Calcium Pyruvate

What Does Calcium Pyruvate do?

Pyruvate is present naturally in the foods that we eat and functions in the body is to assist in the production of energy for the cells. Pyruvate breaks down glucose and starches to form energy for called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This process is called the Kreb cycle or the Acid Cycle. Pyruvate is a key component in this process, we could not form ATP in this fashion without it.


ATP is the main fuel for the cells that powers the most vital functions of your body such as muscle contraction, and nerve impulses. ATP can be produced by several distinct cellular processes and pyruvate plays a vital role in a few of them.

What Is Calcium Pyruvate?

Calcium Pyruvate is Pyruvate in a stable form that you can take as a supplement. Taking this supplement increase the amount of pyruvate in your cells without having to eat a large amount of foods that are naturally high in pyruvate.


Having more pyruvate in your cells has been shown in a few studies to increase the amount of sugar and glucose converted into energy. This along with reduced caloric diet has been shown to expedite fat loss.


On a reduced caloric diet it also will make sure you have enough pyruvate to keep your cells converting sugar to energy properly. As well it will supplement your levels of calcium from not eating dairy and other foods like apples that are high in pyruvate.
You would have to eat 70 apples a day to get the same amount of pyruvate as you would from three of Whole Health’s supplemental calcium pyruvate tablets. 

Calcium Pyruvate Benefits

Calcium Pyruvate Benefits

It has been shown in one human clinical study to moderately help in fat loss which in

turn means weight loss with limited side effects. This is the main use of most seeking to take calcium pyruvate as a supplement.


The second most popular use is to use it topically in a professional clinic as an anti-aging chemical peal.


There are a few other studies conducted that show slightly positive results in reduction cataracts, improvement of IBS symptoms and anti-inflammatory benefits in the colon. But these have all been animal studies, the only human studies have been around the use of calcium pyruvate for weight loss and pyruvic acid for acne reduction. More human trails are needed to determine all, and best uses of calcium pyruvate. By and large the studies done on Calcium pyruvate have been done on animals.

Calcium pyruvate for losing weight


The idea behind taking calcium pyruvate for weight loss is that it helps maintain or speed up the process of converting sugars and starches to produce ATP for your cells while having a reduced caloric intake, you can read more in our article about Calcium Pyruvate and weight loss


Calcium Pyruvate with Exercise and Body Building


Calcium pyruvate is used in bodybuilding for fat loss you can read more about this and get some example plans in our article about calcium pyruvate and bodybuilding

Pyruvic Acid for Anti-Aging and Acne

Professional medical spas offer pyruvic acid skin peels that help reduces acne, blemishes and fine lines but should be applied by a specialist that understands your skins specific complexions for best results. There are different types of acidic skin peels for that work best for oily or dry skin.


One 120 person study shows that Pyruvic acid was a safe treatment and improved the groups over all oiliness of their skin, and reduced acne.

How to take Calcium Pyruvate

Calcium Pyruvate is taken orally and comes in a capsule of powder form. You can take it up to 3 times daily. As well it can be taken with or without a meal. It is always best to start with a smaller amount and stop taking it all together if you start to have an upset stomach or diarrhea.

Suggested Dosages

If taking for weight loss, one recommended dosage for calcium pyruvate is 5 grams per day. But if you are taking for the first time the Whole Health 750 mg is a good option to take 2 capsules 1 to 3 times a day, but ask your health care professional before taking any supplements.


Calcium pyruvate is recognized to be likely safe to take for most people, but you want take the dosage that your doctor recommends. Taking large doses can result in unwanted effects. It is also not recommended to take if you are pregnant or nursing.
Most people should probably use dosages on the lower end than what is taken in the human trails, as those people where monitored by healthcare professionals while taking calcium pyruvate.


If using topically for skin. Applying a 50% pyruvic acid skin peel once a week for 4 weeks seems to smooth skin, decrease wrinkles, and decrease dark spots associated with aging due to sun exposure.

Side Effects and Downsides

Some of the most reported side effects from using calcium pyruvate are gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating, that increase in severity with larger doses.
Side effects may be improved by lowering the dose or to stop taking the supplement entirely.
Additionally, even though there not much information about pyruvate interacting with medications, this is always a possibility. So again, consult a doctor before beginning your journey with calcium pyruvate

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