In a study of more 388,000 participants between the ages of 50 and 71 years, according to a report published in the American medical Association’s journal, Internal Medicine. This does not surprise me. In the November issue of my newsletter I explained why I’m not a fan of high dose calciumWhat it does: Promotes a healthy heart, clots blood, promotes healthy nerves, contracts muscles, improves skin, bone and dental health, relieves aching muscles and bones,… supplementation. While the RDA is 800 to 1200mg, and the average intake is at least 800mg, some people erroneously supplement 1,000mg of calcium on it’s own, which is way too much in my opinion. This study found that men who supplemented more than 1,000mg of calcium a day had a higher risk of cardiovascular death, but not stroke-related deaths.
Calcium, especially when taken without magnesiumWhat it does: Strengthens bones and teeth, promotes healthy muscles by helping them to relax, also important for PMS, important for heart muscles and nervous… and vitamin DWhat it does: Helps maintain strong and healthy bones by retaining calcium. Deficiency Signs: Joint pain or stiffness, backache, tooth decay, muscle cramps, hair loss…., encourages deposition in arteries and raised blood pressure. Many women take calcium believing it will strengthen their bones, but there is no good evidence for this, unless calcium is taken with vitamin CWhat it does: Strengthens immune system – fights infections. Makes collagen, keeping bones, skin and joints firm and strong. Antioxidant, detoxifying pollutants and protecting against…. In any event in this study women supplementing calcium were not found to be at higher risk of dying from heart disease. Given that the highest need, in elderly people, is 1200mg, and that most people achieve 800mg from their diet, the highest supplemental need would be 400mg, taken with magnesium, vitamin D and other bone-friendly nutrients. If you’d like to find out more about calcium in diet and supplements and who really need it, read ‘who needs calcium’ in my 100% Health newsletter.
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