Calcium: Good; Calcium Supplements: Not So Much

Posted on: June 26, 2012

After years of hearing that we should consume more calcium and supplement our diets with calcium pills, a new study questions that advice and suggests that calcium supplements may increase the risk of having a heart attack.

Calcium supplements have been widely accepted by physicians and the public as a safe and natural way to prevent osteoporosis. Is it time to take a second look at this philosophy?

Dietary calcium is absorbed in low doses throughout the day while calcium supplements cause a spike in blood calcium levels which may ultimately deposit too much of the mineral in the body at one time, causing harm.

via Health – Beth Fontenot – Calcium: Good; Calcium Supplements: Not So Much – The Atlantic.

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1 Response to "Calcium: Good; Calcium Supplements: Not So Much"

Take the supplement only with food to slow the absorption. Another idea would be to break the tablet up and take it multiple times a day.

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