The practice may be causing an epidemic of cardiovascular calcification, hypertonicity of the cardiac tissue, arrhythmias, and heart attacks both through heart muscle cramping and destabilized plaque and subsequent occlusion.
According to the study, calcium supplements may increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially myocardial infarction. It recommends that a reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management is warranted.
For many years, the general medical industry has been pushing calcium supplements as your primary form of "insurance" against osteoporosis, reciting the mantra "calcium builds strong bones and teeth," far and wide.
There is no doubt that calcium is very important for health and past research has shown strong correlations between high consumption of calcium from foods and longevity. The key factor here however is that the calcium is obtained from real foods where it is generally accompanied by its cofactors and other vitamins and trace elements required for its absorption, metabolization and utilization.
When you take a biologically foreign form of calcium, or when your body's ability to direct calcium to the right places becomes impaired (as when you are deficient in vitamin K and vitamin D), calcium is deposited where it shouldn't be-like sand in gears.
Calcium deposits are major contributors and even causative factors in many health conditions, including the following:
· Bone spurs, stiff joints, osteoarthritis, tendonitis and bone cancer
The belief that calcium is what builds strong bones is absolutely ingrained in our society, but has no basis in reality-calcium is but one of the many minerals your body needs for building strong bones. Calcium supplements have demonstrated little benefit, and here is one more piece of research suggesting they may increase your risk for a cardiovascular event.
Calcium is added to everything these days, from pasteurized milk to baby formula, orange juice, breakfast cereals and other processed foods. Such fortification practice may be harmful in my opinion. If you are generally healthy I suggest liberal intake of calcium rich foods, but supplementation or consuming calcium in supplement or fortification form should be avoided. If you have a bone disease like osteoporosis than I feel calcium supplementation is prudent, but only when accompanied by its cofactors such are magnesium, silica, vitamin K, and vitamin D. Remember bone is comprised of at least a dozen minerals.
One of the best ways to achieve healthy bones is by consuming a diet rich in fresh, raw whole foods that maximize natural minerals so that your body has the raw materials it needs to do what it was designed to do.
Good sources of calcium include raw milk, cheddar cheese and other cheeses, whole milk yogurt, leafy green vegetables, unrefined sea salt, hard well water, wheatgrass etc.
My favourite source of trace minerals needed for healthy bones is pure, unprocessed sea salt, which contains 84 elements needed by your body. This salt is a darkish grey colour. Minimize sugar and refined grains. Avoid low fat diets, which are known to impair calcium absorption. Make sure you do daily weight-bearing exercise.
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