Coral: "Fountain of youth" or "Scam"
Coral is neither a fountain of youth, nor a scam. Coral Calcium is an excellent source of calcium and minerals which are in an exceptionally bio-available form. When people lacking calcium and trace minerals finally absorb them, some exciting benefits may occur creating this fountain of youth idea. No clinical trials of any significance have been done, so there is no medical evidence one way or the other. Lab assays show the mineral content is real, hundreds of doctors (at this stage mostly Chiropractors and Naturopathic Doctors with only a small handful of MD's) now recommend the product, personal testimonials attesting to benefits number in the thousands. We categorize coral as a very good health supplement - nothing more and nothing less. One should take it with the expectation it will support your body like any other excellent health supplement.
Mr. Barefoot, often confused as a Doctor, is not an MD or other type of medical practitioner. He is a chemist who has specialized in the study of calcium, an author and a dynamic lecturer. Like other excellent promoters, Mr. Barefoot has been known to oversimplify certain issues and overstate certain benefits of the type of coral he gets paid to promote, in our opinion. We think his overstatements may ultimately bring criticism to an excellent health supplement. It should be noted that there are other less-visible experts on coral calcium that offer balancing perspectives.
Robert Barefoot Formula
Several companies, each with a different formula, either have Bob Barefoot's name on their formula or advertise that they represent him in one way or another. Robert Barefoot has licensed his name to a company which has developed several brands and markets through several distributors. Confusing matters further, Mr. Barefoot has represented most of the Coral companies at one time or another as his mission is to help America heal itself and he tends to hop from company to company. If you see his name on a bottle of coral, one thing is certain - Bob Barefoot is not producing it as he has parted company with the licensor of his name. Not that it really matters - plain ground up coral in powder form works very well on it's own. Any formula containing some Vitamin D and maybe a few other goodies is a bonus with or without Barefoot's name on it. Again, choose your product using criteria other than who's name is on it or who formulated it.
What about Sango - some say Sango is the best. Actually Sango is simply a local Okinawan reference to Coral in general - so all Okinawan Coral is Sango.
All Okinawan Coral is ionized too - that just means it takes on a charge (a positive one to be specific) so don't be fooled by companies claiming to have a superior product because it is "Ionized" Coral Calcium. The important thing is that this ionization makes it far more useable for humans compared to regular calcium supplements.
Some claim to have "clinical grade" but no explanation is offered as to how this is different from any other. Coral is a whole food source of calcium and minerals and there is no standard grading system including "clinical grade". Something that does matter more is particle size. It comes in a range of sizes from 2 microns (like flour) up to 44 microns. The smaller, the better for absorption.
How it works?
Most agree that coral works very well, but how is really up for debate. The method of action for Coral is unknown. Some say it is by regulating body pH, others claim a homeopathic action, some espouse a cell salt theory. We favor the view that the synergy between the minerals found in coral plus the fact that they have been pre-digested by the coral polyps and hence in an organic form that is easy to assimilate has more to do with how it works than anything.