In a recently published study in Calcified Tissue International, Orlaith Brennan (Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland) and colleagues, compared the calcium-rich, marine multi-mineral complex, Aquamin to calcium carbonate in an ovariectomised rat model of osteoporosis. The purpose of the study was to assess Aquamin’s efficacy in preventing bone loss. Aquamin is a natural, multi-mineral supplement derived from the red algae Lithothamnion corallioides. Aquamin is rich in calcium, magnesium, and 72 other trace minerals.
This 20-week study compared Aquamin to calcium carbonate in their influence on the mineralization and metabolic activity of osteoblasts (the cells that form bone) in cell culture. Trabecular architecture, bone composition, and the mechanical strength properties were assessed. The study found that “oral ingestion of Aquamin results in less deterioration of trabecular bone structure, mineral composition and biomechanical properties in the tibia of rats following ovariectomy than calcium carbonate.” In this animal model of osteoporosis, Aquamin was shown to be superior to calcium carbonate in its ability to slow down the onset of bone loss.
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Brennan, O., et al. 2017. A natural, calcium-rich marine multi-mineral complex preserves bone structure, composition and strength in an ovariectomised rat model of osteoporosis. Calcif Tissue Int. DOI: 10.1007/s00223-017-0299-7.