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Contact: Andy Lavin
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Freshwater Crustacean

Caption: According to the new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, this type of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) consists of unstable, nano-sized particles. Several species of crustaceans, including freshwater crayfish, are capable of stabilizing this mineral form so they can efficiently store and rapidly re-use large calcium quantities. Using new technology inspired by the crustaceans’ natural process, the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers tested this synthetic ACC compound against other commonly used calcium supplements. Results of experiments showed that the absorption and retention rates were up to 40 percent higher in the blood and 30 percent higher in bone when the ACC compound is compared to other calcium sources. Such dramatic enhancement in absorption may be useful in reducing the necessary dosage of calcium, lowering side effects and increasing a patient's compliance.

Credit: Marganit Capaso/Amorphical

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