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What is Calcium Pyruvate?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Calcium pyruvate is a nutritional supplement that combines naturally occurring pyruvic acid with calcium. While pyruvate is produced in the body and aids in the conversion of sugar and starches into energy, the two components together can help enhance the metabolism and speed up the creation of energy. Along with helping people feel more energized, using the supplement can also aid in weight loss when used along with a sensible diet and regular exercise.

Because it helps in burning fat to create more fuel for the body to use, the supplement helps to reduce fat that is stored around the abdomen and other parts of the body. The additional energy that is generated helps the body to function more efficiently and comes in handy when exercising as part of an overall health improvement regimen. In an indirect manner, this also means that calcium pyruvate aids in mental as well as physical health, since some emotional issues may have a physical connection.

Combining pyruvate with calcium creates supplements that will not interfere with any body function, and using it will not cause the body to produce less pyruvate. Instead, it will enhance the effectiveness of the compound that is already present in the body and increase the user's ability to maintain energy for the day and prevent the accumulation of extra pounds. This supplement should not be viewed as a way to eat and drink anything and still lose weight, however. The product works best when used along with eating lean meats, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, choosing complex carbohydrates over simple ones, and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

Purchasing calcium pyruvate is relatively simple, since many health food and vitamin stores will carry at least one brand of the supplement. There is also a good chance of finding it in retail stores that cater to exercise enthusiasts and athletes, since it helps to increase metabolism and generate extra energy. While the cost may appear to be somewhat expensive, many find that, in the long run, using the supplement will cost less than investing in complicated diet plans that may or may not produce results.

As with any nutritional product, it is a good idea for people who are considering using this supplement to check with a medical professional first. A healthcare professional can alert the patient to any existing medical conditions that might inhibit the effectiveness of the calcium pyruvate, as well as determine if it would interfere with any prescription medications the person is taking.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including TheHealthBoard, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

Discussion Comments

By anon993539 — On Nov 23, 2015

This article completely misses the science. Pyruvate does not "help" to produce energy, it is an end product of glucose metabolism. The conversion of pyruvate to lactate cleaves hydrogen from NADH to form NAD which then enters the TCA cycle (fatty acid oxidation). This occurs naturally and the body produces as much as is needed; supplementation does not enhance the effectiveness.

Pyruvate converts to lactate only when NADH is elevated (as in exercise) and lactate reconverts to pyruvate in the liver to provide more glucose. This is a tightly regulated system.

Also, in response to some of the post responses: do not ever see a 'nutritionist'. A nutritionist is to a dietician as a personal trainer is to a physical therapist or exercise physiology (one is a weekend certification and the other has over 7 years of education). Please do not mix the two as it is offensive to those of us who have earned the expertise.

By OeKc05 — On Nov 19, 2012

@shell4life – If you can only use it for six weeks, do you start to gain the weight back after you stop taking it? I was going to buy calcium pyruvate so that I could have assistance losing ten pounds, but now, I'm wondering if I could keep it off without help!

By shell4life — On Nov 18, 2012

@healthy4life – Since calcium pyruvate is made of things that you naturally have in your body anyway, it should be safe. The only side effects I've ever heard anyone complain about are bloating and diarrhea, and not everyone experiences those.

You have to follow the recommended calcium pyruvate dosage, though. I wouldn't go over that. Also, you are only supposed to take it for six weeks.

By healthy4life — On Nov 18, 2012

Does calcium pyruvate have side effects? I'm tempted to try it, but I have a kidney disease, and I need to know if it is safe for me to use.

By Oceana — On Nov 17, 2012

@anon39309 – That will work for some people, particularly those in their twenties. However, when you reach your thirties, your metabolism slows way down, so even proper diet and exercise may not be enough.

I have been having a big struggle with losing weight. I've been eating lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for nearly a year now, and I've been walking a mile every day. Still, I was only able to lose four pounds before getting stuck at 130 pounds.

After reading this article, I believe that calcium pyruvate and weight loss may go hand in hand. I think that it might be the answer to my problem, and I'm going to give it a try.

By anon271881 — On May 28, 2012

I'd recommend this to anyone, honestly. I've lost 75 pounds taking mostly just this supplement and getting about three to four hours of exercise a week. But you have to exercise. Just taking this alone will do nothing for you.

By anon39309 — On Jul 31, 2009

Why not just eat a healthy diet and exercise?

By anon24967 — On Jan 21, 2009

That really depends on your dietary needs and how much calcium you get from your diet. It would be a good idea to talk with a nutritionist about your particular situation before deciding to take a calcium supplement along with calcium pyruvate.

By dvande7582 — On Jan 20, 2009

Is it still necessary to take calcium supplements when taking calcium pyruvate? Thanks so much.

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