Coral calcium: Safe for people with shellfish allergies?

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Coral calcium: Safe for people with shellfish allergies?

Question

Can a person with shellfish allergies take coral calcium?

Jenny
Ohio

Answer

If you have shellfish allergies, you shouldn't take coral calcium. Coral calcium, which is obtained from ocean coral reefs, can trigger allergic reactions, such as hives, breathing problems and swelling, in people with shellfish allergies. There's no scientific evidence that coral calcium is better than other forms of calcium. Also, some coral calcium products manufactured in countries outside the United States have been found to contain high levels of lead.

Last Updated: 02/24/2005
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