What is AdvaCAL?
AdvaCAL is a line of calcium supplements containing AAACa calcium, the #1 bone building calcium. AAACa, a patented ionic calcium, has been clinically shown to increase bone density. AAACa calcium is available in AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL Ultra 1000, AdvaCAL INTENSIVE and AdvaCAL for Men. AdvaCAL is the natural, safe way to fight bone loss.
Who should take AdvaCAL?
Women and men concerned about bone loss would benefit most from one of our AdvaCAL products. Bone loss begins typically around age 35 and particularly in women, it accelerates dramatically in menopause.
Can AdvaCAL help increase bone density?
Yes. In one study, average bone density of postmenopausal women and men taking AdvaCAL increased 8% over those taking a placebo. Your results may vary.
How is AdvaCAL unique?
AdvaCAL is the only line of calcium supplements that contain patented AAACa calcium, the #1 bone building calcium. The AAACa calcium in AdvaCAL has shown statistically significant improvement in bone density in four different published human studies. Participants in that research included women and men in their 60s and women in their 80s. In those studies, there was bone density improvement starting at 4 months, up to 3 years.
How does AdvaCAL work?
AdvaCAL works at least two ways to increase bone density. First, the AAACa calcium in AdvaCAL is highly absorbable. AAACa calcium is patented and comprised of bioavailable calcium oxide and calcium hydroxide plus a seaweed amino extract called HAI. In scientific research HAI improved calcium absorption. Second, AAACa calcium helps modulate PTH hormone activity. PTH robs calcium from bone.
Which AdvaCAL is right for me?
AdvaCAL is available as AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 and AdvaCAL INTENSIVE. AdvaCAL 1000 and AdvaCAL Ultra provide 1000 mg of AAACa elemental calcium and 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Either is appropriate for women under 50 and men of any age. AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 also contains seven bone nutrients, including magnesium, vitamins K2 and C, copper, zinc, boron and manganese. AdvaCAL INTENSIVE is designed especially for women 50+, as bone loss accelerates at menopause and beyond. AdvaCAL INTENSIVE contains more AAACa calcium, more vitamin D3 plus two clinically proven bone builders,genistein and a specific blend of copper, zinc and manganese.
Is AdvaCAL more effective with added magnesium?
Not necessarily. A study published in the 1999 American Journal of Nutrition suggests that the bone benefit of magnesium results from its alkalinity (i.e. high pH). Because the AAACa calcium in AdvaCAL is already highly alkaline, it likely offers the same alkalinity bone benefit as magnesium. Those who desire to take magnesium with their AdvaCAL should use AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 which contains 600 mg of magnesium per daily serving.
What are the directions for use?
Take 3 capsules in the morning and 3 capsules at bedtime, preferably with food. PTH activity, which robs calcium from bone, is believed to be most active during sleep, so taking AdvaCAL before bed can be especially beneficial. Some research also suggests that calcium may enhance sleep.
When could I see a change in bone density from taking AdvaCAL?
The clinical research on AAACa calcium in AdvaCAL showed an increase in trabecular bone density in as little as four months.1 Studies with AAACa Calcium on spinal or radial bone density showed significant improvement at 6, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months. The addition of vitamin D3, plus bone nutrients or builders in AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL ULTRA or AdvaCAL INTENSIVE may help improve your overall bone density. The best way to monitor improvement is through bone density tests as recommended by your doctor.
What other lifestyle changes can I make to improve my bone health?
Most experts recommend that you: 1) Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise (three or more times weekly) 2) Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol 3) Talk to your health care provider about bone health 4) Have a bone density test done regularly .
Are AdvaCAL capsules large?
No. Some calcium supplements are available as large horse pills. Other calcium chewables are chalky tasting. AdvaCAL 1000, AdvaCAL Ultra 1000 and AdvaCAL INTENSIVE capsules are all small and easy to swallow. The smallest is the AdvaCAL 1000 capsule.
Are there any side effects?
AdvaCAL calcium is safe and well tolerated by most people. People with chronic granulomatous disorders may wish to consult with a physician first if concerned about the vitamin D in AdvaCAL. There also are many side benefits to taking AdvaCAL. Published studies suggest that calcium intake can improve sleep, balance and weight management, better secure teeth and reduce PMS symptoms.
Can AdvaCAL be taken with Prescription drugs for Osteoporosis, such as Fosamax®, Evista® or Actonel®?
Can I take AdvaCAL if I am pregnant or nursing?
Generally, yes, but we recommend consulting with your doctor first.
Is AdvaCAL free of gluten and dairy?