Stoned To Death: Calcium Supplements Proven To Kill Again

Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Attack Risk by 86%

Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Attack Risk by 86 Percent

New research published in the journal Heart has confirmed the findings of two controversial studies on calcium supplementation and heart attack risk published in the British Medical Journal last year, and which found a 24-27% increased risk of heart attack for those who took 500 mg of elemental calcium a day.[1] [2]

The results of this newest review, involving 24,000 people between the ages of 35 and 64, were even more alarming. Those participants who took a regular calcium supplement increased their risk of having a heart attack by 86% versus those who took no calcium supplements at all.

Why Do We Obsessively Consume Rock, Bone And Shell Calcium?

People really should not be so surprised at the idea that calcium supplementation may be toxic to cardiovascular health. After all, many subject themselves to coronary and cardiac calcium scans in order to ascertain their risk of cardiovascular events and/or cardiac mortality. This is because we know that calcium of the wrong kind in the wrong place can result in serious adverse health effects. There are, in fact, quite a few in the field of nutrition who have long warned against supplementation with elemental calcium; which is to say, calcium from limestone, oyster shell, egg shell and bone meal (hydroxylapatite). There are also those who have not needed to be "experts," because they exercised common sense when it came to not eating rocks or shells.  

The seemingly universal popularity of taking elemental calcium supplements results from the promotional efforts of conventional health "experts" and organizations like the National Osteoporosis Foundation (whose corporate sponsors include the calcium manufacturers Oscal and Citrical). Also, the World Health Organization created a radically new definition of "normal" bone density in 1994 when it took the 25-year old young adult standard (which is peak bone mass in a women's life cycle), also known as the "T-score," and applied it to all women, irrespective of their age.

This resulted in redefining the normal and gradual loss of bone mineral density that comes with aging as a disease, essentially medicalizing a non-condition. It also resulted in millions of women being coerced into taking unnecessary (and dangerous) "bone-building" drugs and inorganic calcium supplements to drive bone mineral density higher, by any means necessary. Suddenly, healthy women were being told they had a disease called "osteopenia" or "osteoporosis," even while their bone mineral density was normal for their age, gender and ethnicity (which would have been clear as day, had the age-mediated "Z-score" been used). Moreover, the #1 and #2 cause of death in women are heart disease and cancer, respectively, with heart attack and breast cancer being the primary causes of morbidity and mortality.

When you consider that the risk of death as a side effect of fracture associated with low bone mineral density is infinitesimal relative to that of dying from calcium-induced heart attack, and/or high bone mineral density associated malignant breast cancer (300% higher risk for those in the top quarter percentile of BMD), the justification for promoting osteopenia/osteoporosis prevention and/or treatment in women's health above far more serious and likely health threats completely falls apart. In fact, it appears that this myopic fixation may be significantly contributing to their premature death.

[Further reading on the topic: Osteoporosis Myth: The Dangers of High Bone Mineral Density]

Turned To Stone

Turned To Stone: When Calcium Goes To The Wrong Place

The reality is that the habit of consuming inorganic, elemental calcium simply does not make sense.  After all, have you ever experienced visceral disgust after accidentally consuming eggshell? If you have, you know your body is "hard-wired" to reject low-quality calcium sources (stones and bones as it were), in favor of getting calcium from food.

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HOW TO REDUCE PHYTIC ACID IN NUTS



Unfortunately we don’t have much information on how to reduce phytic acid in nuts. However, we know that most traditional cultures often go to great lengths prior to consuming them.

For example,  it is instructive to look at Native American preparation techniques for the hickory nut, which they used for oils. To extract the oil they parched the nuts until they cracked to pieces and then pounded them until they were as fine as coffee grounds. They were then put into boiling water and boiled for an hour or longer, until they cooked down to a kind of soup from which the oil was strained out through a cloth. The rest was thrown away. The oil could be used at once or poured into a vessel where it would keep a long time.

By contrast, the Indians of California consumed acorn meal after a long period of soaking and rinsing, then pounding and cooking. Nuts and seeds in Central America were prepared by salt water soaking and dehydration in the sun, after which they were ground and cooked.

Modern evidence also suggests that at least some of the phytate can be broken down by soaking and roasting. The majority of this data indicates that soaking nuts for eighteen hours, dehydrating at very low temperatures (either in a food dehydrator or a low temperature oven), and then roasting or cooking the nuts would likely eliminate a large portion of the phytic acid.

Because  I have problems with phosphaturia  I have been preparing nuts like this for a few years, and I personally notice a huge difference in how I digest them. I used to have a heavy sensation in my stomach and flatulence after eating nuts, but I don’t get that at all when   eat them after they’ve been prepared this way.

 

HARMFUL EFFECTS OF PHYTIC ACID



Phytic acid in grains, nuts, seeds and beans represents a serious problem in our diets. This problem exists because we have lost touch with our ancestral heritage of food preparation. Instead we listen to food gurus and ivory tower theorists who promote the consumption of raw and unprocessed “whole foods;” or, we eat a lot of high-phytate foods like commercial whole wheat bread and all-bran breakfast cereals. But raw is definitely not Nature’s way for grains, nuts, seeds and beans. . . and even some tubers, like yams; nor are quick cooking or rapid heat processes like extrusion.

Seeds, bran and nuts are the highest sources of phytates, containing as much as two to five times more phytate than even some varieties of soybeans, which we know are highly indigestible unless fermented for long periods. Remember the oat bran fad? The advice to eat bran, or high fiber foods containing different types of bran, is a recipe for severe bone loss and intestinal problems due to the high phytic acid content.

Raw unfermented cocoa beans and normal cocoa powder are extremely high in phytates. Processed chocolates may also contain phytates. White chocolate or cocoa butter probably does not contain phytates. More evidence is needed as to phytate content of prepared chocolates and white chocolate. Coffee beans also contain phytic acid.  The presence of phytic acid in so many enjoyable foods we regularly consume makes it imperative that we know how to prepare these foods to neutralize phytic acid content as much as possible, and also to consume them in the context of a diet containing factors that mitigate the harmful effects of phytic acid.

 

NUTS IN PALEO DIET



According to most paleo gurus   nut consumption should be limited or moderated because of the high levels of proinflammatory  omega-6 fatty acids  many of them contain. But there’s another reason you shouldn’t make nuts a staple of your diet.

One of the main principles of the Paleo diet is to avoid eating grains and legumes because of the food toxins they contain. One of those toxins, phytic acid (a.k.a. phytate), is emphasized as one of the greatest offenders. But what is often not mentioned is that nuts are often as high or even higher in phytic acid than grains. In fact, nuts decrease iron absorption even more than wheat bread. This is ironic because a lot of people on the Paleo diet – who go to great lengths to avoid food toxins – are chowing down nut like they’re going out of style.

Phytic acid is the storage form of phosphorus found in many plants, especially in the bran or hull of grains and in nuts and seeds. Although herbivores like cows and sheep can digest phytic acid, humans can’t. This is bad news because phytic acid strongly inhibits mineral absorption in adults – especially iron and zinc. Studies suggest that we absorb approximately 20 percent more zinc and 60 percent more magnesium from our food when phytic acid is absent. Furthermore,  rickets and osteoporosis are common in societies where cereal grains are a staple part of the diet.

Phytic acid also  interferes with enzymes we need to digest our food, including pepsin, which is needed for the breakdown of proteins in the stomach, and amylase, which is required for the breakdown of starch. Phytic acid also inhibits the enzyme trypsin, which is needed for protein digestion in the small intestine.  Another important thing to be aware of is that phytic acid levels are much higher in foods grown using modern high-phosphate fertilizers than those grown in natural compost.

 

STONED WITH DAIRY



One of the  problems with dairy is the high phosphorus content in relation to its calcium content, expressed as a ratio.  If the ratio of phosphorus to calcium is too high, the beneficial effects of the calcium will be reversed, partially explaining the results of cultures consuming little to no dairy.

As mentioned by dr. Mercola „indeed, in countries where both dairy consumption and overall calcium levels in the diet are the lowest, bone fracture rates are also the lowest; conversely, in cultures like the United States where calcium consumption is among the highest in the world, so too are the fracture rates among the highest (see: The China Study).

Although some  milk products such as fermented  cheeses are good sources of vitamin K2 they contain highest amount of phosphorus from all foods. The better source of  vitamin K2 are fermented soy products such as Natto and Tempeh.

 

CALCIUM AND PALEO-DIET



I´d like to note that despite consuming no dairy products and  low intake  of calcium  (less then 500mg) in paleolithic diet, paleolithic skeletons have shown bones free from symptoms of osteoporosis, despite consuming no dairy products. Indeed,  the calcium value of paleolithic men diet is considerably lower (less then 500 milligrams)  than  recommended dietary allowance of 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams for adults ages 50 to 70, and 1,200 milligrams for those over 70.  

This may be due to their high fruit and vegetable intake, which has been shown to reduce urinary calcium excretion rates.  Paleo-friendly foods that are  abundant in dietary calcium include kale, sardines, turnips, bok choy and broccoli. Vitamin D-absorption may also explain the positive calcium balance, despite a relatively low calcium intake.  Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption in the gut and maintains the right balance of calcium and phosphorus in the blood for normal bone mineralization. Paleolithic populations experienced high sunlight exposure, which increases vitamin D synthesis, leading to increased calcium absorption.

A research team from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine investigated the effects of a Paleolithic diet on a number of health parameters in a group of healthy volunteers. Their results appeared in the December 2008 "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition." The scientists found that dietary calcium intake didn't change significantly after the subjects switched from typical diets to a Paleolithic diet, despite not consuming any dairy products. Additionally, the researchers noted that the excretion of calcium ( a risk factor for bone loss) decreased after eating a Paleolithic diet for 10 days. They added that a decreased excretion of urinary calcium may have boosted calcium levels in the subjects.

 

PHOSPHORUS BUT NOT CALCIUM PLAYS PRIMARY ROLE IN CVE



One of the dr. Mercola´s  article states: „Often, much of the burden of removing the excess calcium falls on the kidneys, which is why it has been proven on numerous occasions that calcium carbonate rapidly calcifies arteries in those with compromised kidney function, especially hemodialysis patients.“

I´d like to add that  not calcium but  hyperphosphatemia is a major risk factor for death,  cardiovascular events (CVE), and vascular calcification among patients with and without kidney disease.  Even serum phosphate levels within the "normal laboratory range" associate with a greater risk of death and CVE!!!

Potential mechanisms by which increased phosphate results in adverse outcomes are not fully understood, but current evidence suggests a direct effect of phosphate on vascular calcification and modulation of key hormones fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23), Klotho protein  and calcitriol.  Importantly, FGF23 regulates phosphorus and vitamin D metabolism. Its levels increase progressively beginning in early CKD, presumably as a physiological adaptation to maintain normal serum phosphate levels or normal phosphorus balance.

FGF23 promotes phosphaturia and decreases production of calcitriol. Recent studies suggest that increased FGF23 is associated with mortality, left ventricular hypertrophy, endothelial dysfunction and progression of CKD. These results were consistently independent of serum phosphate levels.

Despite convincing epidemiologic connections between phosphate excess and cardiovascular disease, no clinical trials have been conducted to establish a causal relationship, and large, randomized trials with hard endpoints are urgently needed to prove or disprove the benefits and risks of therapy.

CALCIUM DEFICIENCY AND ALZHEIMER´S DISEASE



A calcium deficiency may directly cause symptoms in Alzheimer's disease, or may be important indirectly by allowing aluminum to accumulate in brain cells. Parkinsonism dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are neurodegenerative diseases that are endemic among Guamanian and Kii Peninsula Chamorro Indians and are characterized by neurofibrillary tangles. The soils of these areas are particularly rich in aluminum and iron, while deficient in calcium and magnesium.

There are indications that aluminum increases parathyroid activity that reduces calcium levels and causes calcium to be withdrawn from brain tissue. The loss of brain calcium may be the major cause of Alzheimer's disease.  There is evidence that  increased parathyroid hormone activity can increase intestine and brain absorption of aluminum.

Dialysis patients, in particular, display increased fractures when their drinking water is high in aluminum and low in calcium. The exact mechanism for the mineralization problem is unknown. It appears that aluminum affects the activity of alkaline and acid phosphatase and modifies the response of these enzymes to parathyroid hormone and vitamin D.

The calcium/aluminum connection could help explain why other biochemical imbalances which interfere with calcium metabolism - lead poisoning, phosphates in soda pop, copper imbalance, manganese deficiency which affects thyroid function, etc., could contribute to the causation of Alzheimer's disease.

 

CALCIUM DEFFICIENCY RICKETS AND THE ROLE OF FGF23



It is well known that parathormone (PTH)   in response to hypocalcemia functions to maintain serum Ca2+ levels by increasing Ca2+ reabsorption and  1,25(OH)2D  production by the kidney, enhancing Ca2+ and PO43− intestinal absorption and increasing Ca2+ and PO43− efflux from bone, while maintaining neutral phosphate balance through phosphaturic effects.

I´d like to note that when   talking about calcium, one  cannot overlook important role of  FGF23.  Major functions of this  recently discovered hormone, predominately produced by osteoblasts/osteocytes,  is  to inhibit renal tubular phosphate reabsorption and suppress circulating 1,25(OH)2D levels by decreasing  catabolism of 1,25(OH)2D. FGF23 participates in a new bone/kidney axis that protects the organism from excess vitamin D and coordinates renal PO43− handling with bone mineralization/turnover. Abnormalities of FGF23 production underlie both  inherited  and  many  acquired disorders of phosphate and calcium homeostasis.

For example, FGF-23 inhibits calcitriol production, which could exacerbate calcium deficiency or hypocalcemia unless calcium itself modulates FGF23 in this setting.  Perhaps the most important example   is the  recent  evidence  that patients  with  CALCIUM-DEFICIENCY RICKETS  due to  longstanding inadequacy of calcium supply (related to a chronically low dietary intake, impaired intestinal absorption or insufficient renal retention  have  significantly higher FGF23 some grossly so (up to 50-fold) and this abnormality could be corrected with calcium supplementation.

CALCIUM: STONE TO DEATH OR THE WAY TO LONGEVITY?



CALCIUM:  STONE TO DEATH OR THE WAY TO LONGEVITY?

I admit that  chronic mega dosing of calcium in a normal human being is not ideal.  However, how can you explain that people in some geographical regions consume high amounts of calcium, e.g. Hunzas or  Okinawans  without any health problems. Moreover,  some practicioners of CAM  , e.g. Robert Barefoot claim that consumption of high amounts of calcium, especially „coral calcium“ is associated with longevity.

 

CALCIUM:MAGNESIUM RATIO



There are several  ingredients in food that affect calcium absorption  including magnesium,  phytates, oxalates, dietary fiber, excessive phosphorus, saturated fatty acids.  Conversely ingredients that accelerate absorption of calcium include: casein phosphopeptide (CCP), lactate, oligosacharides, vitamin D, lysin, arginin, n-3 PUFA and materials that accelerate secretion of  gastric acid.  

The competetive interaction between calcium and magnesium during absorption is now well established and every trustworthy manufacturer alert to it in his SPC.  There is also experimental evidence that dietary magnesium and calcium compete  with each other in intestinal absorption (for non-believers see reference below).

Importantly, studies of our ancestors'pre-agricultural diets indicate that magnesium was probably consumed at about a 1:1 ratio with calcium. As the Ca:Mg ratio is 12:1 in dairy, those consuming this much vaunted source of calcium might only experience the equivocal benefit that is reported in the medical literature. The Ca:Mg ratio in post-agricultural diets is about 4:1.  Because both calcium and magnesium compete for the same absorption mechanisms, the imbalanced intake associated with our modern diet may well lead to magnesium deficiency.

www.sciencedirect.com/.../S0271531799000408

 

STONE TO DEATH FALLACY II.



The main problem with calcium supplementation in the form of pills is  that  calcium is not  delivered to the body    continuously  in small amounts   such as in  or foods or water, but  in high concentrations  resulting in sudden high  unphysiological blood peaks.  So I advice my patients to drink small amounts of  mineral waters or small pieces of calcium tablets several times during the day.

Especially,  higher doses of calcium should be divided in several portions during the  day. Higher intake of calcium should always be compensated with adaquate amount of magnesium, so that Ca/Mg ratio is 1:1. Adeqatue levels  of vitamin D are also important, because higher amounts of calcium inhibit formation of active metabolites of vitamin D in the body. Finally, natural sources of Calcium  should be prefered.    

I´d like also like  to note that one of the important  sources of calcium is HARD WATER containing both calcium and magnesium.   Few studies ,  linking calcium supplements to an increased risk of heart attack were seriously  flawed, because they did´not take into consideration  consumption of magnesium and vitamin K (especially K2), which have protective effects on extraskeletal calcifications.  Read more :  www.advancednaturalmedicine.com/heart-health/calcium-supplements-incre..

STONE TO DEATH FALLACY



Regarding the cardiovascular safety of calcium and vitamin D,  Bolland´s  paper   specifically excluded studies of calcium and vitamin D from their analysis. Indeed another recent meta analysis has not been able to find any evidence of increased cardiovascular risk with calcium and vitamin D supplementation (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.../20194238).   The data of this meta analysis suggests that vitamin D supplements at moderate to high doses may reduce CVD risk, whereas calcium supplements seem to have minimal cardiovascular effects.

It might be also interesting to note that in their discussion of the potential underlying mechanisms by which calcium supplementation might increase cardiovascular risk, Bolland et al.  mention various factors relevant to regulation of vascular calcification, but do not include vitamin K status amongst these factors.

The vitamin K-dependent proteins osteocalcin and matrix Gla protein are inhibitors of arterial calcification  and consistent with the role of vitamin K in their activation, dietary intake of menaquinone (vitamin K2) was associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease in the Rotterdam study . It is therefore plausible that increased calcium intake through supplementation in the face of inadequate vitamin K status could increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events through increased vascular calcification.

Importantly, variability of vitamin K status in the population can be affected not only by intake from diet and supplements, efficiency of absorption, and intestinal synthesis, but also by supplemental intake of the fat-soluble vitamins E, A and D. Interaction of the fat-soluble vitamins with vitamin K is suggested by reports of adverse effects of supplemental vitamin E on cardiovascular health and all-cause mortality  and supplemental vitamin A on fracture risk with low intake of vitamin D .

Analysis of the data from the Women's Health Initiative on the basis of vitamin K status might provide some clarification relating to calcium supplement intervention and observed increase in risk of adverse cardiovascular events. The results of the Bolland et al.  study illustrate the potential for the introduction of adverse effects when a single nutritional intervention is used to treat a chronic condition with a complex etiology.

 

calcium



While a student at CSU Chico in Fall of 1986 I took a physiology class from a Doctor Curtis.  Dr Curtis had his M.D. as well as a PhD in Physiology.  I learned that every neural transmission is comprised of Calcium ions and Potassium ions and  Dr. Curtis taught that cheese is the best source of calcium ions.

Calcium deposits also caused by psychiatric drugs



According to freelance journsalist Jim Stone, increasing numbers of people are turning up in mortuaries exhibiting calcified frontal lobe tissue in the brain, indicating the same degree of brain damage as would be caused by pre frontal lobotomy of both hemishperes of the brain. This damage is attributed to the use of certain psychiatric drugs that calcify the pineal gland and other parts of the brain; fluoride based drugs as in the SSRI type of drugs are the culprits. I use raw cow's milk as the calcium is properly bioassimilable in that, wheras pasteurized milk does not contain properly usable calcium, hence the massive increase in osteoporosis, soft teeth in high dariy consuming countries like Sweden, the USA and UK. Raw milk reverses osteoporosis and puts new layers of enamel on your teeth too, as proved by Ramiel Nagel, contrary to the understanding of most other dentists today, who are in the habit of prescribing toxic fluoride toothpaste and pills.  

Oligofructose Complex



Oligofructose Complex was developed by Dr A Robovsky in conjunction with Dr Andrei Kormarov from George Washington University and peer reviewed by Dr Garry Buettner Of Iowa University in 2007.  The products have since been patented and the patent is I understand on proven solublity and absorption.  

 

Stoned to Death by Sayer Ji



Really really interesting.  I see medical research is still way behind what we already know about calcium supplementation.  Oligofructose complex calcium supplementation is available and is treated by our bodies as plant based.  This is an advanced form of chelatation and is far superior than anything the medical pharmaceutical has ever come up with and no side effects.  If we had been told what calcium supplementation that was being used in these trials we would have a much better idea as to the accuracy of their findings.  Most who die of CV in NZ have a selenium issues and calcium without vitamin C & D & A and iron and zinc and sulphur and so on is no use to us and because supemarket food doesn't have enough of any of these today we have to supplement. Otherwise have to take calcium drugs which also contain poisons to make our bodies accept the.  I read the issue and all I could see was smoke.  The hard facts appear to me to missing from this article.

Max. (N.Z.)

Oligofructose complex calcium?



Have never heard of "Oligofructose complex calcium" cannot find it in Amazon, Swanson Vitamins nor Google.  Is there another name for it?

Calcium



This article is incomplete and lacking in alternatives for calcium intake.  First of all, Garden of Life has a RAW calcium that is PLANT based, and perfectly safe.  Also, Elixir Industries has another superior form of calcium, Ezorb, which is also plant based, and I have taken them with complete confidence of not being hurt by these products.  When I took Ezorb, three bone spurs under my left heel bone disappeared before I  finished taking the first bottle.  Hooray for plant based calcium.  Freshly made organic carrot juice is another splendid source of raw, instantly usable calcium.

 

Feedback



Great feedback, and agreed about it being incomplete. I was really not trying to address the alternatives. My main concern was to alert the general consumer and there are millions out there taking up to 1500 mg of limestone-type calcium a day because the National Osteoporosis Foundation says its a good thing to do. I can talk all day until I am blue in the face about the dangers, but it requires peer-reviewed research, as I reference in the article, to make headway. As to the complexities of the topic, and alternatives, this is something I am very happy to share my experience with. But, the article was not intended to delve too deeply into the topic. Thanks for reading and commenting.

P.S. My favorites, as far as supplements: Pure Synergy Bone Renewal, Garden of Life Raw Calcium, Algacal and New Chapter's Bone Strength.

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Calcium reply



Sayer, thank you for the reply and for listing other great forms of calcium.  I will make note of them.  It is always nice to know what alternatives are when something "turns up bad".  I have some (adverse) calcium that someone gave to me as a gift.  I use it as a toothpaste powder, it works great.

I am going to another subject, one of my favorite things to eat, cook with and use: raw, unfiltered, wonderful-smelling organic coconut oil.  Several articles talked about using it as a deodarant, and I am thinking to myself, "how can grease in my armpits be a great deodarant?"  Do you know how this is used in that fashion?  I make a toothpaste out of it and add a few drops of Procaps Breath Plus...great stuff.

Thank you for your wonderful website and e-articles.

calcium supplementation



It is good to know ALL the facts about various supplements we choose to take, but this article focuses on only a few undesirable forms of calcium supplements.  Many on restricted diets (dairy allergy, food allergies/sensitivities, malabsorption issues, etc.) cannot get anywhere enough calcium from what foods they can eat, & must supplement (blood work will reveal your blood levels of available Ca) with extra calcium.  It is a required nutrient in the body, but the type of calcium used is the critical issue, not the fact we shouldn't be doing it at all.  There are amino acid chelates, but I use cacium citrate, which is very bio-available.  I also take the associated necessary adjunct supplements (Vit.K2, Mg, C, D3, boron, Mn, silicon, & other minerals).  Vitamin supplementation is complicated, & to oversimplify it by condemning one mineral outright, without considering the total picture, makes for a scare-tactics, incaccurate article, not worthy of this site.  DO your homework!  I took college nutrition classes & with years of independent study, have found what works to keep me healthy, at least as much as possible, considering my individual health issues.

Blood work for calcium is useless



You're saying that you need to have blood work done to ascertain your calcium levels. Most doctors believe that, too, but it is erroneous. Because when you don't get enough calcium from your diet, it is drawn out of the bones. Your blood levels of calcium mean very little.

Most people get plenty of calcium from their diet, but the body can't use it without having all the other already mentioned nutrients as well.

And of course, nobody needs any milk after being weaned....... elephants and cows have big, strong bones, and they only eat greens. 

Calcium supplements



An interesting (and concerning) read!   I am pleased to notice that some of the viewer comments talk about the need for balanced supplements and particularly the addition of Vitamin K2 when taking any kind of calcium supplement. It would have been good for Sayer Ji's posting to include information regarding the very necessary and important role of Vit K2 when taking calcium supplements.....(After reading this article posted by Sayer Ji, I  called a local health food store where I purchase "Strong Bones" and was told this reassuring information. At the same time, I was also reminded of the important role of exercise and eating calcium rich fruits & veggies (BTW, thank you for posting a link to a list of calcium rich foods!)

 Lynn ~ BC, Canada 

Calcium supplements



"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food."

We are no more designed to take calcium supplements for bones, than we are statins for cholesterol. Both are the reductionist thinking and treatments of allopathic medicine. It is equally ridiculous and nonsensical to believe that taking calcium pills builds bones, as it is to believe that drinking protein drinks builds muscle.

Calcium Supplementation and CAD



As a PhD in Nutrition Education and one who is allergic to all milk products, I have taken Calcium supplements for years.  Cardiac Echo and Carotid Arterty Doppler still show clean arteries in my 50's.  The choice of Calcium (amino acid chelated) as well as including the supporting nutrients required for building bone (Mg, Mn, Boron, Silicon, Vitamin D, K2) are a must. I also suspect the high intake of refined sugars and carbohydrates in the American diet contributes to the inflammation that eventually results in Coronary Artery Disease.  This study ultimately only proves what we should be practicing all along:  A balanced approach to diet and supplementation and moderation in all things!

You need more than Calcium to build bones



 

There are over 10 kinds of Calcium supplements, the worst being the most common and lowest cost, Calcium Carbonate. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=1446. There are over 20,000 articles on Calcium: absorption or bioavailability.

Also, bones are not made of just Calcium. Other essential items include Magnesium, Vitamin K2, Boron, and Silicon. Lacking these essential items. the body cannot use Calcium to build bones, but will instead put the Calcium elsewhere - urine, Kidney Stones, aterial walls, etc.

There has been a lot of good research on the importance of Vitamin K2 in directing Calcium to the right locations in the body. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=765

calcium



Thank you for the article. Enough cannot be said about the negative health  effects of using the type of calcium meant to grow plants. I first learned this from a book by Dr.Alfred Vogel;The Nature Doctor;in the 80's. We have to remember that since people lack the ability to transform these minerals via photosynthesis,problems will arise. Get your calcium from a plant source that the human body was designed to process. Avoid ALL enriched foods by using whole foods that contain the correct balance of nutrients for the body. It seems supplement makers  have begun to adopt the mentality of drug makers today. They push unnatural calcium sources as much as statin drug companies push their junk.

We can do better! We can begin by telling the truth. Your health is your real wealth.Invest in good health just as you would a major financial transaction.After all if you lost all your material items , what is there;you!

Calcium Supplementation



The whole issue, which really needs to adressed, at least in the United States is that many many people take excessive amounts of calcium in supplemental form without regard to the other basic nutrients needed for the human body to actually absorb and use calcium. ie..enough vitamin d, vitamin k2, magnesium, boron, manganese, zinc, copper. Ideally people wouldn't have to get calcium in a supplemental form but most people in this country do not eat enough calcium rich foods and the quality of the foods they do eat is very, very poor. At times, supplementation may be necessary, but not to the extent of over-consumption that it is right now.

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