Step 4 – Adding Which Key Supplements?


Step 4 – Adding Which Key Supplements?




1) Krill Oil

Has your doctor suggested you take Omega 3′s or Krill Oil to help with your IBD, UC, Crohn’s?


As This Study explains,


“…while intake of saturated fat, trans fatty acids and arachidonic acid has been linked to the development of chronic disease, research shows omega 3 fatty acids, specifically fish oils, are essential in the prevention and treatment of disease…”


“… fish oil inhibits the production of these inflammatory compounds…”


And as to the connection between fish oil, inflammation and its effect on IBD, UC, and Crohn’s,

“… fish oil has been proven to be beneficial in intestinal health. Fish oil has an anti-inflammatory effect on inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease). We can conclude fish consumption can prevent most diseases in humans. Human health is guarantied with fishes regularly consumption in two to three times in week…”

There are many different types of Omega 3′s – some just okay, some very poor quality, and some very good ones.

The only Omega 3 that mimics “nature’s omega 3″ and isn’t made in a laboratory from artificial and synthetic sources, is Krill Oil.

To read the full study click here

“…Conclusion: The results of the present study clearly indicate that Krill Oil  at a daily dose of 300 mg significantly inhibits inflammation and reduces arthritic symptoms within a short treatment period of 7 and 14 days…”

In this Scandinavian study:

“… Based on evidence of SCCAI and AIFAI and a tendency of decreased levels of CRP and homecysteine, intake of atlantic salmon may have beneficial effects on disease activity in patients with mild ulcerative colitis.”

As evidenced in this Study,

“…The results suggest that ω-3 PUFAs are an attractive adjunctive treatment for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and dysmenorrhea…”

As results shown in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology,

“… Krill Oil showed protective potential against DSS colitis based on the preservation of colon length, reduction of oxidative markers and the consistent beneficial changes.. “

“Krill Oil showed protective potential against DSS colitis based on the preservation of colon length, reduction of oxidative markers and the consistent beneficial changes of HCS, cytokine, and (PG)E3 levels, as well as PPAR-γ and Pparg1α expression compared with DSS alone. These findings indicate an anti-inflammatory and a protein antioxidant effect of Krill Oil.”



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You’re actually getting 2 super supplements in one, for the price of one: Krill Oil + Astaxanthin!

Seeking Health Optimal Krill Oil

Krill Oil with Astaxanthin Product Description

Krill Oil is a rich source of Astaxanthin and the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

Benefits of EPA and DHA

EPA and DHA are omega-3 fatty acids that support cardiovascular health, fight inflammation, and support brain and eye health. DHA is a major componant of brain cell membranes. EPA may stabilize mood and lessen symptoms of depression. Each of these essential fatty acids support reduced inflammation and may lower cholesterol.

What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant more powerful than vitamin C, E or beta carotene when it comes to free radical scavenging. It is a cartenoid responsible for the red hue assoicated with shrimp and lobster, and it gives the flamingo its pink color. Astaxanthin has been shown to ease pain associated with joint inflammation, fight fatigue, and help with endurance, added energy, and muscle recovery. Krill is one of the few sea creatures that consume a microalgae that is the only natural source of Astaxanthin. Optimal Krill Oil contains 12 mg astaxanthin per serving.

Studies suggest that this high level of astaxanthin offers an array of therapeutic benefits, which may include:

  • • Antioxidant protection – more than green tea, vitamin C, or CoQ10
  • • Cardiovascular health – helping to promote healthy lipid profiles; potential anti–hypertensive
  • • Sports performance – reducing exercise–induced muscle damage and increasing endurance
  • • Eye support – Reducing eye fatigue and improving visual acuity
    • • Supporting skin health – protecting against aging as a result of UVA exposure, such as skin sagging and wrinkles
    • • Anti–inflammatory – reduces inflammation and pain associated with it
    • • Gastric health support – helping to reduce gastric inflammation and reflux symptoms
  • It would take 8 conventional krill softgels to equal the astaxanthin levels in just 1 capsule of Optimal Krill Oil!

    Seeking Health Optimal Krill Oil’s astaxanthin comes from both naturally occurring levels found in krill oil and from AstaREAL®, a registered brand of astaxanthin extracted directly from microalgae using a solvent–free technology that ensures maximum control and purity. AstaREAL® astaxanthin is the most studied astaxanthin in the world with over 40 clinical studies, both animal and human.

    Optimal Krill Oil’s Powerful Antioxidant Formula

  • In addition to its rich phospholipids, omega–3s, and astaxanthin, Optimal Krill Oil also naturally contains several other antioxidants including, canthaxanthin, beta–carotene, vitamin E and trans–retinol vitamin A. These antioxidants offer additional protection from damaging free radicals and also protect this nutrient–dense oil from oxidation.

    Seeking Health’s Optimal Krill Oil is made using a unique cold–extraction process that converts it into stable oil. This process protects the lipids from alteration and avoids peroxidation. It is highly purified and free of heavy metals and organohalide pollutants. Optimal Krill Oil does not cause reflux or regurgitation commonly experienced by those consuming regular fish oil supplements.

  • 60 softgels

    Product Certifications:
    Manufacturer: Seeking Health
    Item number: SKH053
    GTIN: no barcode
    Warnings: Consult a health care professional prior to use if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or allergic to shellfish or fish, have a blood coagulation condition or are taking anti-coagulants, such as warfarin (coumadin) or high dose aspirin. Optimal Krill Oil is an extract from Antarctic krill, rich in the cell membrane-building blocks EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids) bound to highly unsaturated phospholipids, closely resembling human brain phospholipids.
  • Keep Out Of Reach Of Children

    Serving Size: 2

    Serving Per Package: 30

  • Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take two softgels for thirty days, and one softgel per day thereafter with the first meal, or as directed by your health practitioner.

    Refrigeration Required: Yes

    Does Not Contain:

  • Corn
  • Ingredients: Krill oil; Phospoholipids; Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA); AstaReal Astaxanthin

    Other Ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin, water, and lemon oil

    Notice: Individual results may vary. You should always consult with your physician before starting this product or any health-related program.

    †These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Notice: Individual results may vary. You should always consult with your physician before starting this product or any health-related program.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Notice: Individual results may vary. You should always consult with your physician before starting this product or any health-related program.




†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Did you know?
An ideal substitute for fish oil, krill oil is 3x more effective at delivering omega–3s to the brain due to its phospholipid complex. Unlike the triglyceride structures in fish oil, krill phospholipids contain the naturally occurring chemicals choline and phosphatidylcholine, which help improve how fast omega–3s arrive to the brain and how long they keep working. The cherry on top: krill doesn’t produce a fishy aftertaste.


Click here to get your Krill Oil



What’s In (and Not In) Krill Oil?

Added to this product catalog due to the popular demand, Krill Oil is manufactured from antarctic krill. Unlike many fish oil products, antarctic krill are drawn from the coldest waters on earth, are fished far from industrialized areas, and are at the bottom of the food chain. As a result, there is no need to worry about heavy metals or toxins.


One of the major benefits of krill oil that distinguishes it from fish oil is that krill oil contains the caratenoid, astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is considered by many to be one of the strongest antioxidants available. Antioxidants ensure that our cells are not bombarded with harmful free radicals given off during the process of oxidation (oxidation is a naturally occurring by-product of the body using energy or being exposed to toxins).

Astaxanthin can also cross the blood-brain barrier which also helps to inhibit the formation of free radicals in the eye, brain and central nervous system. Krill’s primary diet is algae which contain astaxanthin (which gives the krill their pink color). The strong presence of astaxanthin in krill, and the fact that they are a prime source of this antioxidant for other creatures, makes krill a prime source of health and nutrition for humans, as well.

The Benefit of Additional Antioxidants

In addition to astaxanthin, krill oil contains phosphotidylcholine, vitamin E, vitamin A, and D. All are powerful antioxidants that provide benefit to the body and help prevent the Omega-3 in krill oil from suffering from oxidation and turning rancid. Krill oil, therefore, does not require additional additives to keep it stable and, as a result, tends to have a longer shelf life.


Krill oil contains phosphotidylcholine, a phospholipid. Phospholipids in your cell membranes aid in cell-to-cell communication. Phospholipids are also not dependent on bile for digestion, thus they can spontaneously form micelles and be conveyed in an aqueous environment. In addition, phospholipids are able to be absorbed without digestion in their intact form, or as lysophosphatidylcholine after digestion by enzymes in the small intestine. This simpler digestion process in the small intestine prior to absorption is one of the primary factors suggesting that omega-3 phospholipids offer greater bioavailability in the human body than omega-3 triglycerides.

Omega Fatty Acids

Like fish oil, krill oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA). And, as mentioned above, in krill oil these fatty acids are found in phospholipids, resulting in the absorption and distribution of a higher proportion of EPA and DHA when compared to fish oil where EPA and DHA are found in triglycerides. EPA and DHA are often found in higher actual potency in krill oil and, because krill oil is derived from a shrimp-like crustacean, it can be taken without the fishy smell or flavor.


  • Krill are a shrimp-like crustacean. Therefore, people who have shrimp or shellfish allergies should be very cautious about testing krill oil for the first time and may be well-advised to avoid it all together.
  • People who are on blood thinners such as aspirin, warfarin ( Coumarin, Heparin, Plavix) or NSAIDs ( non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ) such as ibuprofen ( Motrin, Advil), naproxen ( Naprosyn, Aleve) should seek a doctor’s advice before taking krill oil.
  • Taking krill oil with some herb supplement such as ginkgo biloba and garlic may increase the risk of bleeding.


  • Krill is a Norwegian term for a “young fry of fish”.
  • Krill makes up the second largest biomass on the planet. A shrimp-like crustacean, krill can be found in large swarms that may contain 1 million animals per cubic meter of seawater. This population density is what makes Krill ideal for harvesting and for manufacturing products like krill oil.

As the studies conclude, Krill Oil is superior to Omega 3’s, and in fact, when you buy Krill Oil, you are getting the bonus of an extra supplement, called Astaxanthin, which is very important. And as it turns out, Astaxanthin is one of the most important antioxidants to be found.


Here’s Why:

Major Producer Reveals the Benefits of Astaxanthin—Nature’s Most Powerful Antioxidant

by Dr. Mercola

“…A little-known carotenoid called astaxanthin is now believed to be the most potent antioxidant nature has to offer. Astaxanthin’s benefits are so numerous, I’ve written several articles to cover its many activities, from UV-radiation protection, to eye- and heart health, to improved athletic performance.

In terms of antioxidant power or potency, astaxanthin is 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C!

As an antioxidant, astaxanthin has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, which makes it useful for a number of diseases associated with inflammation, such as arthritis. However, it’s not a magic cure. Not mistaking astaxanthin for a cure is an important point. However, it can effectively relieve symptoms when taken consistently over several weeks (effects are usually noticeable after about two to four weeks). And in many cases it can do so more effectively than far more expensive and potentially toxic prescription anti-inflammatories and over-the-counter pain killers.

If you are on a krill oil supplement, which naturally contains astaxanthin, take that into consideration. Different krill products have different concentrations of astaxanthin, so check your label. Another factor to keep in mind is that astaxanthin is a fat soluble supplement. So unless you take it with a small amount of fat, it’s not going to absorb well. Butter, coconut oil, or eggs would be ideal complements to ensure optimal absorption…”

A Note About Krill Oil Dosage

For most people, taking 1g of Krill Oil is enough. But for those of us, with immuno-compromised diseases such as IBD, UC, and Crohn’s, as well as those with Inflammatory Diseases, Krill Oil is an important supplement in helping to regulate and minimize inflammation, and studies show for those of us in those classes of diseases, our requirements are higher – between 3-4g of Krill Oil per day.

Now, I don’t suggest you increase it immediately. But do start at the 1g daily dosage, and in 2-3 weeks’ time, increase your dosage to 2g daily, and pay attention to what your body is telling you (i.e. are you noticing a lessening of pains?), then in another 2-3 weeks’ time, increase it again to 3g daily, and see how you feel, this will ensure you’ll be slowly working up to the suggested 3-4g daily dosage while you are listening to your body.

So now that we know the power of Astaxanthin, it just makes sense (and the studies prove it) –  Krill Oil helps with IBD.


Click here to get your Krill Oil



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2) Vitamin D3

Vitamin D Studies

A new study has found that Vitamin D can counter the effects of Crohn’s disease. Researchers found that Vitamin D acts directly on the beta defensin 2 gene, which encodes an antimicrobial peptide, and the NOD2 gene that alerts cells to the presence of invading microbes. Both beta defensin and NOD2 have been linked to Crohn’s disease. If NOD2 is deficient or defective, it cannot combat invaders in the intestinal tract.

Vitamin D3 Supplements

In simple terms, if you’re vitamin D deficient, your immune system will not activate to do its job. And since vitamin D also balances your immune response, it prevents an overreaction in the form of inflammation, which can lead to autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s Disease.

So, what can you do?

Make sure your vitamin D levels are optimized. Vitamin D appears to be nearly as effective as the omega-3 fats. Ask your physician to regularly run blood tests on your Vitamin D levels, it’s the only way to determine the correct oral dose of Vitamin D you might require if you are deficient. The best way to get vitamin D is regular sun exposure so make sure you have a healthy tan this summer. If you have a healthy tan there is little reason to measure your D levels as they will likely be near ideal, although data has shown that even in warm and sun climates, such as Florida, California, or Arizona, a great percentage of the population is Vitamin D deficient. Getting the correct test is the first step in this process, as there are TWO vitamin D tests currently being offered: 1,25(OH)D, and 25(OH)D.

The correct test your doctor needs to order is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the better marker of overall D status. This is the marker that is most strongly associated with overall health.

Next, the “normal” 25-hydroxyvitamin D lab range is between 20-56 ng/ml. The conventional range is really a sign of deficiency, and is too broad to be ideal.

In fact, your vitamin D level should never be below 32 ng/ml, and any levels below 20 ng/ml are considered serious deficiency states, increasing your risk of as many as 16 different cancers and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease just to name a few.

According to Dr. Mercola, the OPTIMAL value that you’re looking for is 55-65 ng/ml.

These ranges are based on healthy people in tropical or subtropical parts of the world, where they are receiving healthy sun exposures. It seems more than reasonable to assume that these values are in fact reflective of an optimal human requirement.

Because you first need to get blood tested for Vitamin D deficiency (please see the exact description of the specific name of the Vitamin D test referenced on the Alternative Protocol page), which requires a doctor’s prescription and reading the results thereof, I recommend if you are found to be deficient, you get your doctor to write you a prescription for Vitamin D3. Note, my doctor writes me a prescription for Vitamin D3 – 100,000 I.U. to be taken every 10 days, and he checks my blood work on Vitamin D every 3 months. It is very important to have this monitored through your doctor as Vitamin D3 supplementation if not properly controlled can lead to toxicity.


Vitamin D3

( I add 5,000 I.U., but you must select dosage appropriate for your blood serum level requirements)

Click here to see the Vitamin D3 I take

Per topics covered in our Updates,

An avalanche of favorable studies has resulted in record numbers of Americans supplementing with vitamin D. Since it is virtually impossible to obtain adequate vitamin D from food sources, supplementation with 5,000-10,000 IU daily is required by many aging individuals.

Overlooked many, is the critical importance of vitamin K. If one is concerned enough about their health to take higher dose vitamin D, it seems absurd to miss out on the benefits of vitamin K. For instance, vitamin D facilitates calcium absorption into the bloodstream and thus plays an important role in maintaining bone density. Less recognized is the need for vitamin K to transport calcium from the bloodstream into the bone. Vitamin K is also required by calcium-regulating proteins in the arteries.1-5 Together these two vitamins help maintain youthful calcium skeletal distribution while promoting vascular health.6-11

Vitamin K can be found in small amounts in the diet, but obtaining the desired higher potencies requires supplementation. Many Life Extension members obtain optimal potencies of long-acting vitamin K in the Super Booster or Super K formulations. An increasing number of new members, however, are asking for high-potency vitamin D—but are not taking any supplemental vitamin K.

To directly address this problem, Life Extension® has put together a formula called Vitamins D and K with Sea-Iodine™. Like vitamins D and K, few Americans obtain optimal amounts of iodine. As people seek to limit their salt intake, this deficit is exacerbated since iodized salt is the principal source of this mineral in many diets. We expect the issue of iodine insufficiency to receive more media attention as new studies uncover the problems this creates. Sea-Iodine™ is included in this formula to provide iodine without the harmful effects of sodium.



“It is important to take Vitamin K with Vitamin D. Iodine is also good prevention from diseases that I can’t mention due to restrictions by the FDA.” By LadyDi, Portland, OR


“Makes it easy with three supplements in one.” By Jeneane, Henderson, NV


“Nice combination of 3 important nutrients most of the general population is deficient in. Thanks for combining these into one convenient capsule!” By PR in the OC, Orange County, CA


“I had low Vit D levels that I increased over time and now able to keep it in the good range with this supplement.” By Barb, Sevierville Tn


“A physician prescribed the exact same dosages from a compounding pharmacy. I am a 63 yr old male, 5’7 and 157 pounds with no bone loss issues. Recommended for anti-aging benefits, etc. This LEF formulation is effective and a lot cheaper than the prescribed product. The quality is solid!” By Mr. Maniac, St. Louis, MO


Please Note: Before adding any new supplements, especially those containing Vitamin K, please check with your doctor or pharmacist for any drug interactions ( this is especially true if you are on any meds like Coumadin).



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3) Vitamin K2 Supplementation


Vitamin K2 Studies

Japanese studies done in 2009, concluded that  IBD patients have high prevalence of decreased Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and vitamin K and D deficiency probably caused by malabsorption of these vitamins. The study suggested that malabsorption is the basis for hypovitaminosis K and D and decreased BMD, which might be corrected or helped through Vitamin K and Vitamin D supplementation. Other studies done in Egypt in 2010 concurred that supplementation in IBD and UC patients would help in reducing risk factors in the lowering of Bone Mineral Desity directly associated in IBD and UC patients.


The following conditions may put you at an increased risk of vitamin K deficiency:

  • Eating a poor or restricted diet
  • Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease and other conditions that interfere with nutrient absorption
  • Liver disease that interferes with vitamin K storage
  • Taking drugs such as broad-spectrum antibiotics, cholesterol drugs and aspirin

Who Needs Vitamin K?

If you have, or if your family has, a history of osteoporosis or heart disease, or any of the IBD diseases such as IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, studies indicate the importance of adding vitamin K to your diet. Keep in mind that you’d have to eat over one pound of collard greens daily to get the equivalent amount of vitamin K. Clearly the collard greens or spinach would be better for you and would provide you with additional benefits, but if you already have heart disease a little extra vitamin K would seem a simple bit of insurance to make sure that your blood vessels don’t harden.

You will also want to consider adding vitamin K to your diet if you do not eat many vegetables and are concerned that, for whatever reason, you are unable to obtain enough vitamin K from your food.

And because  there is a  Synergistic Effects Between Vitamin K and Vitamin D.

It’s important to realize that vitamin K does not work alone. It needs collaborators—and vitamin D is an important one.

These two agents work together to increase MGP, or Matrix GLA Protein, which is the protein that is responsible for protecting your blood vessels from calcification. In fact, MGP is so important that it can be used as a laboratory measure of your vascular and cardiac status.

The results of human clinical studies suggest that concurrent use of vitamin K2 and vitamin D may substantially reduce bone loss (lowered bone mineral density, as cited in the Egyptian and Japanese studies above).

If you are concerned about your bones, you must balance this nutritional triad:

Vitamin D

Vitamin K


Increasing calcium is good for your bones but not so beneficial for your arteries, which can become calcified, but vitamin K protects your blood vessels from calcifying when in the presence of high calcium levels.

So you really must pay attention to the synergism of all three of these nutrients if you want to optimize your benefits.

Different Kinds of Vitamin K

Vitamin K can be classified as either K1 or K2:

Vitamin K1: Found in green vegetables, K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. (This is the kind of K that infants need to help prevent a serious bleeding disorder.) It is also vitamin K1 that keeps your own blood vessels from calcifying, and helps your bones retain calcium and develop the right crystalline structure.

Vitamin K2: Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K. It is present in high quantities in your gut, but unfortunately is not absorbed from there and passes out in your stool. K2 goes straight to vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver. It is present in fermented foods, particularly cheese and the Japanese food natto, which is by far the richest source of K2.

According to Dr. Mercola, he strongly encourages those concerned about Vitamin K deficiency to make sure they find some regular source of vitamin K2. This will mean eating about four ounces of fermented cheese a day (preferably raw) or taking a high quality vitamin K2 supplement, which is what I have opted to do.

And because there is a Synergistic Effects Between Vitamin K and Vitamin D.

It’s important to realize that vitamin K does not work alone. It needs collaborators—and vitamin D is an important one.


According to Dr. Mercola, he strongly encourages those concerned about Vitamin K deficiency to make sure they find some regular source of vitamin K2. This will mean eating about four ounces of fermented cheese a day (preferably raw) or taking a high quality vitamin K2 supplement, which is what I have opted to do.

Click here to see the K2 I take

This Vitamin K2 product is an important one to take, BUT should only be taken if you are simply taking Vitamin D3 ( not with the one in #2 above, Vitamins D & K, with Sea Iodine, because this one already contains Vitamin K2 in it). The reason I am giving you information on this one, is because I want to give you options to take it separately.

There are three forms of vitamin K that the human body can utilize to promote arterial health and bone support.1-8 Life Extension®’s Super K with Advanced K2 Complex provides the dynamic trio of vitamin K forms in one softgel, including vitamin K1, vitamin K2 (MK-4), and vitamin K2 (MK-7).

Vitamin K1 is the form of vitamin K that is found in green vegetables. K1 is tightly bound to plant fiber, so only a fraction is absorbed into the bloodstream. Supplementation ensures ample K1 blood levels. Vitamin K2 is usually found in meats, dairy, and egg yolks. Since you may be avoiding these foods for health reasons, ingesting a K2 supplement is essential. MK-4 is the most rapidly absorbed form of K2, and MK-7 boasts a very long half-life in the body, making both forms the perfect complement to any vitamin K regimen.9


“Mk7 is recommended by Dr.Mercola to take with vitamin D. I trust him on this. I’m not sure if I get enough K in my diet as I’m not a big eater and I don’t eat lots of eggs,cheese,cream,natto etc. This will help.”  By Liz the healthnut , Portland OR


“Have been using this product for years as one of many supplements to help keep bones strong. My bone density scan showed improvement.” By Linda T, Plantation FL


“Convenient and such an important supplement!” By *Small But Mighty, Mililani, HI


“Perhaps your annual physical might show some results…As for me, I feel GR8… Use as directed…” By Dr Dopey, Texas


Please Note: Before adding any new supplements, especially those containing Vitamin K, please check with your doctor or pharmacist for any drug interactions ( this is especially true if you are on any meds like Coumadin).



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Where do I buy my Vitamin K2?


Where do I buy my Vitamin K2?

As a result of much research, I have added Vitamin K2 to my diet, and I purchase it directly,

Click here to see the K2 I take



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 4) Algaecal & Strontium

Does Your IBD, UC, Crohn’s Put You At Risk For Osteopenia and Osteoporosis?
When you are suffering from IBD, UC, Crohn’s, it is important for you to know that you are at risk of Osteopenia (bone loss), and Osteoporosis.  This is a direct result of:  the side effects from the medications, and also the malabsorption of nutrients due to damage that has happened to your gut and colon as a result of the disease process.
Why are Osteopenia and Osteoporosis such important factors?
As Dr. Oz said in his show “… Frailty is the main reason you die too young…” (please see video in the link provided below).
And frailty is a result of weak bones, and bones that are losing bone density.

Increase Bone Density Guaranteed
I can tell you that from my own short term use of antacids, mesalamines, and steroids prior to my developing an alternative protocol, I had Osteopenia. My doctor wanted to put me on Fosomax, but knowing these type of drugs have irreversible side effects which are quite serious, I researched alternative approaches to stop bone loss, and increase my bone density, and now  I no longer have Osteopenia.
Since then, I have spoken to countless IBD and UC patients who have been diagnosed with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, and have been prescribed by their doctors, bisphosphonate drugs like Fosomax, Boniva, Reclast, among others. So, if you’ve been on any course (regardless of  how long or short) of steroids, or any of the drugs listed below in Medications That May Cause Bone Loss, please make sure you have a Bone Density Test and an evaluation of your risk factor.
What’s the problem with these drugs?

All you need to do is a google search to see lots of lawsuits, and reports of an association between bisphosphonate use and two rare (not so rare, and certainly under-reported in my opinion) but serious problems — osteonecrosis of the jaw and a specific type of fracture in the long bone of the leg (femur) — have raised concerns.

Did you doctor tell you that your medications and disease could be putting you at risk of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis?

The National Osteoporosis Foundation has defined:

“Low Bone Density (Osteopenia)

Low bone density (osteopenia) is when your bone density is lower than normal, but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. It may mean that you have a greater chance of getting osteoporosis if you lose bone in the future because you have less bone to lose. People with low bone density are more likely to break a bone compared to people with normal bone density.

Detecting Low Bone Density

A bone density test will determine whether you have normal bone density, low bone density or osteoporosis. Having low bone density does not necessarily mean you are losing bone. Your bone density may still be considered normal for you. Some people never have normal bone density for a variety of reasons, such as genetics (your genes), body size or certain diseases and conditions. The older you are the more likely you are to have low bone density.

Understanding Your Bone Density Test

The result of your bone density test as a special number called a T-score. A T-score between –1.0 and –2.5 means you have low bone density. Examples are having a T-score of -1.2, -1.5, -2.0 and -2.2. A person with a T-score of -2.2 has lower bone density than a person with a T-score of -1.2.

If you have low bone density, your healthcare provider may recommend an osteoporosis medicine.. Be sure to talk about the risks and benefits of taking (or not taking) a medicine. The fracture risk assessment tool, FRAX can be used to estimate your chance of breaking a bone within the next 10 years. This online tool can help you decide whether you might benefit from taking an osteoporosis medicine at this time.”


“Medicines that May Cause Bone Loss

Some medicines can be harmful to your bones, even if you need to take these medicines for another condition. Bone loss is usually greater if you take them in high doses or for a long time. It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of any medicines you take and about how they may affect your bones. Do not stop any treatment or change the dose of your medicines unless your healthcare provider says it’s safe to do so. If you need to take a medicine that causes bone loss, work with your healthcare provider to take the lowest possible dose to control your symptoms.

Below is a list of medicines that may cause bone loss.

  • Aluminum-containing antacids
  • Antiseizure medicines (only some) such as Dilantin® or Phenobarbital
  • Aromatase inhibitors such as Arimidex®, Aromasin® and Femara®
  • Cancer chemotherapeutic drugs
  • Cyclosporine A and FK506 (Tacrolimus)
  • Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) such as Lupron® and Zoladex®
  • Heparin
  • Lithium
  • Medroxyprogesterone acetate for contraception (Depo-Provera®)
  • Methotrexate
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium®, Prevacid® and Prilosec®
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Lexapro®, Prozac® and Zoloft®
  • Steroids (glucocorticoids) such as cortisone and prednisone
  • Tamoxifen® (premenopausal use)
  • Thiazolidinediones such as Actos® and Avandia®
  • Thyroid hormones in excess

Note: This list may not include all medicines that may cause bone loss.

Osteoporosis and Steroid Medicines

While steroid medicines can be lifesaving treatments for some conditions, they can also cause bone loss and osteoporosis. These medicines are often referred to as steroids, glucocorticoids or corticosteroids. They should not be confused with anabolic steroids, which are male hormones that some athletes use to build muscle.

Steroids are much like certain hormones made by your own body. Healthcare providers prescribe them for many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis (but not osteoarthritis), asthma, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, lupus and allergies. They are often prescribed to relieve inflammation. They are also used along with other medicines to treat cancer and autoimmune conditions and to support organ transplants. Common steroid medicines are cortisone, dexamethasone (Decadron®), methylprednisolone (Medrol®) and prednisone. Intravenous forms include methylprednisolone sodium succinate (Solu-Medrol®).

Taking steroid medicines as pills in a dose of 5 mg or more for three or more months can increase the chance of bone loss and developing osteoporosis.

Talk with your healthcare provider about taking the lowest dose for the shortest period of time for your condition. If you need to take steroid medicines for longer than this, you should take steps to prevent bone loss. While taking steroids, it is especially important to get enough calcium and vitamin D. It’s also important to exercise and not smoke. You may also want to ask your healthcare provider if you need a bone density test.”

Many of these drugs interfere with Vitamin D absorption & metabolism, may cause deficiency of folate and/or vitamin B6, and reduce blood levels of vitamin K – all of which play important roles in bone health.
So, What Can You Do?

1.Take A Highly Bio-Available Form of Calcium

AlgaeCal Plus Calcium Supplement

Not all calcium are bio-available. Several different forms of calcium are used in supplements, but they are not equally well absorbed or utilized by our bodies. YOU need the most effectively absorbed and able-to-be-utilized-by-your-bones form of calcium. Many calcium supplements are hard on your gut and are constipating. AlgaeCal is neither because it’s derived from sea-algae, a living plant.

That’s why I only take AlgaeCal. Whereas other calcium supplements are derived from inedible rock, AlgaeCal is derived from sea-algae, i.e., from living plants that draw calcium and 70 other minerals from sea water and convert them into nourishing form. Thus, AlgaeCal’s plant-digested calcium is optimally bio-available. And many of those other minerals naturally present in AlgaeCal (also in highly bio-available form) play important roles in building bone.

AlgaeCal has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show.

Algaecal® Plus is a plant source of calcium and vital bone building minerals such as magnesium, boron, silica, strontium and more…. All derived from a South American Algae called Algas Calcareas™.


Algas Calcareas™ is USDA and IFOAM certified organic, making AlgaeCal the perfect calcium supplement for anyone looking for a raw whole food source of minerals.


This whole food calcium complex is also enhanced with the essential bone supporting ingredients, vitamin D3, vitamin K2 and Boron glucinate to create the clinically proven bone health builder, AlgaeCal® Plus.


Each Bottle Contains:
  • 90 Easy-to-Swallow Veggie Capsules
  • 30 Days Supply for Bone Health Maintenance
  • Non Constipating Calcium
  • Vegetarian Friendly


AlgaeCal Plus Dosage Information

  • Suggested Use – take AlgaeCal Plus with your meals for optimal results
  • For prevention or maintenance – take 3 capsules per day
  • For bone growth – take 2 capsules in the morning with breakfast and 2 with your evening meal

AlgaeCal Plus Supplement Facts


*Frequently Asked Question – if your doctor recommends 1200 mg of calcium per day how much AlgaeCal do I need?

On average you get 700 mg of calcium from your diet, so you would need to supplement 500 mg of calcium – 3 capsules of AlgaeCal Plus = 540 mg calcium. Each AlgaeCal capsule contains 180 mg of calcium.


Important Dosing Instructions if you are also Taking Strontium Boost

For optimal results, do not take strontium together with calcium because these two chemically similar minerals compete at the sites of absorption. Best to take your strontium first thing in the morning, half an hour to an hour before breakfast, or three hours after the last meal of the day. Take your AlgaeCal Plus calcium supplement separately, with a meal.

Where do I buy my AlgaeCal Plus Combo ( AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium)?
Click on the link below:

Increase Bone Density Guaranteed


2. Ensure You Are Getting Vitamin D3 In An Amount Sufficient To Meet YOUR Specific Needs

We’ve discussed the importance of getting tested for Vitamin D3 deficiency in prior Updates ( # 18).

You will need more vitamin D than the average person to get your levels up where they should be. Fortunately, this is easy to do. You just need to have your vitamin D3 levels checked, and then supplement with the amount of vitamin D that YOU need to bring your blood levels of 25(OH)D into optimal range, which is 60-80 ng/mL. For some of us it may mean a daily Vitamin D3 dosage of 3,000 mg, and for others it may mean a daily dosage of 5,000 mg or 10,000 mg – it’s all dependent upon how deficient you are.


3. Make Sure You Are Getting Sufficient Vitamin K2 To Benefit From Your Vitamin D3-Enhanced Ability To Absorb Calcium
We’ve discussed the importance of adding Vitamin K2 to your regimen in a prior Update (# 8), and the synergistic relationship between Vitamin D3, K2, and Calcium (the right kind of Calcium). Vitamin D greatly increases your body’s ability to absorb calcium, but it does not tell your body what to do with the calcium you can now absorb. That is the job of Vitamin K, specifically, vitamin K in its K2 form. There are 3 forms of vitamin K available in supplements – vitamin K1, and two types of vitamin K2, MK-4 and MK-7. Vitamin K1 does help lower inflammation (which is good for your bones since too much inflammation activates osteoclasts, the specialized cells that break down bone), but K1 does nothing to activate the proteins that put calcium into bone and keep it out of your arteries. Only vitamin K2 activates these proteins.

4. Add Strontium – It Helps Build Bones

Strontium: Breakthrough Against Osteoporosis
by Ward Dean, MD
“…In 1985, Dr. Stanley C. Skoryna of McGill University in Montreal conducted a small-scale study that pointed to a potential role for strontium in the treatment of humans. Three men and three women with osteoporosis were each given 600 to 700 mg/day of strontium in the form of strontium carbonate. Bone biopsies were taken in each patient at the iliac crest (hip bone), before and after six months of treatment with strontium. Biopsy samples showed a 172 percent increase in the rate of bone formation after strontium therapy, with no change in bone resorption. The patients receiving strontium remarked that the pains in their bones had diminished and their ability to move around had improved…

Take Note:

Dr. J.Y. Reginster (2002), one of the principal strontium researchers, cautions that co-administration of strontium with calcium appears to impair strontium absorption,10 so I recommend that strontium be taken on an empty stomach, and that it especially not be taken with other multi-minerals that usually include calcium…”


Strontium Supplement - Strontium citrate supplement

Strontium Boost™ is a strontium citrate supplement that is clinically proven to increase mineral density when taken with AlgaeCal Plus®. The strontium citrate in our product is natural strontium which is an element mined from the earth. This strontium is combined with citric acid which is what is found in citrus fruits like oranges to form strontium citrate. All the ingredients found in Strontium Boost™ are completely natural.

If you are actively trying to grow bone because you have been diagnosed with osteopenia, osteoporosis or you are at risk of developing osteoporosis then it is recommended to take AlgaeCal Plus®and Strontium Boost™.


Each Bottle Contains:

  • 90 Easy-to-Swallow Veggie Capsules
  • Pure Strontium Citrate
  • 30 Days Supply


Strontium Boost Dosage Information


If you are actively trying to build bone, Strontium Boost is very important. This formula was included in the AlgaeCal Bone Health Program because recent exciting French studies have shown Strontium to be very effective in enhancing bone growth. Strontium is a naturally occurring element in the earth which is quite similar chemically to calcium. It is completely safe and non-toxic. Several studies on various forms of strontium have shown extraordinary results on bone growth, dental cavities and arthritis H.


Important Dosing Instructions

For optimal results, take 3 capsules of Strontium Boost per day.

Important Dosing Instructions if you are also Taking AlgaeCal or any Calcium product

*Do not take strontium together with calcium because these two chemically similar minerals compete at the sites of absorption. Best to take your strontium first thing in the morning, half an hour to an hour before breakfast, or three hours after the last meal of the day. Take your AlgaeCal Plus calcium supplement separately, with a meal.


Where do I buy my Strontium Boost and AlgaeCal Plus Combo ( AlgaeCal Plus & Strontium)?


click on the link below:

Strontium Boost will help increase bone density, Guaranteed!
AlgaeCal Calcium strong>

As always, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor for any possible drug interactions, especially if you are on any blood thinning medications.


“Fighting Osteoporosis With AlgaeCal!”

“I am 59 years old and have had osteoporosis for the past ten years due to frequent prednisone use for ulcerative colitis. Every year my test results have gotten worse. I tried Fosamax and Actonel, but was allergic to both of them. As I was searching the Internet for something natural that would increase bone density, I came across Algaecal. I was impressed with what I read and told my doctor that I was going to take 4 Algaecal Plus and 3 Strontium Boost daily for one year. If my bone density showed significant improvement, she could offer her patients an alternative to synthetic drugs for osteoporosis.

During this past year I had to take prednisone on four separate occasions. So, my hopes of any significant improvement seemed slim. I recently had my bone density test done (July 3,2008) – exactly one year to the day from my last one. I was amazed at the improvement.

My left hip went from a T-score of -2.6 to a -2.4. The left femoral neck of my left hip went from a -3.2 to a -2.9. There was an increase in the composite bone mineral density of 2.8%.

My total lumbar spine went from a T-score of -2.7 to a -2.3. The L3 region went from -3.0 to a -2.6, and the L4 region went from a -3.4 to a -2.7. This was an increase in the composite bone mineral density by 5.8%.

My left forearm went from a -2.8 to a -2.7. This was an increase in the composite bone mineral density by 0.5%.

In every area I improved. I am hopeful that one day I will be osteoporosis free! I am so thankful to God for leading me to this product, and I highly recommend this wonderful natural solution for osteoporosis.”Betty Rombough , 3/18/09


“Improved My Bone Density!”

“Hi – I have just made my second big order with you and do have some exciting news to share.

My bone density was first tested five years ago when I was 55. Results were as follows:-
T Score Lumbar: – 3,8 T Score Femur: – 2,7
Z Score Lumbar – 2,2 Z Score Femur – 1,5
Over the next few years I tried all sorts of natural things but my bone density kept going down and last year (2007) I was at:

T Score Lumbar – 4,3 T Score Femur – 3,1
Z Score Lumbar – 2,4 Z Score Femur – 1,7
You can imagine I was feeling a bit desperate at this point so I went on to Livial but also did some more research into the natural fields. I might add here that I have coeliac disease which I am sure has caused a problem with absorption – the calcium I was taking was just not getting through apparently. I discovered Algaecal and decided to give it a try, taking both Algaecal Plus and Strontium Boost. I found I tolerated both no problem and have taken them for a year now. Imagine my delight when I went for a bone density test a week or so ago and found my results to be better on the whole than when I was first measured. Here are the results for June 2008:
T Score Lumbar – 3,8 T Score Femur – 2,5
Z Score Lumbar – 1,8 Z Score Femur – 1
So I will continue with Algaecal Plus and Strontium Boost (plus Livial for the time being) a healthy diet and reasonable exercise. I am almost sixty now, around 5ft and weigh approx 100lbs. I feel great and will let you know my results again next year – I anticipate more success!
Many thanks for your excellent product and very good service.” –Carola Leonard




“Hi, in 2007 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. After one year on Fosamax there was no improvement. Still bone loss. I stopped taking it.

I found AlgaeCal and began the program. Although I have had periods where I’ve missed taking the AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost (ran out, late re-ordering), there has been continual improvement.

In 2011 scan tests showed no osteoporosis but improvement to osteopoenia. Today, 24th September 2012, scan results show NO osteo problems. Totally reversed. I have better than normal bone density for my age. I’m 62 this year. Wahoo !! Will put another order in asap and make sure I don’t forget again. Thank you AlgaeCal !” Janice Mau, 9/24/12


My lumbar spine density has increased 16.6% and my femoral neck density has increased by 5.1% since my last test in 2008


“I’ve been on your regime for bone building for several years now, and am very pleased with the bone density test results from January this year. My lumbar spine density has increased by 16.6% and my femoral neck density has increased by 5.1%, since my last test in 2008.

I credit algaecal and strontium with the increase, also my diet. I do believe that changing to an alkaline diet is something that you could promote. Dairy products and most animal products have an acidic effect on the body, so promoting these as sources of calcium is perhaps inadvisable. Establishing a plant-based diet with the emphasis on the more alkaline items is very beneficial. There is a lot of medical information online to explain how the body pulls calcium from the bones when the system is acidic. It doesn’t matter how many supplements you take, if the calcium is being excreted at a great rate!

Anyway, I am convinced of the benefits of algaecal and strontium, and will continue on those supplements at least until my bone density registers in the normal range. Then I will try a couple of years without, maintaining my alkaline diet, and see how I go.

Thanks for being there” :-). Judy MacDonnell, 3/15/12

“…the 17% increase was surely the result of my taking Strontium Boost…My specialist said this was EXCEPTIONAL”


“Today I had my annual visit with the specialist treating me. He didn’t know I already had a copy of the results of the last test. So he announced to me the 17% increase, showed me the color graphic showing how I moved from the Orange area to the light Green area, skipping the Yellow area, and said: this is surely the result of my taking Strontium.

He also said this was EXCEPTIONAL results, even if sometimes there is the possibility of exaggerated or false reading, if we take 50% of that or a 8% increase in my bone density, it is still exceptional. Medication he normally prescribe gives 2 or 3% annually only. I’m very happy to hear him admit quite freely that what I was taking was the cause of my getting so much better. He told me to continue with that.” – Andre Robert


Step 4 – Adding Which Key Supplements?



5) L-Glutamine and Glutathione

L-Glutamine is one of the most important nutrients for your intestines. Glutamine is the primary energy source for your immune system. It has the ability to “repair Leaky Gut Syndrome” by maintaining the integrity of the bowels. But please be aware there is a distinct and important difference between L-Glutamine and Glutamic Acid, and the one required for Colonic Repair is: L-Glutamine.


Although L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is frequently used as a sports and fitness supplement,  it has been found to help modulate the immune system and protect the mucosal protective layer in the intestine. Studies have demonstrated that glutamine can help improve blood flow in inflamed segments of the colon in patients who have ulcerative colitis, although its benefits did not extend to the most seriously affected portion of the colon (Kruschewski M et al 1998). Glutamine is also able to reduce leakiness of the intestine, which may help to reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.

There have been numerous studies done on Glutamine supplementation and its beneficial effects. Please see Scientific/Medical Studies page.

L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is the main source of energy for the mucosal cells that line the intestines, and helps them heal.

How do I take L-Glutamine?

I take it daily, mixed in my breakfast shake.

Here’s the recipe for “Morning Glory Shake”:

  • 8 oz. of Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop of Pro-Optimal Whey Protein powder, chocolate flavored
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of Maca Root Powder
  • 3 scoops of L-Glutamine powder (approx. 15 grams) 
  • 1 scoop of D-Ribose (approx. 5 grams)

Mix all the ingredients in a blender – on very low speed, as the amino acids in the Pro-Optimal Whey Protein are delicate and can easily be destroyed with heat (through high speed blenders which create heat), and enjoy. This “Morning Glory” shake is just delicious and so packed with all the nutrition you need, not just to start your day off right, but to help heal your immune system and colon.

Step 4 – Adding Which Key Supplements?

Click here to see the L-Glutamine Amino Acid Powder

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and plays vital roles in muscle repair and recovery, as well as colonic repair. Optimum Nutrition’s Glutamine Powder is made from pure L-Glutamine and is flavorless, making it easy to mix!

5 out of 5 stars

“Awesome product! It’s pretty simple – only ingredient is glutamine. I take 1 scoop (5g each night before bed). When I first started taking it, I had much deeper sleep = more dreams = more REM = better recovery/energy levels. I got a bunch of my clients taking it, too. They experienced the same thing. It’s pretty affordable – certainly worth the investment.” by Daniel.



Step 4 – Adding Which Key Supplements?



Glutathione, Cysteine, & Vitamin C

Click here to see this product

Glutathione, Cysteine & C 100 vegetarian capsules Item Catalog Number: 01541
L-cysteine is a conditionally essential amino acid, one of only three sulfur-containing amino acids, the others being taurine (which can be produced from L-cysteine) and L-methionine (from which L-cysteine can be produced in the body by a multi-step process). Cysteine plays a role in the sulfation cycle, acting as a sulfur donor in phase II detoxification and as a methyl donor in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine.1,2 Cysteine also helps synthesize glutathione, the body’s most important intracellular antioxidant and a vital detoxifier.3-7

Glutathione (gamma-L-glutamyl-L-cysteinyl-glycine) is a peptide (short-protein) molecule synthesized in the body from the three amino acids L-glutamic acid, L-cysteine and glycine. Glutathione is one of the body’s most important and powerful antioxidants,8 helping to detoxify xenobiotics.9-12 A major function of vitamin C is to keep glutathione in its reduced form so that it can continue to provide free radical-quenching effects.12-15

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a white, crystalline, water-soluble substance found in citrus fruits. As an antioxidant, vitamin C scavenges free radicals in the body and protects tissues from oxidative stress.16-23 Vitamin C also promotes the absorption of iron, while preventing its oxidation.24,25 Vitamin C is a vital cofactor to the formation of collagen, the connective tissue that supports arterial walls, skin, bones, and teeth.20-22

Because humans do not manufacture vitamin C internally, it must be obtained through dietary sources or supplements. Few people realize, however, that vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that is quickly oxidized and excreted by the body,26 which limits its efficacy. Until now, those seeking to capture vitamin C’s optimal health benefits have had no choice but to consume it several times throughout the day.

Note: I take this Glutathione product because as a result of testing my Glutathione levels which were low, and as we have covered in the Updates, low levels of Glutathione are associated with several Auto-Immune Diseases, including Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, and IBD.

Here’s the Glutathione test I had done:
Click here to see about the Glutathione Blood Testing

Glutathione is classified as a ‘tripeptide’, which means it is composed of three amino acids. The body produces glutathione from the amino acids Cysteine, Glutamic Acid and Glycine. Glutathione is an interesting and important antioxidant because it is found within the cell where it has the power to keep the cell running smoothly by neutralizing free radicals.

It is also known to enhance healthy growth and activity of immune cells plus it enables the body to rid itself of unwanted toxins and heavy metals.

Low levels of glutathione have been implicated in many autoimmune disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

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