Pure Alkaline Water Drops - Coral Calcium Vs. Calcium Carbonate Vs. Calcium Citrate Which Is Better For Our Health

The importance of calcium for optimal health can not be overstated and is very well documented.(1*) While calcium is of vital importance for health, not all calcium is created equal. Two commonly sold varieties of calcium include calcium carbonate and calcium citrate.

Calcium carbonate is both plentiful and easy to harvest which is why it is so inexpensive. However, with calcium carbonate, the bioavailability is very low.

Calcium citrate boasts better bioavailability than calcium carbonate but contains less calcium than the carbonated variety.(2*) 

It is crucial to consider bioavailability when selecting your supplements because the bioavailability of a supplement determines how much of it can be utilized by the body. Supplements taken orally are subject to the various chemical processes involved in digestion: these processes interact with whatever you consume to determine the percentage that ends up in the bloodstream and the rate that passes through the body as waste. When a compound possesses a high degree of bioavailability, a large percentage of it is utilized. This is in contrast to compounds which possess low bioavailability, wherein a significant proportion of the complex is unable to be used by the body.(3*)

Why exactly is calcium absorption so important? It is important because of the sheer amount of processes our body requires calcium to create strong bones and teeth, to signal cells and activate enzymes,(4*) to contract muscles,(5*) as a component of the electrochemical gradient in neurons(6*) and for the conduction of action potentials(7*) (a type of neural signaling).

Coral calcium differs from both the carbonate and citrate variety in that it is created organically (as opposed to inorganically). Marine invertebrates produce coral calcium via a biological process: they secrete it to control the pH of their local environment. The coral uses their secretions to decrease the pH of the water surrounding themselves or, to phrase it another way; the marine invertebrates use coral calcium to create a more alkaline living environment.(8*) 

Coral calcium is an excellent supplement because it is both high in elemental calcium and high in bioavailability(8*) because the calcium is bound together with trace minerals which act as cofactors.(9*) Cofactors are compounds that help the body digest or utilize food or supplements that are ingested, and they play a vital role in determining how much of the calcium consumed by an individual can be used.(9*) Click HERE for a list of the trace minerals included in Coral Calcium. It is these trace minerals, acting as cofactors, which allow coral calcium to be absorbed better than its inorganic counterparts.(10*) 

There is another function of coral calcium that is not often talked about, and that is its ability to alkalinize the blood. As mentioned above, marine invertebrates secrete coral calcium to alter the pH of the water that surrounds them. The calcium shifts the water towards a more alkaline pH value. When taken orally, Coral Calcium can achieve this same change in pH within the human body via a well-understood mechanism.

Calcium is a base, meaning it reacts with acids to form a neutral compound. To put a very complex topic into simple terms, bases neutralize acids.(11*) Why do we need a supplement to help with blood pH? Although your body regulates the pH level of your blood, this level can fluctuate depending on diet.

An alkaline diet, rich in dark leafy greens and low in dairy and meat means your blood pH will most likely be (relatively) alkaline. The typical Western diet is not conducive to creating an alkaline blood pH as acidic foods like meat, dairy, and refined sugar are consumed in relatively large quantities.

Alkaline blood pH is thought to increase subjective feelings of well-being via decreasing the stress response of the body.(12*) It might sound like a small feat, but enabling your body to reduce its stress response(13*) means decreasing inflammation (both local and general), decreasing the workload of the endocrine system,(14*) and increasing the efficacy of the immune system.

Coral calcium is a potent and unique supplement. However, because it is generated from living organisms, you might be wondering how the product is gathered. Coral reefs are fragile living structures, and Natural Home Cures is committed to protecting them. This is why the coral calcium in all Natural Home Cures products is harvested from portions of coral that have died and floated to the ocean’s surface.

Once the raw coral is collected, it is ground into a powder and heated. Following the heating process, the finished product is deposited into sachets along with powdered Vitamin C and is then ready to be mixed with water. The Vitamin C is added to neutralize any chlorine that may be present in the drinking water that the final product is mixed with. At no point in the production process is live coral used; we are committed to using only sustainable ocean resources.


      Source References
(1) Calcium In Diet - MedlinePlus
(2) Types of Calcium Supplements - Global Healing Center
(3) Heaney, Robert P. (2001). "Factors Influencing the Measurement of Bioavailability, Taking Calcium as a Model." The Journal of Nutrition. 131 (4): 1344–1338S. PMID 11285351.
(4) Cofactor Biochemistry - Wikipedia
(5) Neuromuscular Junction - Wikipedia
(6) Electrochemical Gradient - Wikipedia
(7) Action Potential - Wikipedia
(8) The Unique Properties of Coral Calcium - Wellness Resources
(9) Problem with Calcium Supplements - Wellness Mama
(10) Ishitani K, Itakura E, Goto S, Esashi T. Calcium absorption from the ingestion of coral-derived calcium by humans. Higashi Sapporo Hospital, Japan. 1999 October 45(5):509-17. Higashi Sapporo Hospital, Japan.
(11) Acid Base - Boise State University Chemistry
(12) Killer Recipes To Alkalize Your Body - Sarah Wilson
(13) Fight or Flight Response - Wikipedia
(14) Endocrine System - Wikipedia

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