Calcium Supplements have been implicated in heart disease once again. The original study in 2013, released by the National Institutes of Health, suggested that calcium supplementation increased the risk of heart disease in men. Other studies around that time, demonstrated increases in risk in both men and women.
At this time, you might be feeling a bit like the first 10 seconds on the Aerosmith roller coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You were just looking to get caught up with another week of Daily Sprouts’, and the next thing you know, your mind was hijacked into an idea you had been so oblivious too, it seems impossible. Yep, this topic has that impact on many people.
The new study, out by Hopkins Researchers (http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/blog/bs-hs-calcium-supplements-heart-disease-20161011-story.html), discusses once again, the likelihood of calcium supplementation, resulting in increased blood calcium, in such a way that it makes it way into body tissues and organs, most concerning and seemingly most likely being the cardiovascular tissues (arteries). This gives rise to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
“We think the body metabolizes supplements and dietary calcium differently,” said Dr. Erin Michos, associate director of preventive cardiology and associate professor of medicine at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “If you are worried about your bones, then get your calcium through food.”
Well said Dr. Erin! I have been saying for years now. Eat first, whole food supplement second (Juice Plus is broken down in the body LIKE dietary calcium and dietary minerals of all types), then add supplementation in a cautious, educated, and be very well educated method. Did I mention being educated?
Next off, calcium is only about 1/4 of the answer for weak bones. Magnesium is really important, along with Vitamin D, but really, it is important to be exercising with resistance. With weight and effort.
One reason that was not touched on at all, is that much of calcium carbonate (usually used in supplementation), does not digest like calcium citrate does. Citrate is naturally occuring in plant material, where carbonate, actually comes from the minerals in the ground. And, as you might have guessed, we are not designed to get our minerals straight from the dirt. We are designed to eat the plant that has assimilated this mineral.
If you are wondering what to do about your current calcium supplement, I would stop it immediately. Get on juice plus asap (www.hsprout.juiceplus.com ), and look at your exercise routine. Demanding that your bones utilize mineral, through stress, is the best way to insure that your bones stay strong.
Thanks for getting caught up on the path of calcium supplementation… stay wise!
Be well and Be blessed! – Dr. E
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