Coral

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About

Coral is the skeletal structure of a marine animal. It makes up coral reefs. Don't confuse coral with coral root (Corallorhiza odontorhiza).

Coral is used as a calcium supplement; to treat multiple sclerosis; and to treat and prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic health problems.

Surgeons use coral as a foundation for growing new bone in reconstructive surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, and in areas damaged by trauma. New bone cells grow inside the coral, which eventually dissolves.

The Federal Trade Commission has charged the marketers of a coral supplement called "Coral Calcium Supreme" with making unsupported health and medical claims about the product's ability to cure cancer or other diseases such as multiple sclerosis and heart disease.

How it works

Surgeons use coral as a replacement for bone. It seems to allow the body to grow new bone in its place.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Use as a surgical replacement for bone

Coral can be used in place of bone for spinal fusions and bone tumors. It can also be used in dental, facial, and other surgeries. Coral offers some advantages over bone transplants. It has a lower rate of infection and doesn't carry the risk of transmitting AIDS, hepatitis, or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Concerns

Likely safe

Coral is LIKELY SAFE for most people when used in surgery as a bone substitute. There is not enough information to know if coral taken by mouth is safe. Some oral coral products contain lead.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking coral if you arepregnantorbreast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Coral.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.