Volume 5, Issue 27
July 5, 2012
Why you must stop taking
calcium supplements now
If you take extra calcium supplements, it’s time to stop.
For years, medical professionals have told women to take up to 1,500 mg of calcium every day. But I’ve said that not only is this not necessary, it’s downright dangerous.
It’s not necessary because your body regulates calcium absorption from your diet so tightly that you’re sure to get all the calcium you need from your diet alone. Since your body gets plenty of calcium from your diet, adding more causes all sorts of problems. These include vitamin D suppression, kidney stones, and calcium deposits in your joints and arteries. So why take a supplement that you don’t need and can cause problems?
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Now a new study is showing another danger of calcium supplements — heart attacks. According to the data in this study, those who take calcium supplements have more than twice the risk of having a heart attack than those who don’t take them.
The authors published the study just this last month in the journal Heart. So it received wide attention in the medical community. But you probably haven’t heard much about it. The media has largely ignored it.
In the study, the researchers looked at data collected from 23,980 men and women between the ages of 35–64 years. At the beginning of the study, all of them were free from any signs of heart disease. The researchers studied the group for an average of 11 years. During that time, 354 of them had a heart attack. Of this group, 267 died. What they discovered backs up what I have been saying.
The people who had the highest dietary intake of calcium had 30% fewer heart attacks. That’s because when you take it as part of a healthy diet, your body regulates it for safety. You get exactly the amount you need.
However, those taking calcium supplements were not so fortunate. They had 2.4 times as many heart attacks as those who just left it to a good diet. The authors of the study concluded that “calcium supplements should be taken with caution.”
I think they’re being too conservative. Since the evidence is conclusive that calcium supplements are of no benefit to the bones or any other part of the body in someone who already eats a good diet, I think the learning point here is obvious. Eat well, and avoid calcium supplements unless there is a distinct medical reason why you need them.
There are better ways to get additional protection for your bones. One of the best is to take Ultimate Bone Support from Advanced Bionutritionals. It has ample vitamin D, vitamin K, and l-lysine (among other nutrients) to build strong, flexible bones.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
REF: LiK, Kaaks R, Linseisen J, Rohrmann S. Associations of dietary calcium intake and calcium supplementation with myocardial infarction and stroke risk and overall cardiovascular mortality in the Heidelberg cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study (EPIC-Heidelberg) Heart, 2012;98:920-925doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2011-301345
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