Bone Mass and Osteoporosis
A study conducted by Amorphical in this field compared the fractional absorption and bone-building activity of calcium between two groups of postmenopausal women, who were given identical doses of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) and crystalline calcium carbonate (CCC). CCC is currently the most common commercially available calcium supplement, and therefore serves as a baseline for comparison with other calcium supplements.
The results of this study show that fractional calcium absorption (FCA) from ACC is on average twice higher compared to CCC. We also found a significant negative correlation between the baseline FCA from CCC and the improved FCA from ACC. In other words, patients with low gastrointestinal absorption of calcium from CCC showed higher than the average improvement in FCA after administration of ACC. These findings support the hypothesis that ACC’s gastrointestinal absorption mechanism is different from what is conventionally known, which consists of the absorption of dissolved calcium ions through the intestine walls. 1
Similarly, in one of Amorphical’s preclinical studies that used ovariectomized rats as a model for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, the calcium bioavailability was significantly increased in the animals treated with ACC compared to the CCC group.2 An examination of bone density and physical structure (femur and 4th lumbar vertebra) revealed that:
1. Bone mass density (BMD) was higher in the animals treated with ACC compared to CCC and untreated ones;
2. The bones of animals treated with ACC were better structured, and therefore stronger.
The findings of both these studies suggest that ACC’s high bioavailability (because of its different activity and absorption mechanisms) should help increase BMD.
Hypoparathyroidism is a rare medical condition caused by full or partial inability of the body to produce the parathyroid hormone (PTH). This hormone regulates calcium absorption and use, and its deficiency leads to low blood calcium (hypocalcemia). Hypoparathyroidism is classified as an “orphan disease”, with about 200,000 patients, globally.
Because hypoparathyroidism is a chronic condition, people who have it must take daily calcium supplement in doses that can be remarkably high and reach up to 10,000 mg/day to maintain normal calcium concentration in the blood.
A clinical study conducted in Rambam Hospital included 9 patients, each on a different stable dose of calcium. In the course of the study, each patient’s calcium was gradually replaced with amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC). The final ACC dose was half of the patient’s previous dose of calcium, yet their blood calcium levels remained normal.3
The results of this study prove that the total daily dose of calcium can be reduced at least by half when using ACC compared to other calcium supplements. This can be explained by ACC’s exceptional solubility and bioavailability.
The results of the study have been submitted to the FDA, which gave its approval to continue clinical studies (Phase 2/3) in humans.
Amorphical has performed two initial clinical studies in Meir4 and Hadassah5 hospitals. Both studies included terminal patients who had exhausted every available treatment option and had an estimated life expectancy of 1-3 months. Those patients were receiving no anti-cancer treatment, only palliative care to improve their quality of life. They were treated with sublingual ACC powder combined with ACC inhalation. Out of the 15 patients recruited in the two hospitals, 2 demonstrated a significant clinical improvement.
An 81-year-old male with advanced prostate cancer showed clinical remission, and a 74-year-old female with advanced colorectal cancer and metastases in the lungs demonstrated significant clinical improvement and returned to active life. The clinical improvement is manifested by increased blood oxidation and significant reduction of pains.
To conclude, 2 out of the 15 terminally-ill patients recruited for the studies in both sites have survived for over 2 years (as of April 2021). The study in Hadassah hospital is still open.
1 “A Randomized, Double-Blind, Crossover Bioavailability Study Comparing Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) Versus Crystalline Calcium Carbonate (CCC) Using Stable Calcium Isotopes In Postmenopausal Women”; ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01338142; Study Principal Investigator: Prof. N. Vaisman, Ichilov Hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Published in the following article:
“Increased calcium absorption from synthetic stable amorphous calcium carbonate: double-blind randomized crossover clinical trial in postmenopausal women”, Vaisman N, Shaltiel G, Daniely M, Meiron OE, Shechter A, Abrams SA, Niv E, Shapira Y, Sagi A., J Bone Miner Res. 2014;29(10):2203-9.
2 “Bone loss prevention in ovariectomized rats using stable amorphous calcium carbonate”, Shaltiel, G., Bar-David, E., Meiron, O.E., Waltman, E., Shechter, A., Aflalo, E.D., Stepensky, D., Berman, A., Martin, B.R. & Weaver, C.M, Health 5, 18-29 (2013). Health
3 “Comparing Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) Versus Crystalline Calcium Substance (CCS) in Hypoparathyroidism Patients”. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01815021; Study Principal Investigator: Prof. S. Ish-Shalom, Ramban Hospital, Haifa, Israel.
4 “Improving Function, Welfare of Late-stage Cancer Subjects by ACC”; ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03057314; Study Principal Investigator: Prof. M Gotfried, Meir Hospital, Kfar Saba, Israel
5 “Effect of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) Treatment on Function and Welfare Improvement in Late-stage Solid Cancer Subjects (With or Without Lung Involvement)”; ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03582280; Study Principal Investigator: Prof. N. Hovav, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel