium Boost can be taken with or without food (as it reads on the product label), but most folks take it right before bed on an empty stomach.
  • You can take Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil right off the spoon (it’s that tasty.) But if you prefer, you can take your Triple Power with food as it doesn’t have any interactions. In fact, lots of people enjoy taking their Triple Power with breakfast because the natural mango flavor pairs well with granola, fruits, and yogurt.

Separating AlgaeCal From Other Supplements and Medications

Other Supplements

A general rule of thumb is to take supplements containing high amounts of calcium or iron 2 to 3 hours before or after your AlgaeCal Plus or AlgaeCal Basic, and Strontium Boost. Separating these supplements will help ensure you receive maximum absorption from all your supplements.

You should also separate taking Strontium Boost from supplements containing high amounts of calcium or iron too.

Prescription Medication

It’s also best to separate certain prescription medication you take from your AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost capsules. A general rule of thumb is to separate prescription medications and AlgaeCal supplements by 2-4 hours.

For example, medications to treat thyroid conditions or acid reflux typically need to be taken at least 4 hours before or after you take your AlgaeCal supplements. If you’re unsure about your particular medications, we advise you to confirm your regimen with your doctor or pharmacist.


If You Forget To Take Your AlgaeCal

Sometimes you might forget to take your AlgaeCal supplements…but don’t worry! It happens.

If you forget to take one of your doses of AlgaeCal Plus or AlgaeCal Basic during the day, it’s best to take it a little later on rather than skip it all together (with a little snack to ensure your body absorbs the capsule, of course.)

Remember though; if you take Strontium Boost as well as AlgaeCal Plus or Basic, you need to separate taking the supplements by 2-3 hours. So if you forgot to take a dose of AlgaeCal Plus/Basic during the day and took it a little later than you usually would, when should you take your Strontium Boost?

Well, if you’ll be awake for another 2-3 hours after taking your second dose of AlgaeCal, you can still take your Strontium Boost before you go to bed. But if you take your forgotten second dose of AlgaeCal right before bedtime, take your Strontium Boost in the middle of the night. Like when you wake to use the bathroom for example.


If you still have questions about how to take your AlgaeCal supplements, or about any aspect of your bone health journey, please feel free to call one of our Bone Health Consultants toll-free at 1-844-302-4539. Or if you prefer email, you can reach us at [email protected].

Pssst…Did you know the recommended daily amount of calcium intake for women 51 and older is 1200 mg from food and supplements combined? (For other ages ranges, check out our main calcium page.)

AlgaeCal Plus (720 mg) or Basic (750 mg) will provide a good portion of your daily target, but you’ll typically still need around 500 mg of calcium from your diet too. The good news is, the Standard American Diet provides about 500 mg per day, which should get you to target!

However, we wanted to make it easy for you so we created the top sources of calcium in another of our printable PDFs: Top 42 Calcium-Rich Foods Shopping List.

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  1. Patricia Graham

    November 11, 2016 , 6:17 am

    I’ve been using Strontium Plus and AlgeaCal Plus for a couple of years (with great success according to my DEXT scans). But, I’ve been taking one Strontium Plus in the morning upon rising and one at bedtime. The recommendation above is to take it before bed. Is there a problem taking one in the morning and and one at bedtime instead of just at bedtime?

  2. Monica

    November 11, 2016 , 7:17 am

    Hi Patricia,

    You can take both capsules of Strontium Boost at the same time to make it easier. We do recommend right before bed because when people wake-up they usually have breakfast soon after. Strontium should not be taken within 2-3 hours of calcium-containing foods so it makes it easier to take it at night, a few hours after dinner and before bed to avoid any absorption issues. But, if you take it in the morning and don’t eat 2-3 hours after taking it, then you can continue your routine!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  3. Kandy Hutman

    November 11, 2016 , 6:45 am

    This information is very helpful and important.
    Having the photo behind the important information is very distracting. is there a way to send it again without the picture of the woman.

  4. Monica

    November 11, 2016 , 7:18 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for the feedback! I just sent you a new version without the picture in the back via email 🙂

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  5. Ellen Engle

    November 11, 2016 , 7:38 am

    I’ve always taken my Strontium Boost about halfway between breakfast and dinner, leaving 3-4 hours either direction. Is there any reason bedtime would be better?

  6. Monica

    November 11, 2016 , 9:15 am

    Hi Ellen,

    As long as you are taking Strontium Boost 2-3 hours apart from meals, it is fine. Most people find it easier to take it right before bed, but if your routine works, then that is great!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  7. Barbara Brown

    November 11, 2016 , 5:30 pm

    My husband and I take Strontium at lunch time to keep it away from the Algaecal Plus but as we have not been on it for long I don’t know if this is working. As we are retired we usually have meat, salad and potatoes for lunch so I didn’t think it was a problem as I don’t think there is any calcium in this type of meal. Should we change to before bed?

  8. Monica

    November 14, 2016 , 12:57 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    Taking Strontium Boost at bed will definitely yield the best result. In a salad depending on the portion and type of veggies, there can be between 50 to 100mg or even more of calcium. Those would occupy the receptors strontium needs in order to be absorbed and may cause some Strontium Boost to be flushed out from your system. Ideally, Strontium Boost should not be taken with a meal.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  9. Dhatreyi

    November 11, 2016 , 6:28 pm

    I am taking Vegan EPA+DHA with10000IU Vit. D by Spectrum with food. Will that interfere with my AlgaeCal Plus at all?
    Thanks

  10. Monica

    November 12, 2016 , 8:50 pm

    Hi Dhatreyi,

    These will not interfere with AlgaeCal Plus 🙂

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  11. Liz Williams

    November 11, 2016 , 9:46 pm

    How do AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost fit in with my thyroid med dose? Currently I take the AlgaeCal with breakfast and dinner, the thyroid medication at bedtime and the strontium on waking, which is several hours before breakfast.

  12. Monica

    November 14, 2016 , 12:55 pm

    Hi Liz,

    Usually, thyroid medications are taken first thing in the morning and so we would recommend AlgaeCal Plus at lunch and dinner (4 hours apart to prevent any possible interaction) and Strontium Boost at bedtime.

    But your current schedule works as well!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  13. Eleanor

    November 12, 2016 , 1:33 am

    Thank you for that information
    I usually have wholemeal toast for breakfast
    I have read it’s not good to take calcium supplement for two hours after whole grain foods
    So do you think this applys to me algaecal
    It would be so helpful to know
    Kind regards

  14. Monica

    November 12, 2016 , 9:00 pm

    Hi Eleanor,

    It’s true that you should avoid eating foods with phytic acid and oxalic acid when taking AlgaeCal or other supplements. Wheat and whole grains tend to be high in these acids, but don’t affect calcium absorption as much as other foods such as spinach, beans, nuts, and seeds. [https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/] For extra precaution you could space this out. If you’d like to call in and speak more in depth about this with one of our Bone Health Advisors you can do so toll-free Canada and USA: 1-800-820-0184.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  15. SuAnn Cannon

    July 17, 2019 , 10:39 am

    I hadn’t even heard about phytic and oxalic acid. So now I’m confused. I eat a lot of berries which shows there is a considerable amount of oxalic acid in them. Crazy trying to eat healthy and not interfere with calcium absorption. Can you shed any light on this? Thank you!

  16. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 17, 2019 , 3:58 pm

    We understand this can be confusing, SuAnn! Many healthy foods contain phytic and oxalic acid – even spinach. We have a detailed post on this which you may find helpful – click here to view.

    Let us know if you have any further questions! ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  17. Brittha buckley

    November 13, 2016 , 12:47 am

    I take my Algaecal plus with my breakfast ,smoothie which consists of seeds, black sesame ,hemp,sunflower ,fruits and Veg plus almond milk. What do you suggest I should have for breakfast .

  18. Monica

    November 13, 2016 , 10:14 am

    Hi Brittha,

    Sounds like a nutrient-packed breakfast! You could add some greens or healthy fats like avocado as well :). Keep it up!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  19. Joy

    December 22, 2016 , 3:22 am

    Your printable dose information doesn’t specify what size of spoonful????

  20. Monica

    December 22, 2016 , 8:11 am

    Hi Joy,

    Sorry about that – it’s a tablespoon for Triple Power.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  21. Vicki Kaufman

    December 28, 2016 , 9:22 pm

    I measure out one tablespoon of Triple Power each day. My bottle lasts about 18 days, not 28 as stated on the label. Is my measuring spoon too big? Am I taking too much?

  22. Monica

    December 29, 2016 , 8:12 am

    Hi Vicki,

    Yes, it seems like you’ve been taking more than one tablespoon per day. It should be equivalent to 15g per day, which will give you 28 days of Triple Power.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  23. Linda

    February 9, 2017 , 8:31 pm

    I cannot swallow pills. Is it okay to mix AlgaeCal in milk and drink it? I do not know if it is good to take it with milk or if water would be better… Thanks

  24. Monica

    February 10, 2017 , 8:10 am

    Hi Linda,

    You can absolutely pull apart the capsules and put the powder in milk or juice. We also recommend apple sauce or yogurt as alternatives too, depending on your tastes.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  25. Esther

    February 1, 2020 , 7:39 pm

    I like to mix the powder into applesauce or peanut butter. (Is PB okay?) I’m a little clumsy when I open the capsules. It would be great if, instead of capsules, you could sell the powder. Thanks.

  26. Megan AlgaeCal

    February 3, 2020 , 3:28 pm

    Hi Esther, thanks for your feedback – we’ll pass this suggestion along to the team!

    No worries mixing the powder into peanut butter and applesauce – both are great ideas! ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  27. Paulette M BEYRIES

    July 22, 2017 , 5:21 am

    since i started to take algaeCal + strontium (2 algaecal w/BRF and 2 w/dinner – 2 strontium w/lunch + 1 probiotic before bed time) i feel blooded and always thursty specialy when i wake up, i also have headaches.
    do you think it has anything to do with it or should i take it at different time?
    Thanks for your help

  28. Monica

    July 23, 2017 , 9:02 am

    Hi Paulette,

    Although uncommon, increased thirst after probiotic supplementation has been reported as a side effect. Switching to a different probiotic, supplementing with a lower dose or discontinuing altogether are options – but it is best to discuss this with your doctor.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  29. Hawaii Parlor

    November 17, 2017 , 7:49 pm

    Can I take AlgaeCal plus and caltrate together.

  30. Monica

    November 18, 2017 , 12:07 am

    Hi Hawaii Parlor,

    If you are taking a daily dose of AlgaeCal Plus, which provides you 720 mg of calcium, you will be getting the recommended 1200 mg of calcium per day from all sources as the Standard American Diet also provides ~400-600 mg of calcium. So you shouldn’t be needing to take additional supplemental calcium like calcium citrate unless your doctor has suggested this for whatever reason. If so, AlgaeCal Plus would still be the optimal calcium source over calcium citrate.

    Is there a particular reason you’d like to take two different calcium sources? If you’d like to call in and speak to a Bone Health Consultant they can discuss what may be best for you – and how to take your supplements if needed. You can call 1-800-820-0184.

    Hope that helps!

    – Monica

  31. Robin

    December 30, 2017 , 7:57 am

    Does taking additional magnesium at the same time as strontium effect absorption of strontium?

  32. Jenna AlgaeCal

    January 3, 2018 , 7:53 am

    Hi Robin,

    Great question! You can absolutely take additional magnesium at the same time as the Strontium Boost; they will not interfere with the absorption of each other.

    If you have any other questions about how to take AlgaeCal, you can always email [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184 to speak with one of our Bone Health Consultants!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  33. Sharon J Gordon

    January 18, 2018 , 8:41 am

    What is the difference between Algae Cal Plus and Basic?

  34. Jenna AlgaeCal

    January 19, 2018 , 9:30 am

    Hi Sharon,

    Great question! AlgaeCal Plus is our bone-building formulation that is for any adult looking to maintain or increase their bone density. It has added bone-building vitamins that aren’t found in AlgaeCal Basic, like vitamin C, vitamin K2, boron, and extra magnesium.

    The AlgaeCal Basic formulation is great for those taking certain prescription anticoagulant medications. If that is the case, then we highly recommend the AlgaeCal Basic formulation, as the vitamin K2 in AlgaeCal Plus is contraindicated with those drugs.

    Please let us know if you have any questions or need help selecting the right formulation for you! You can call 1-800-820-0184 or email [email protected], and our Bone Health Consultants will be happy to assist you 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  35. patricia sisca

    January 20, 2018 , 3:50 pm

    this is all new to me. so I take a statin every night before bed..the strontium wont interfere with that?

  36. Jenna AlgaeCal

    January 25, 2018 , 1:23 pm

    Hi Patricia,

    Great question! Most medications need to be separate from AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium Boost by at least 2 hours to avoid any possible absorption interactions. You can certainly take the Strontium Boost at a different time of the day, for example in between mealtimes.

    Our Bone Health Consultants would be happy to help create a schedule that best suits your lifestyle! Feel free to email [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184.

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  37. Nina Viakara

    January 29, 2018 , 2:53 pm

    Hi! I have been taking Caltrate tablets, one tablet a day for maintenance of my bones. It has 600 mg of Calcium and 800 IU of Vitamin D3. I am going to start taking AlgaeCal Plus. Do I have to stop Caltrate or can take both?

    Thanks
    Nina

  38. Jenna AlgaeCal

    January 30, 2018 , 11:22 am

    Hi Nina,

    We’re happy to see one of our Bone Health Consultants has responded to your questions via email! To reiterate, it is unnecessary to take additional calcium as you will be getting all of the calcium you need from AlgaeCal Plus & your daily diet. However, you may need to take additional vitamin D3 (as most of us are deficient!) If you have any further questions or concerns, you can also call to speak with one of our Bone Health Consultants, who will be glad to help you at 1-800-820-0184.

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  39. Cherri

    April 16, 2018 , 8:14 am

    I take my thyroid med in the morning. I have to wait 4 hours to consume any calcium food or product. So I am taking the Algaecal with lunch and dinner. However, I can’t figure out when to take my multi, which contains a small amount of calcium as well. Also taking Stronium at bed time.
    Also my multi contains K, and the Algaecal K2. Any issue with taking both?

  40. Jenna AlgaeCal

    April 18, 2018 , 3:39 pm

    Hi Cherri,

    It sounds like you are right on track with scheduling your AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium Boost! To avoid absorption interactions, we recommend keeping your multivitamin at least 2 hours apart from AlgaeCal products. You could take your multi between lunch and dinner, or between dinner and bedtime. Keep in mind, AlgaeCal is providing you with all of the vitamins and minerals necessary for bone building. If you would still like to continue your multi, that’s no problem! There’s no issue with taking both as long as they are kept at least 2 hours apart.

    If you need any further assistance with scheduling feel free to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  41. Janet Lijeron

    June 22, 2018 , 6:41 am

    I take a reflux med before breakfast (6 :00 am)
    AlgaeCal afterward around 8:30 am
    and again after lunch around 1 pm
    and a cholesterol med before bedtime…9:30 or at the latest,10:00 pm
    Q. If I begin Strontium Boost, when would
    I take it?

  42. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 29, 2018 , 9:36 am

    Hi Janet,

    We’re glad you reached out! You can expect an email shortly from our Bone Health Consultants with their best recommendations! 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  43. Cathy Beckett

    July 5, 2018 , 1:24 am

    I have just started to take Algaecal and Strontium Boost but have been taking Evacal D3. Is it worth continuing to take these – or at least 1 tablet per day – for the extra D3?

  44. Jenna AlgaeCal

    July 10, 2018 , 4:16 pm

    Hi Cathy,

    You’ll be getting all of the calcium your body needs from AlgaeCal and your diet! So we wouldn’t recommend continuing with additional supplementation that contains calcium.

    In saying that, it’s usually still a good idea to supplement with vitamin D3! The daily dose of AlgaeCal contains 1,600 IU, however the majority of people are deficient, and you may need more than this. We always suggest having your vitamin D levels checked via a blood test to determine your unique needs (some people do require up to 10,000 IU per day, so it’s really important to do this). When you have the result of your blood test, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount here.

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  45. Lisa

    August 12, 2018 , 5:25 am

    I’m trying to figure out a schedule for taking algaeCal and strontium along with my bio-identical hormones and other meds. is this schedule ok? Yikes…

    Thyroid meds first thing in the morning
    DIM with my coffee
    Diabetes med after breakfast
    Biest cream after morning shower
    Algae Cal before or after lunch
    AlgaeCal before dinner
    Diabetes med after dinner
    Strontium at bedtime with progesterone pill

  46. Jenna AlgaeCal

    August 15, 2018 , 9:31 am

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for taking the time to write out everything you’re taking! Our Bone Health Consultants will send you an email from [email protected] within the next 24 hours with their suggestions for the optimal schedule.

    If you have any questions in the meantime you can give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  47. Susan

    September 4, 2018 , 9:09 am

    I didn’t take Strontium correctly with the AlgaeCal and so I have some of it left over. Can I take it by itself or do I have to have the other tablet too? If so, can I order just the AlgaeCal by itself?

  48. Jenna AlgaeCal

    September 7, 2018 , 10:39 am

    Hi Susan,

    We always recommend taking AlgaeCal Plus alongside Strontium Boost for the best possible results. You can purchase AlgaeCal Plus on its own here.

    If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  49. Lana Hilton

    October 19, 2018 , 10:09 am

    Is it alright to take a B 12 with Strontium before going to bed?

  50. Jenna AlgaeCal

    October 23, 2018 , 11:43 am

    Yes, you can take them together Lana!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  51. Susan

    October 24, 2018 , 6:51 am

    Thank you for all of the helpful information that you are providing!

  52. Helen

    October 31, 2018 , 6:04 pm

    I usually take my Strontium at 11:00PM. Now I need to take an antibiotic. How far apart should I take the antibiotic after taking Strontium? Any interaction between the two?
    Thanks for an answer.

  53. Jenna AlgaeCal

    November 5, 2018 , 3:26 pm

    Hi Helen,

    As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to keep your antibiotic at least 2-3 hours apart from AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. This will ensure there are no absorption interactions!

    If you need any help fitting this into your schedule feel free to call us at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  54. Melanie Lauzon

    November 9, 2018 , 1:01 am

    Hi. I am taking my Strontium just before bedtime. My question is about the spacing of my AlgaeCal. I try to stick to time restrictive eating. This means I often don’t eat until mid afternoon, and then early evening. Does taking the AlgaeCal so close together pose a problem? What time period, if any, do I need to have for my two lots of two AlgaeCal tablets? Thank you. Melanie in England.

  55. Jenna AlgaeCal

    November 12, 2018 , 2:20 pm

    Hi Melanie,

    Your doses of AlgaeCal Plus should be kept a minimum of two hours apart! It sounds like this should fit into your routine well, but if you need any assistance with scheduling please let us know.

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  56. Jen

    December 2, 2018 , 10:14 am

    Hi I’m taking the AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost at Bedtime. 2 questions here 1: I’m headache prone and when I take 2 Strontium on some occasions I have gotten a headache so I have reduced it to 1 pill. Is this better than nothing? Secondly, I mix my AlgaeCal into my breakfast shake by opening the capsules as I have trouble with some pills. Can I mix it into my food? Also can I open the Strontium pills at bedtime and if so what can I put it in not to lessen the effect?

  57. Jenna AlgaeCal

    December 17, 2018 , 2:18 pm

    Thanks for reaching out, Jen!

    1. We’re so sorry to hear you’ve been having a bit of trouble with the Strontium. Yes, 1 capsule of Strontium Boost is better than nothing. Of course, we do recommend taking 2 capsules if possible to maximize the benefits — as the best results in our human clinical studies were seen with the full dose!

    Jen, it’s uncommon for Strontium Boost to cause any reaction because it’s natural, and human clinically tested to not cause side effects. In saying that, we understand everyone is different and can react to natural vitamins or minerals. We would love to work with you to identify if it is strontium which is bothering you, or perhaps something else! Have you had a chance to stop the strontium and try a slow reintroduction back into your daily regimen?

    2. You can absolutely mix your AlgaeCal into food! You can do the same with your Strontium Boost, just be sure the food is low in calcium (contains less than 100 mg). AlgaeCal mixes well into semi-solid foods, such as applesauce, mashed banana, and peanut butter.

    Hopefully this is helpful! Feel free to contact our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 if you have questions or need support throughout the reintroduction process ❤️

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  58. Gwendolyn Denise Williams

    April 18, 2019 , 7:21 pm

    I agree. I had to come off the algaecal and strontium supplements too at first. My body reacts funny to new meds. So I called the hotline and she advised me to come off all the supplements and restart them slowly after all the symptoms had dissipated, then slowly reintroduce them back. I am almost to therapeutic level and no problem. My next addition the strontium…but so far so good! Just to encourage you to hang in there.

  59. Jessie

    December 30, 2018 , 9:14 pm

    Hi is it OK to take the Strontium first thing in the morning when i know my stomach is empty.

    I tend to eat around 7:30/8:00 and around 9pm I might have tea with milk. Is this OK?

    Let me know. Thank you.

  60. Jenna AlgaeCal

    December 31, 2018 , 3:04 pm

    Hi Jessie,

    You can take Strontium Boost anytime as long as it’s kept 2+ hours apart from foods and drinks rich in calcium! If you’re only adding a small amount of milk to your tea which contains less than 100 mg calcium that would be no problem. 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  61. Doris Parico

    January 4, 2019 , 2:05 pm

    I am taking the algaecal and strontium as described. I was told to take vit k, but not sure when to take it. Also, I take a probiotic at bedtime. How do I take all these and get the most benefit?

  62. Jenna AlgaeCal

    January 7, 2019 , 2:39 pm

    Hi Doris,

    You can take the vitamin K and probiotic with your AlgaeCal supplements! For more information on scheduling please don’t hesitate to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184.

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  63. Linda Soresi

    January 8, 2019 , 10:16 am

    Is it true that caffeine can interfere with the absorption of calcium?

  64. Jenna AlgaeCal

    January 14, 2019 , 3:20 pm

    Hi Linda,

    We have an awesome blog post on caffeine and osteoporosis that answers your question here!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  65. Wendy

    March 22, 2019 , 8:33 pm

    I am taking just the Algaecal 2X per day, opened and mixed in applesauce. Can I eat calcium rich foods with it?.

  66. Jenna AlgaeCal

    March 27, 2019 , 9:32 am

    Absolutely, Wendy!

    Calcium-rich foods only need to be separated from the Strontium Boost. 🙂

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  67. Angela

    July 19, 2019 , 1:41 pm

    So, no problem opening up the AlgaeCal plus and mixing with food like yogurt?

  68. Megan AlgaeCal

    July 19, 2019 , 2:06 pm

    Hi Angela, thanks for checking in!

    Mixing AlgaeCal Plus with yogurt is a great idea! Others have also mixed it with smoothies, nut butters, cottage cheese, or anything with that semi-solid” consistency. We simply don’t recommend mixing it into very hot foods

  69. Margaret

    January 17, 2020 , 1:48 am

    I have read that only 500mg of calcium can be absorbed at one time, so would it not be advisable to check that a food source eaten at the same time as taking AlgaeCal, such as yoghurt or other dairy products contained only 140 mg or less?

  70. Megan AlgaeCal

    January 21, 2020 , 8:34 am

    Hi Margaret, thanks for pointing that out!

    Yes, you’re absolutely right that we suggest trying to keep food sources of calcium at 140mg or less if taken with AlgaeCal. We want to balance this guideline with making it as easy as possible to fit AlgaeCal into your daily schedule, so if yogurt is a typical breakfast or snack and it provides slightly more than 140mg, then that’s okay 🙂

    Thanks again for bringing up this important point!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  71. Brenda

    March 27, 2019 , 10:41 am

    I have been taking the AlgaeCal plus and the Strontium since last Sept. I have started taking the Strontium about 2 1/2 hrs. after lunch, which is noon. I eat cottage cheese and unsweetened peaches. I take the AlgaeCal with Breakfast and around 5:30/6:00. I was noticing that in the mornings I was really groggy and NO energy! Since I changed the time on the Strontium, I feel a LOT better in the morning! Just wanted to make sure this time frame would be ok.

  72. Jenna AlgaeCal

    March 27, 2019 , 11:50 am

    Glad to hear you found a schedule that feels right for you, Brenda! It’s no problem to take your Strontium Boost in the daytime as long as it’s 2+ hours apart from AlgaeCal Plus and calcium-rich foods — just like you’re doing. ?

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  73. Sherry Banaka

    April 28, 2019 , 12:50 pm

    I’m having a hard time figuring out when to take my AlgaeCal Plus. I try to limit my foods to organic and typically have a 4 oz glass of orange juice and a small whole grain breakfast bar with my morning coffee, followed by probiotic yogurt mixed with whole grain granola and blueberries or cherries. If I snack, it’s usually a combination of nuts and seeds or whole grain chips, and occasionally some dark chocolate. For lunch and dinner, I usually eat some combination of leafy greens like spinach or baby greens, vegetables, eggs, chicken or turkey, lentils or beans, some cheese, and occasionally ham or beef. According to the information posted above, I should not consume any of these except the eggs and meats with the AlgaeCal, since most of the foods I eat will apparently interfere with absorption. Can you please advise me when I should take the AlgaeCal Plus? (I also take StrontiumBoost at bedtime with an apple and peanut butter, and apparently that’s not a problem.)

  74. Jenna AlgaeCal

    April 29, 2019 , 2:29 pm

    I’m glad you reached out, Sherry! It sounds like there may be some confusion — there’s no restriction on the types of food you can have with AlgaeCal Plus, so you could take it with the meals or snacks you outlined. (Which sound very healthy and delicious by the way!)

    You only need to keep your Strontium Boost separate from calcium-rich foods to avoid absorption interactions. An apple and peanut butter are no problem, as you said.

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

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  75. Carole

    June 7, 2019 , 6:34 am

    I have been taking AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost for about 3 weeks now. My total calcium intake seems to be greater than 1200mg. unless my calculations are wrong. Is that a problem?

  76. Jenna AlgaeCal

    June 12, 2019 , 9:57 am

    Hi Carole,

    Good question. You do want to be consuming at least 1,200 mg of calcium each day, but no more than 1,500 mg regularly (on occasion going over is no big deal!) Keep in mind, the calcium you’re consuming on top of what’s in AlgaeCal should be coming from food sources, and not from additional supplementation. To double check the amount of calcium you’re getting from your diet we suggest using an app like MyFitnessPal for a few days.

    If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

    – Jenna @ AlgaeCal

  77. Geri Rosa-Brown

    July 26, 2019 , 6:47 am

    My goodness you guys just cover everything. Kudos to you all, great job. Coming up on a week of AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. My bones are thanking me:)

  78. Megan AlgaeCal

    July 26, 2019 , 10:46 am

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Geri! ❤️

    Feel free to reach out to us if you ever have any questions – we’re here to support you throughout your bone health journey! ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  79. Linda Speranza

    July 30, 2019 , 6:12 am

    I just started AlgaeCal Plus and strontium.
    I take my
    -thyroid medication at 6:00 am
    -Eat breakfast and take 2 AlgaeCal and 2000 units of vitamin D at 10:00 am
    -take my 2 strontium at 2:00 pm
    – eat dinner and take my 2AlgaeCal between 5 or 6 pm.
    – I also like to take 1000mg Vitamin C, hair, skin and nails vitamin, kelp, B-12 and collagen pill. When should I take the extra pills and also am I spacing the AlgaeCal and Strontium ok?
    Also I’m finding the AlgaeCal or strontium constipating. What can I take to help with that? Thanks!

  80. Blaire AlgaeCal

    July 30, 2019 , 11:23 am

    Hi Linda,

    Looks like you’re doing an awesome job spacing the AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost! It’s great to see you are keeping the thyroid medication 4 hours away from our products. You can take the other supplements you listed alongside AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. However, if any of your supplements contain calcium, magnesium, iron, or zinc, please take them at least 2 hours away from our products.

    We’re so sorry to hear that you have been experiencing constipation while taking our products. This is unusual and not something you should be experiencing with AlgaeCal Plus or Strontium Boost! Constipation can be a sign of a calcium/magnesium imbalance and is often something that is easily rectified through dietary changes and the right nutrition. Please email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 – we would love to work with you to determine the cause and make sure you are feeling 100%. Remember, we’re here to support you along your bone health journey! ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  81. janice Robbins

    August 1, 2019 , 10:40 am

    I can’t find the way to ask my questions about when to take my Algae Cal and Strontium Boost. I take meds for thyroid, reflux, and high blood pressure along with other vitamins. I see that there is supposed to be a four hour time between thyroid and reflux meds (supposed to take those twice a day) and the Algae Cal. I was taking the Strontium at bedtime along with my blood pressure med and now see that isn’t recommended. How in the world can I work all of this in???

  82. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 2, 2019 , 1:36 pm

    Hi Janice,

    So glad you reached out to us! We understand balancing your medications and our supplements can be daunting at first – we’re more than happy to set up a schedule for you. Yes, AlgaeCal products should be separated from thyroid medications by 4 hours and from H-2 blockers by 3-4 hours. Please email [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184 with the times you take each medication and your other vitamins. Our Bone Health Consultants will help work everything into your day and create a detailed, personalized schedule ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  83. Linda

    August 2, 2019 , 4:23 am

    Hi Blair’s,
    Can you have allergic reaction to Algaecal or strontium? I’ve been taking them now for 6 days and my throat is on fire! It burns and is very red. I called one of your people to find out what to do and he said to stop them right away until the burning goes away and then start the AlgaeCal first slowly cutting the dose in half to see what happens. If nothing happens then start the strontium to see if any reaction to that. I’m hoping I can figure it out. Have you heard of that reaction before?

  84. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 2, 2019 , 3:56 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for getting back to us! So sorry to hear about your throat – that sounds very painful. It is unlikely to develop an allergic reaction to AlgaeCal products; however, it is still possible to experience a sensitivity. It’s best to consult with your doctor/allergist for their recommendation. Have you tried the slow reintroduction yet? Please keep us updated on how it goes and we’re hoping this clears up very soon for you!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  85. Linda

    August 3, 2019 , 3:54 am

    Hi Blaire,
    I got off the AlgaeCal and strontium and the next day my throat was 90% better. I’ll wait 1 more day to start reintroducing the AlgaeCal by 1/2 a dose to see what happens. I’ll increase AlgaeCal and strontium slowly. Hopefully this works

  86. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 7, 2019 , 11:32 am

    Hi Linda!

    Thanks for keeping us updated and we’re so glad to hear that you’re feeling better! 🙂 Everyone is different and it’s important to adjust the dosage based on what your body is comfortable with – slowly reintroducing AlgaeCal & Strontium is the perfect way to figure this out!

    Please do continue to update us – we’re here to support you throughout your bone health journey! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  87. Leo Hollon

    October 1, 2019 , 11:35 am

    One of the Algae clients commented that she takes her Sr at night with an apple and peanut butter. HOWEVER, AlgaeCal’s schedule at the beginning of these comments states Sr should be taken on an empty stomach?

    Please clarify and keep up the good work and comments – I am about to venture into taking the AlgaeCal+ combo i.e Sr. I find these Q&A’s extremely helpful .

  88. Megan AlgaeCal

    October 4, 2019 , 10:03 am

    Hi Leo!

    Thank you for your kind words! ? We’re so glad you’re finding the Q&As helpful.

    Sorry for the confusion! While Strontium Boost is commonly taken on an empty stomach, it can be taken either with or without food. We simply recommend keeping it 2+ hours apart from foods rich in calcium (100mg or more). This is because calcium and strontium will compete with each other for absorption if taken together!

    Hope this helps and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions, Leo! ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  89. peggy kilgore

    October 2, 2019 , 4:48 pm

    I take magnesium supplements and it is hard to separate 2 hours between taking algaecal. It looks like algaecal has magnesium in it, so why can’t you take magnesium with the Algaecal? I am so confused, and it’s hard to get them all in sometimes at night there is not enough time.

  90. Megan AlgaeCal

    October 4, 2019 , 10:50 am

    Hi Peggy, thanks for reaching out!

    Sorry to have caused any confusion! The amount of magnesium in AlgaeCal would not be enough to interfere with the absorption of calcium. However, taking large amounts of magnesium may reduce absorption of the calcium in AlgaeCal. Peggy, keep in mind that a daily serving of AlgaeCal Plus provides 350mg of magnesium and for most people, another magnesium supplement is not necessary as a balanced diet combined with the 350mg in AlgaeCal Plus is generally enough to meet daily requirements.

    If you do continue to take an additional magnesium supplement, it can be taken at the same time as Strontium Boost but it’s best to take it at least 2 hours apart from AlgaeCal Plus.

    Hope this is somewhat helpful, Peggy! For more information on scheduling please don’t hesitate to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184. Sometimes it’s a little easier to discuss over the phone and they’d be more than happy to help you create a personalized schedule! 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  91. Abigail

    November 28, 2019 , 8:04 pm

    thank you, Megan; your reply to Peggy regarding magnesium was informative and helpful.

  92. Megan AlgaeCal

    November 29, 2019 , 9:51 am

    Glad you found the information helpful, Abigail! We’re always happy to help ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  93. Randy

    October 3, 2019 , 6:57 pm

    Hi,

    I have two questions:

    Are these products vegan?

    Also, I have to take a blood thinner. Would this pose a problem for me?

    Thank you,
    Randy

  94. Blaire AlgaeCal

    October 4, 2019 , 10:07 am

    Hi Randy,

    Good questions! Although AlgaeCal is indeed vegetarian, it is not vegan. The source for our vitamin D3 is lanolin (from wool wax). No animals are harmed in the making of this, but it is considered an animal product, and therefore AlgaeCal is not considered vegan.

    For anyone taking an older class of blood thinner, we have a formulation called AlgaeCal Basic which does not contain vitamin K2! You can see it here.

    Let us know if you have any further questions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  95. Dee McNeal

    November 6, 2019 , 12:50 pm

    After a bottle of algae also
    and Strontium, decided I would discontinue to see if the weakness in my muscles would be better and it was, so after a couple of weeks started again and same problem. Just wondering if anyone else has reported muscle weakness.

  96. Blaire AlgaeCal

    November 7, 2019 , 11:39 am

    Hi Dee,

    We’re so sorry to hear, this is very unusual and not something you should be experiencing with AlgaeCal! Please email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 – we would love to work with you to determine the cause of what you’ve been experiencing and make sure you are feeling 100%. Remember, we’re here to support you along your bone health journey! ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  97. Phyllis F. Ransom

    November 30, 2019 , 1:33 pm

    Do I need to be drinking more water while taking all of this calcium? Also, is it ok to take my D3, 5000 mg daily?

  98. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 3, 2019 , 2:13 pm

    Hi Phyllis, thanks for reaching out!

    Yes, drinking more water will help your body adjust to taking a new supplement. A helpful way to remember this is to simply drink an extra cup of water each time you take AlgaeCal. Since vitamin D3 supplementation requirements vary greatly from person to person, it’s important to assess how much you need. You’ll find our article on vitamin D helpful for this.

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  99. Vaerie

    December 11, 2019 , 4:47 pm

    I eat grapefruit every morning with breakfast, will that interfere with algaecal plus or strontium?

  100. Blaire AlgaeCal

    December 12, 2019 , 9:02 am

    Good question, Vaerie! Not to worry, you can eat a grapefruit alongside taking AlgaeCal Plus/Strontium Boost — there are no interactions ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  101. Peggy

    December 27, 2019 , 6:47 pm

    I am taking Hydrochlorot 1/2 tab in the AM daily for elevated para-thyroid which dr tell me that is why the calcium is leached out of my bones…Does that interfere with the morning algae cal? Thanks! Peggy

  102. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 31, 2019 , 9:31 am

    Hi Peggy, thanks for reaching out!

    The medication you’re taking doesn’t interact with AlgaeCal, so no need to worry about spacing it out! If you haven’t already, we would encourage you to ask your doctor about the underlying cause of your elevated parathyroid hormone so that it can be addressed. Hope this helps!

    By the way, Peggy, have you joined the AlgaeCal Community yet? It’s a supportive space for AlgaeCal customers to learn and grow together! We’d love for you to join here. ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  103. Sharon

    December 16, 2019 , 1:23 pm

    I take a low dose Ca channel blocker. Is this one of the blood pressure meds affected by AlgaeCal?

  104. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 17, 2019 , 11:19 am

    Hi Sharon, thanks for checking in!

    No need to separate these medications from AlgaeCal as they don’t interact. For specific medical conditions, we would recommend checking in with your doctor to see if AlgaeCal is appropriate for you at this time. We have an excellent information sheet you can share with them here.

    Hope this helps and feel free to let us know if you have any other questions! ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  105. Holly

    December 21, 2019 , 7:44 pm

    Hello there — I have just ordered the Bone Builder Pack and will be starting it soon. I frequently adhere to an intermittent fasting regimen in which I eat ONLY one meal a day (around 5pm).
    As an FYI, I do have a cup of coffee with cream every morning which isn’t considered a break in the fast.
    My question is, should I take all 4 of my daily AlgaeCalPlus with the one evening meal? Or is the cream in the AM sufficient to process the Calcium?
    (Taking the Strontium before bed hours 2-4 hours after eating is of course no problem.)
    Thanks!

  106. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 24, 2019 , 9:51 am

    Hi Holly,

    Glad you reached out! Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself. We would recommend taking 2 AlgaeCal Plus with your cup of coffee and 2 with your evening meal. Anything that gets your digestive juices flowing will be helpful for absorbing the nutrients in AlgaeCal Plus, so your coffee with a bit of cream will be fine 🙂

    Hope this helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184. They’re great at helping with scheduling if you’re wondering about how to best add AlgaeCal to your current supplement/medication schedule 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  107. Regina Manimalethu

    December 29, 2019 , 6:48 pm

    Can I have liquor when taking Algae Cal and Strontium? I usually have a drink at night.
    Thanks

  108. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 31, 2019 , 10:08 am

    No worries, Regina!

    You can enjoy a drink alongside AlgaeCal and/or Strontium Boost 🙂 Keep in mind that Strontium Boost should be taken at least 2 hours apart from AlgaeCal Plus or other calcium-rich (over 100mg) sources.

    Hope this helps!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  109. Maria Pelova

    January 7, 2020 , 7:55 pm

    Hi there, I understood that there are 13 trace minerals contained in the AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. I don’t see them listed on the bottle. Did I buy the right supplement?

  110. Blaire AlgaeCal

    January 8, 2020 , 9:09 am

    Hi Maria,

    So sorry for the lack of clarity — we understand where your confusion is coming from! There are indeed 13 trace minerals in AlgaeCal Plus; however, since they are in minute amounts, the trace minerals are not individually listed on the bottle. You can view more information on the trace minerals in AlgaeCal here!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  111. Pam Freeman

    January 31, 2020 , 5:26 pm

    I have advanced osteoarthritis in both knees & 4 fractured vertebrae from osteoporosis & spondilolythesis in my L5. I have only just received my 6 month supply of AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium Boost. I have already been taking other bone density supplements & vitamin D3 & K2 supplements & magnesium. So will I do any harm by adding your products or do I have to stop taking all the others? What happens if I get to much calcium?

  112. Megan AlgaeCal

    February 3, 2020 , 3:46 pm

    Hi Pam, thanks for checking in!

    Would you mind sharing the name of your other bone density supplements so we can look up the nutrition facts? We recommend you stop taking any supplements with large amounts of calcium or magnesium – AlgaeCal Plus along with a balanced diet will meet your calcium and magnesium needs.

    Vitamin D (and K2) needs vary from person to person. To learn more about how much you need, check out this link.

    We don’t want to be taking too much calcium, as this can lead to built up levels.

    By the way, Pam, we also have an article on natural arthritis remedies you may find helpful here.

    Hope this information helps! Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you have any other questions ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  113. Isabell

    February 18, 2020 , 10:32 am

    Hi, For diabetes’s type 2, who have hernia Disc, can take it algaecal? Thanks

  114. Blaire AlgaeCal

    February 19, 2020 , 8:47 am

    Hi Isabell,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    Many members of our community have diabetes and herniated discs and safely take AlgaeCal alongside. Having said that, for specific medical conditions, we recommend checking in with your doctor. We have a printable information sheet you can bring to your doctor here.

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  115. Donna

    February 2, 2020 , 12:14 pm

    Was just reading newsletter about when to take AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. I have been taking AlgaeCal with breakfast around 6 to 6:30. Then again with Lunch 11:30 to 12. I then take the Strontium Boost around 9PM. Should I switch from lunch to dinner?

  116. Megan AlgaeCal

    February 3, 2020 , 3:23 pm

    Hi Donna, good question!

    Your current schedule sounds great 🙂 No need to switch things up. Just to double-check, are you taking any medications or other supplements along with AlgaeCal?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  117. Donna

    February 4, 2020 , 7:29 am

    Only think I take is Metamucil and a probiotic. I take the probiotic at around 7:30 at night and Metamucil around 1:00 PM.

  118. Megan AlgaeCal

    February 5, 2020 , 9:17 am

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for letting us know! No need to worry about separating these from AlgaeCal 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  119. Susan

    February 9, 2020 , 5:30 am

    I have low bone density. I have been on the AlgaeCal Plus for 3 mos. I am also doing Osteogenic loading exercises. I have had some hip pain and wonder when that will go away?

  120. Megan AlgaeCal

    February 11, 2020 , 8:29 am

    Hi Susan, thanks for keeping us updated!

    While some are able to feel differences in their body, such as pain relief or feeling stronger overall, this is an individualized response and may not be the case for everyone. The most certain way to know that AlgaeCal is working is through the results of a bone density scan. Rest assured, even if you can’t feel a difference right now, know that AlgaeCal is working to strengthen your bones!

    It’s great that you’re doing exercises, Susan! If you’re interested, we provide bone-healthy exercises on our blog here. Keep in mind that exercises should not be making your pain worse, so listen to your body as you do any movements! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  121. Jane Monroe

    April 7, 2020 , 6:50 am

    Can algea call be taken with coffee, I have coffee, small amount with breakfast?
    Thanks

  122. Megan AlgaeCal

    April 7, 2020 , 7:52 am

    Hi Jane!

    Yes, you can take AlgaeCal with your morning coffee ?

    Hope this helps and if you have any other questions about scheduling, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  123. sun sereyvuth

    May 7, 2020 , 8:56 pm

    Hello, I’m sun sereyvuth, I live in Cambodia and I have my parents wich have diseases the lack of Calcium. what madication can I use for my parents or I just used the AlgaeCal Plus supplements only ?

  124. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 8, 2020 , 12:46 pm

    Hi Sun!

    AlgaeCal Plus was not designed to treat or cure any disease, but it is clinically supported to increase bone density! We would recommend discussing with a health professional about whether or not AlgaeCal is appropriate for your parents. We have a handy info sheet you can share with them here.

    You can also learn more about our products here or by emailing us at [email protected].

    Hoping this helps! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  125. Kathleen FoxTrobaugh

    June 2, 2020 , 4:00 am

    So I have been taking this product for over a year and there was a small improvement in my bone density. I wasn’t following proper way to consume your product for almost 1/2 of the year. I’ve corrected that problem. However I am confused. I am getting 720mg of calcium from your product but should be getting 1200mg per day. Where do I get the rest of my calcium? There is 50 mg in vitamins I have just started. I also have Kidney stones so can’t consume tooooo much calcium.
    My other question is can I take Strontium in early am as I get up around 6 but don’t eat breakfast til almost 10 on most days. then do algaeCal later in day cause I can sometime forget one dose and have to stay up past 12 am to get strontium in.

  126. Megan AlgaeCal

    June 2, 2020 , 10:41 am

    Hi Kathleen, glad you reached out and happy to hear your bone density has improved!

    You can get the rest of the calcium (around 430 mg) from foods! We have a calcium-rich foods list you may find helpful here.

    Yes, you can definitely take your Strontium Boost in the early AM, as long as it’s 2 hours apart from AlgaeCal.

    Hope this helps and if you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  127. MarkZ

    August 21, 2020 , 8:38 am

    I take a fairly large dose of PPIs daily for Gerd (possibly the reason I have osteoporosis). It looks like AC requires stomach acid to work – so does this mean it is not appropriate for me?

  128. Megan AlgaeCal

    August 21, 2020 , 1:42 pm

    Hi Mark, thanks for reaching out!

    You’re right that nutrient absorption is affected when taking a PPI. In saying that, the nutrients in a supplement are not bound within a food matrix, so far less stomach acid is needed to enable their release and absorption. We do recommend taking our products at least 4 hours apart from your PPI to maximize absorption.

    We also encourage you to consult your doctor about identifying the underlying causes of your reflux so that you can address those! We also have a post on some home remedies to help combat acid reflux here.

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

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  129. [email protected]

    October 2, 2020 , 3:44 pm

    I have been taken AlgaeCal Plus and Stronium for six months and I’m confused on eating/drinking food or milk with AlgaeCal. I am a milk fan and I really miss it especially with breakfast.
    Please help.

  130. Blaire AlgaeCal

    October 6, 2020 , 12:01 pm

    Hi there,

    So glad you reached out to us! We’re happy to help.

    Not to worry, you can consume milk/dairy products at the same time as AlgaeCal Plus ? We simply recommend that calcium-rich foods be consumed at least 2 hours away from Strontium Boost.

    Feel free to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you have further questions!

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  131. [email protected]

    October 13, 2020 , 6:56 am

    Thank you very much for getting back with me.

  132. Karen Fischer

    October 13, 2020 , 2:24 pm

    How far apart from AlgaeCal or Strontium do I have to wait to take my blood pressure medication, beta blocker?

  133. Blaire AlgaeCal

    October 14, 2020 , 10:42 am

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    Blood pressure medications such as beta blockers can typically be taken at the same time as our products. That said, please confirm any supplement or medication interactions with your pharmacist – she/he will also be able to provide you with further insight in regards to this matter. ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  134. Victoria

    November 14, 2020 , 4:23 pm

    Can I take my daily multivitamin and take Algaecal Plus and Strontium Boost? My daily multivitamin contains 1000 iu of vitamin D. My vitamin D levels were 39 at my last blood test.

  135. Megan AlgaeCal

    November 18, 2020 , 8:31 am

    Hi Victoria, good question!

    Does your multivitamin contain high amounts of calcium as well? If so, you may want to take it 2 hours apart from AlgaeCal or Strontium Boost. If you haven’t already done so, we also encourage you to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184. Not only can they help answer any questions, they can also work with you to figure out how to best incorporate AlgaeCal into your current schedule. ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  136. S. Lee

    November 25, 2020 , 12:53 pm

    Hello. I am 40 years old and my femoral neck is at the point of osteoporosis and my hip is osteopenia. Do you think, if I live to be pretty “old” that I could take AlgaeCal for 50 years??

  137. Megan AlgaeCal

    November 27, 2020 , 3:25 pm

    Hi there, good question!

    Yes, after all AlgaeCal is simply providing vitamins and minerals that your bones need to regain health and strength. To give you a bit more information about our products, we recommend taking our Bone Builder Pack (AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost) until you’re back into a healthy bone density range. At this point, we suggest AlgaeCal Plus alone for maintenance – as bone loss is a natural, ongoing process it’s important to continue overcoming bone loss with the nutrients in AlgaeCal!

    As always, if you have medical conditions or are taking medications, we recommend first consulting your doctor before starting new supplements. Hope this information helps and don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] or 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) if you have any further questions! ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  138. Veronica Phelps

    November 30, 2020 , 1:24 pm

    I take 2 Algae Cal Plus with dinner and sometimes I have wine or beer with my dinner. Does alcohol affect the absorption of Algae Cal?

  139. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 1, 2020 , 10:06 am

    Hi Veronica, good question!

    There’s no need to separate AlgaeCal from your occasional wine or beer. Thanks for checking in! ?

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  140. Dian

    December 3, 2020 , 8:48 am

    On the AlgaeCal and Strontium bottles, it clearly states Serving Size 2 Capsules.
    Which I’ve been doing daily.
    Yet now I see this article doubling the dosage. Confused!

  141. Megan AlgaeCal

    December 4, 2020 , 9:26 am

    Hi Dian, we’d love to help clarify!

    While the serving size for the nutrition label is 2 capsules, you’ll notice that under the Suggested Use section of the bottle, it says to take 4 capsules daily for increased bone strength. We apologize for any confusion!

    If you have any other questions about how to take AlgaeCal, please feel free to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). They’re available 7 days a week, 6am-4pm PST and always happy to help ❤️

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  142. Tina Boyum

    January 11, 2021 , 8:49 am

    Thank you for this well-written summary! How to take Algae Cal/Strontium has been clear to me since I started taking it in 2019, but it’s good to refresh my memory. I will print it for myself, and also to have in case friends that I’ve told about this product (who have low bone density) want good concise info if and when they decide to try it! Thanks so much for making it clear!

  143. Blaire AlgaeCal

    January 11, 2021 , 11:09 am

    It’s our pleasure, Tina! It’s so great to hear that taking AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost has been easy for you! Thank you for passing information on AlgaeCal along to your friends ❤️

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  144. Philomena Hunt

    January 24, 2021 , 3:10 am

    Do i need to take Vitamin D while taking AlgaeCal.?

    thank you.

  145. Blaire AlgaeCal

    January 25, 2021 , 1:44 pm

    Good question, Philomena!

    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.

    Hope this helps and feel free to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 for more information ?

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  146. Wilson Tammy

    February 7, 2021 , 11:48 am

    I don’t like to eat breakfast. Is a piece of fruit like a banana or orange enough to take with the algae cal plus for breakfast?

  147. Blaire AlgaeCal

    February 9, 2021 , 2:17 pm

    Great question, Wilson! Yes, that’s absolutely fine 🙂

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  148. Jill

    February 8, 2021 , 3:29 am

    Can I take Strontium first thing in morning with coffee that contains about 1-2 teaspoons of half and half creamer and still get full absorption of Strontium?

  149. Croua

    May 4, 2021 , 7:16 am

    I was wondering if you can take the products in the event a little calcium was taken or should it be absolutely no calcium at all.

  150. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 4, 2021 , 11:48 am

    Good question, Croua!

    A little calcium is okay. For Strontium Boost, we recommend no more than 100mg of calcium be taken at the same time or within 2 hours of taking Strontium Boost. For AlgaeCal, because our bodies can only absorb ~500mg of calcium at once, we recommend staying below this to maximize your calcium absorption.

    Hope this helps! For further details, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  151. Cruz Pecorella

    April 2, 2021 , 11:45 am

    Hi, I was taking TOTAL RESTORE before AlgaeCal and strontium can I still take it? Also take V-C and B-12 .Can all be taking an hour beforehand? Or any time? Thank you.

  152. Megan AlgaeCal

    April 5, 2021 , 1:49 pm

    Hi Cruz, thanks for reaching out!

    We wouldn’t expect any interactions between these supplements and AlgaeCal or Strontium Boost. You can take them at the same time if that works best for your schedule.

    Hope this helps! For any other questions about scheduling, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  153. Dianne Johnson

    April 15, 2021 , 2:37 pm

    Hello, I just started AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium and appreciate the schedule and guidance here. I am taking a Citrus Bergamot supplement with a meal. Can I take this at the same time as AlgaeCal Plus?
    Thank you, Dianne

  154. Megan AlgaeCal

    April 16, 2021 , 10:13 am

    Hi Dianne, glad you’ve enjoyed the information here!

    We wouldn’t expect any interactions between your supplement and AlgaeCal Plus. Thanks for checking in! 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  155. Val

    May 17, 2021 , 8:37 pm

    I’m to take my thyroid medication an hour before breakfast. How do I do that and take my AlgaeCal at breakfast since it would not be four hours apart? Should I take it at lunch and supper instead?

  156. Megan AlgaeCal

    May 18, 2021 , 9:41 am

    Hi Val!

    Yes, sounds like lunch and supper would work well for you 🙂 If you have any other questions about scheduling, feel free to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). They’re always happy to help!

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  157. Marla Welsh

    July 6, 2021 , 10:02 pm

    I set my alarm for 5:00 am to take my Thyroid medication so I can have my AlgaeCal Plus with breakfast at 9:00 am.

  158. ANNEMARIE BUXEY LAFRENIERE

    June 13, 2021 , 9:21 am

    I take both a beta block and an ace inhibitor for blood pressure. Scheduling the 2-4 hour difference between taking them and AlgaeCal Plus, which I take at breakfast is rather daunting. Breakfast is at 8am which is when I take my BP meds along with my prescriptions, so to keep the distance I would have to take my prescriptions at either 4am or 6am. Suggestions?
    Many thanks.

  159. Megan AlgaeCal

    June 17, 2021 , 8:43 am

    Hi Annemarie, glad you reached out!

    Would you be able to take your first AlgaeCal dose later in the day, perhaps at lunchtime or with an afternoon snack?

    We also want to let you know that not all medications require spacing out from our products. We recommend consulting your doctor or a pharmacist regarding your specific medications.

    Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll free) with any further questions 🙂

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  160. Bec Briggs

    June 21, 2021 , 11:33 am

    Really enjoying reading all these comments and suggestions.
    I am starting AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost the end of this month.
    very excited about building my bone density back up. I have Osteopenia (may be worse by now- we shall see in Aug for my next Dexa scan.

  161. Megan AlgaeCal

    June 28, 2021 , 3:22 pm

    We’re also very excited for you to start building stronger bones, Bec!

    If you have any questions about how to best schedule AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost into your daily routine, or questions about bone health in general, don’t hesitate to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184. They’re available 6am-4pm PST, seven days a week, and always happy to help 😀

    -Megan @ AlgaeCal

  162. Judith

    August 10, 2021 , 9:32 am

    After taking AlgaeCal Plus/Basic for 5 years should you stop taking for a year like a person does with bone drugs?

  163. Blaire AlgaeCal

    August 10, 2021 , 3:02 pm

    Great question, Judith!

    We recommend taking our Bone Builder Pack (AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost) until you’re back into a healthy bone density range – the amount of time this takes will vary depending on factors like the severity of bone loss, lifestyle habits, etc. Once you’re in a healthy bone density range, we recommend continuing AlgaeCal for bone health maintenance.

    Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions 🙂

    – Blaire @ AlgaeCal

  164. Gwen

    August 24, 2021 , 3:34 pm

    I was diagnosed with osteoporosis earlier this summer, and I was so excited to learn about your products and their promising bone building results. I’ve just started taking AlgaeCal Plus with the Strontium Boost a few weeks ago. My question is, should I stop drinking coffee? I LOVE coffee and have read a lot about its antioxidant properties, but I’ve also read that coffee can inhibit calcium absorption. I certainly don’t want anything to interfere with my AlgaeCal supplements. I mainly drink decaf because too much caffeine makes me jittery – don’t know if that makes a difference.

    I would appreciate any insight or advice. Thank you for your help!

  165. Ishneet AlgaeCal

    September 1, 2021 , 10:52 am

    We are so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Gwen, but we are also so glad that you found us and we would love to be part of your bone health journey!

    Coffee can increase urinary excretion of calcium, but only by a bit and this can be offset by taking your coffee with a source of calcium and eating a calcium-rich diet. Coffee recommendations differ based on body weight, but researchers suggest limiting coffee to 3 cups a day. If you’d like to learn more, we have a great article on coffee and bone health here
    If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how AlgaeCal works please feel free to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) 5am-4pm PST on weekdays and 6am-4pm PST on weekends ?

    – Ishneet @ AlgaeCal

  166. Harshida Pathak

    August 26, 2021 , 12:30 pm

    I am currently taking Algae cal bone builder packs since July 2020. I don’t take any other bone medicine but my doctor wants me to start a bone medication and like to know if I can do both. Please reply my concern

  167. Megan AlgaeCal

    September 1, 2021 , 2:28 pm

    Hi Harshida, thanks for reaching out!

    Yes, 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. After all, your bones still require the nutrients in AlgaeCal, even if you are taking bone medication.

    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 this helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to give our Bone Health Consultants a call at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). We’re available by phone 5am-4pm PST on weekdays and 6am-4pm PST on weekends and would love to hear from you. ❤️

    – Megan @ AlgaeCal

  168. Ruth

    August 27, 2021 , 8:27 pm

    Is it OK to empty the contents of the capsules into water and drink?

  169. Ishneet AlgaeCal

    September 1, 2021 , 11:45 am

    Great question, Ruth!

    We actually do not recommend adding it to the water as it contain minerals and because of their heavier nature it will not be completely soluble! You can twist open the capsules and mix the tasteless powder into foods like smoothies, yogurt, nut butters, applesauce, and oatmeal. We simply don’t recommend very hot foods or drinks as the heat may reduce the potency of some vitamins. Let us know if any questions!

    -Ishneet @ AlgaeCal

  170. Kirby Johnson

    October 7, 2021 , 3:14 pm

    Hi Cathy,

    Thank you for asking your question! We’re pleased to share than none of the medications you’ve listed would interfere with, or impact the absorption of AlgaeCal supplements. No need to implement any kind of separation schedule either! No matter what, we recommend speaking with your doctor and pharmacist to corroborate this. We encourage you to share our simple information sheet that you can see HERE.

    If you have any questions, our knowledgeable Bone Health Consultants are available 5am – 4pm PST weekdays, 6am – 4pm PST weekends at 1-877-785-6580 (US & Canada toll-free).

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  171. Polly Seale

    October 26, 2021 , 3:49 pm

    I’m just ordering my first AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost, 6 months supply. I’m just over the line into osteoporosis in my spine, osteopenia near osteoporosis in my hips and neck. I also take a natural porcine supplement for my thyroid, a combination supplement (Migravert) for my migraines that contain 360 mg magnesium, 99 mg of potassium for leg cramps and 1160 mg turmeric for arthritis. I take other supplements as well, but I’ve been reading questions from others and have cleared them. So… I’m planning on taking my thyroid med between 6-8 am, my first AlgaeCal plus with either a late breakfast or early lunch, my second AlgaeCal with dinner, and then Strontium Boost with all my other supplements before I go to bed, which includes my Migraine supplement that contains 360 mg magnesium. Will this work? Just making sure before I order my 6 months supply! Thanks for all your help.

  172. Ishneet AlgaeCal

    November 2, 2021 , 8:13 am

    We’re very excited for you to start building stronger bones, Polly!

    May we please ask you to reach out to our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free). They are available 5am-4pm PST on weekdays and 6am-4pm PST on weekends ?. They’ll be happy to work with you to come up with a personalized schedule based on your needs or answer any other questions you may have.

    – Ishneet @ AlgaeCal

  173. Sharon O’Toole

    November 18, 2021 , 4:44 pm

    Just recently started taking AlgaeCal, 2 capsules once a day, started slow as I am very sensitive to medication. After a few days introduced the Strontium Boost, one capsule at bedtime, mixed with food. After my third day of taking the Strontium Boost, I started having stomach issues. Woke up several times during the night feeling sick to my stomach. Backed off the Strontium Boost and stomach issues went away. I have not reintroduced the Strontium Boost back into my system yet. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced stomach problems when taking the Strontium Boost. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  174. Ishneet AlgaeCal

    November 23, 2021 , 2:58 pm

    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you for reaching out and we are so sorry to hear about the discomfort that you have been experiencing. Sharon, Strontium Boost should be taken 2-3 hours apart from consuming calcium-rich foods. Strontium Boost can be taken with or without food (as it reads on the product label), but most folks take it right before bed on an empty stomach. May we please suggest you to take Strontium on an empty stomach and see if that helps! We would love to work with you further to determine what’s causing this and make sure you’re feeling your best. Please call our friendly Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) or email us at [email protected] for personalized support. We look forward to hearing from you! ❤️

    -Ishneet @ AlgaeCal

  175. Barbara Keimer

    January 20, 2022 , 9:16 am

    I have been taking algacal for at least 3 years I want to know if I can take omega 3 600mg b12 zinc and Ester c with my algacal at breakfast time

  176. Kirby Johnson

    January 24, 2022 , 3:11 pm

    Barbara,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to double-check your scheduled timing of these supplements. There are no concerns taking the supplements you’ve listed above at the same time as your AlgaeCal with your breakfast. Let us know if you have any further questions!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  177. Judy Messer

    January 20, 2022 , 2:24 pm

    I have been taking Algae for
    two years and worry about
    my teeth and jaw. I understand
    some other supplements can
    affect both.

  178. Kirby Johnson

    January 25, 2022 , 11:41 am

    Hi Judy,

    Thanks for sharing your concern. AlgaeCal is clinically supported to naturally improve bone mineral density without side effects or any negative impact on teeth/jawbone health. In fact, a small number of our customers take our supplements for the sole purpose of naturally increasing their bone mineral density in the jaw/teeth to become eligible for surgery or dental procedures. While a bone density scan will typically measure critical fracture sites such as the spine and hip, you can be assured that benefits are being seen across the skeletal system! Feel free to call us at 1-800-820-0184 (USA & Canada toll-free) if you have further questions!

    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

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