The Truth About Coral Calcium
There is a confusing array of coral calcium products on the market today, each with a different price and varying claims. Naturally, every company tries to position their brand as the premium form of coral calcium. Some common terms and claims include the following: Robert Barefoot formula, Okinawan coral, fossilized land grade, marine grade, sango, ionized, clinical, physician formulated, etc. Let's begin by clarifying some terms.
Robert Barefoot Formula
Several companies, each with a different formula, either have Dr. Barefoot's name on their formula or advertise that they represent him in some way. Some of these companies actually do represent him, but many do not.
Not all Coral Calcium products on the market are from Okinawa, Japan. There are products that use Caribbean and South American sources. These products also are much less expensive, with the average price being about $2.00 per pound for the raw coral powder.
Suppliers using these sources have a huge profit margin. On the other hand, coral calcium from Okinawa, Japan is much higher in price. The biggest difference between coral calcium from Japan and coral calcium from other locations is the only coral calcium that has been extensively studied is the Okinawan coral calcium.
Fossilized Land Coral vs. Marine Grade Coral
There are two main types of coral: the high-grade marine coral harvested from the ocean and the low grade rock coral (or fossilized coral) harvested from the beaches. The low-grade coral has many of its nutrients leached out by the weathering over thousands of year and is considerably lower priced than the marine grade. It contains about 38% calcium but only 1% magnesium. Most often, suppliers mix in low quality fillers to bump up the magnesium content.
The high-grade marine coral is produced by the disintegration of the coral reef caused by wave action and other natural processes. In Okinawa, the ocean currents carry this coral sand about four miles out to sea where it gets deposited into deep channels. It then is carefully vacuumed up and any potential losses are carried further out to sea by the ocean currents and away from the reefs. It contains about 20% calcium and 10% magnesium, naturally. Nothing else needs to be added. It is already in its most perfect form.
Those selling cheap rock coral try to boost their sales by informing the public that mining the marine coral is destroying the reefs. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, these lies have offended the coral reef experts in Japan. In addition, those selling cheap rock coral calcium claim that the marine coral does not contain the perfect 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium.
This of course is also false as there are hundreds of official Japanese assays that dispute this claim along with numerous scientific publications that describe the 2:1 ratio.
The bottom line is that there are millions of Japanese who consume this high-grade marine coral daily while there are virtually only a few Japanese who consume rock coral. The Japanese cannot understand how the Americans can be duped into paying a high-grade price for such a low-grade product. The answer is greed.
Currently about 90% of the American market is taking the low-grade coral. To tell the difference, look at the label. It should say "marine coral" with about 20% calcium to 10% magnesium from coral calcium. If the calcium is much higher or the magnesium is low or if it has added magnesium oxide, you are being cheated.
Sango coral calcium is the marine grade coral calcium from Okinawa, Japan.
The body must reduce any form of incoming calcium into calcium ions before it can use it. These charged particles of elemental calcium called ionized calcium are the only way the body can use calcium. Since coral minerals contain calcium already in the ionized form, the body can use the calcium immediately without having to break it down.
The good news: all coral calcium is ionized.
There is no standard rating system for coral calcium, including "clinical grade". Some companies claim to have "clinical grade" coral calcium, but no explanation is offered to how this is different from any other.
The formulas on the market are very simple formulations, based on Dr. Carl Reich's work from 1950 to 1992. He combined calcium with other minerals and vitamin D to help his patients overcome major health issues. A physician's involvement is overkill.
Are You Being Cheated Or Mislead?
Coral calcium powder does not contain 100% calcium. Coral calcium powder should actually be called coral mineral powder since it is full of 73+ minerals other than calcium.
By weight, marine coral powder, like our private label brand, should contain a minimum of 20% calcium, 10% magnesium, and various trace minerals.
There are many unscrupulous companies that are making millions of dollars by selling cheap, poor quality above ground coral and adding junk fillers.
Don't get ripped off by companies selling cheap quality coral calcium supplements! Here are some guidelines to know if you are being ripped off:
You Are Being Cheated If:
- The calcium content is greater than 24% and/or there is added calcium from another source (calcium citrate)
- The magnesium content is less than 10% and/or there is added magnesium from another source (magnesium oxide)
- There are added cheap fillers (additional vitamins from questionable sources or toxic
excipients such as magnesium stearate, vegetable stearate, stearic acid, etc.)
Don't Let Our Low Prices Fool You!
Our coral calcium is the highest quality marine coral calcium available. We only distribute premium quality coral calcium from Okinawa, Japan that has been processed in an FDA-inspected facility. Our product is laboratory tested and potency is guaranteed.
We add absolutely nothing to our coral calcium powder. You are getting exactly what you are paying for -- pure coral powder.
Our coral calcium capsules contain only coral calcium powder in a rice powder base. There are absolutely no toxic excipients or questionable fillers. There must be some type of flow agent for the encapsulating machines and we choose rice bran powder over magnesium stearate, vegetable stearate, stearic acid, etc.
We go directly to the raw supplier and buy in bulk. We put our own label on our products so we can save you money. We don't have to pay for someone's name or for his or her endorsement.
Check the labels on other coral calcium products and you will find the other companies selling coral calcium products cannot make the same claims that we make.
The bottom line, all Okinawan coral calcium comes from the same place, why pay for a name and cheap fillers?