What It Is: A very alkaline form of calcium in a citrate form. Citrate is a very strong alkaline buffer, and improves the absorption of calcium.
Useful For: Building and rebuilding bone, promoting an alkaline pH.*
How It Works: The calcium signal is vital to every body function. Calcium rushes into inner cells in a timely and orchestrated manner to signal the beginning of various processes. An example is the repair of muscle, which doesn’t occur without a signal from calcium to begin the repair. In this instance, low calcium levels would result in poor muscle repair, or in other words, slow recovery from injury.
Calcium citrate absorption is known to be high. It has been reported that at equal molar calcium doses, calcium citrate or calcium citrate malate was 30% more effective in reducing bone loss in postmenopausal women than calcium carbonate.
What To Look For: The most commonly used source of calcium in supplements – calcium carbonate – encourages acidemia, bone loss, excesses of free calcium, risk of cancer, kidney stones and calcium deposits. You want to be sure calcium carbonate is NOT your source of calcium.
An alkaline-buffered calcium source (i.e., calcium from cultured dairy foods, calcium citrate or calcium citrate/malate supplements) has long been known to be more effective than calcium carbonate in reducing bone loss in postmenopausal women.
Beware of using common antacids as a source of calcium, since they contain calcium carbonate.
*Supplement comments from Sam’s studies are provided for background information only. He never recommended a particular supplement without extensively evaluating a client’s individual blood chemistry results and health history, and worked with their physicians as necessary. Always consult your health provider when choosing to use a particular supplement.
Each capsule contains 150 mg calcium (as 50% calcium citrate-malate and 50% dicalcium malate)
Other ingredients: vegetable cellulose capsule and ascorbic palmitate
*No statement made on this site should be construed as constituting a health claim that particular foods, food supplements, or brand name products may alone provide a cure. Each recommendation is intended for use as adjunct, nutritional support to conventional health practice. Statements made are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.