What is Dicalcium Malate?
Over the course of the last year, two clinical studies on the absorption of calcium have demonstrated that Albion’s patented calcium ingredient, DiCalcium Malate has superior bioavailibility to other popular forms of calcium. The dosage of calcium was different in each of the studies. In one study, the calcium absorption comparison was made at a high dose, 900 mg, while in the other study the dosage was a more moderate 300 mg (these were elemental levels of calcium per dose). 1
A studies found Chelated calcium is better tolerated than non-bound calcium salts as they do not cause the milk-alkali syndrome which can cause stomach upset and kidney problems. Also, the ligands the minerals are chelated to is important as the chelated compound will remain chelated throughout the gut and into the bloodstream. Mineral salts from non-true chelates break apart far sooner, usually in the stomach, leaving the body with the extra compound to deal with. Ionic minerals interfere with the absorption of other minerals including phosphorus and iron whereas chelated minerals do not. Also, vitamin D is added which helps to resorb calcium that otherwise would be excreted. 2