Health First Cal-Mag Supreme Liquid
Cal-Mag Supreme formulations feature the clinically-studied plant-sourced calcium known as Aquamin to support healthy bones.
Bones are made up of 40% calcium and 33% collagen and are a support system for our body. Bone mass changes throughout our lives. Between birth and the age of 20, we are constantly building bone density. From our 20s to late 40s, we are maintaining bone health. When we hit our late 40s and early 50s, particularly women who are hitting menopause, we start to lose bone mass, sometimes dramatically.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone where humans lose an excessive amount of bone mineral density. Loss of bone mineral density leaves bones porous and weak. Osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk of fractures or disfigurement, resulting in reduction or loss of mobility and decreased independence.
Humans can only get calcium through their diet. Getting sufficient vitamin D is also helpful for absorbing calcium. Together calcium and vitamin D are recognized by Health Canada for helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Calcium is without a doubt the #1 supplement used for bone health. Recent studies have raised concerns for those who supplement with high amounts of calcium sourced from limestone. It is suggested that excess calcium from this source is not being absorbed and is ending up in the arteries as plaque deposits. This plaque restricts blood flow and negatively affects arterial flexibility, leading to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease events. The researchers suggest patients getting their calcium through food sources, rather than supplements. Food sources don’t spike blood calcium to the same degree as supplements do.
That’s where a unique plant grown off the coast of Iceland comes in. Known as Lithothamnion Calcareum, this red algae plant offers an alternative to limestone calcium mined from rock that dominates the market. The plant grows for 3 - 5 years in the shallows of the clean, pristine Icelandic fjords. It then begins to calcify, becoming 35% pure calcium and 2.5% magnesium, together with 72 other minerals. The resulting material has been confirmed to be safe for human consumption. At last, a source of calcium that is food-based and potent in strength!
This material, branded as Aquamin, has also been clinically studied for its safety and efficacy for human health. The structure of Aquamin’s red algae cells is vegetative in character. They’re more porous and easily absorbed in the human digestive system. This structure makes Aquamin easier on the stomach than mined limestone forms of calcium, resulting in a lesser chance of gastric upset or constipation.
Calcium requires synergy with other minerals to do its job for bone health. Aquamin naturally contains 74 minerals for better interaction, including all of the 13 key minerals most important for bone health.
Being a natural plant that is harvested from nature, consumers may have questions about the sustainability of Aquamin material. The harvesting of Aquamin is controlled and monitored by the Icelandic government and annual quotas are set for the max total harvest. Divers map out the harvesting areas and GPS coordinates are used by the harvesting vessel. The harvesting is done by a local Icelandic company. Only the top portion of a bed of calcified red algae is harvested from the bottom of the fjord. The living material growing in the shallows is never harvested, ensuring continued sustainability. Every batch of Aquamin material is tested to be safe from any ocean-borne heavy metals.
Calcium intake when combined with sufficient vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. Helps maintain proper muscle function.
Health First Cal-Mag Supreme is a complete bone health formulation, as it is fortified with extra magnesium, potassium, boron, zinc, and vitamin D. Vitamin K2 has been added to the tablets and lemon/lime flavoured liquid to help direct calcium to the bones. The original Cal-Mag Supreme liquid flavoured with natural chocolate does not contain K2 for consumers that are concerned with interactions with blood thinners.
Recommended dose (adults 19 years and older): Take 2 tablespoons daily. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications.
Each tablespoon contains:
Calcium (Aquamin™*) 400 mg
Magnesium (Aquamin™, citrate) 200 mg
Potassium (citrate) 15 mg
Boron (citrate) 350 mcg
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 500 IU/12.5 mcg
*Aquamin™ is a unique plant-source calcium and mineral complex derived from the Icelandic marine red-algae Lithothamnion calcareum.
Purified water, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, natural chocolate flavour, and potassium sorbate.
Some people may experience diarrhea with magnesium doses above 350 mg per day.
KEEP REFRIGERATED AFTER OPENING.
Shake well before use.
Free from: artificial flavours, artificial colours, corn, gluten, wheat, lactose, dairy, soy, added sugar, and yeast.
Manufactured exclusively for Health First Network, Burlington, ON
*Results may vary from person to person