Throw those high dose calcium supplements in the trash. I suggest trash rather than toilet because we don’t want all that calcium in the water supply and that is where it will end up like so many unwanted prescription drugs and other harmful toxins.
For years doctors have been telling women to take high doses of calcium of up to 1500 milligrams a day. It has now emerged in numerous long term studies that the effect of this mega dosing is causing serious side effects and greatly impacting the health of women. Studies done recently in Great Britain have substantiated the life threatening effects of high doses of calcium on the cardiovascular system and promotion of myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). Does this sound serious enough to you?
A study conducted by Dr Ian Reid of New Zealand’s University of Aukland states “it is time to reassess the role of calcium supplementation for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis”
“Our hypothesis when we started the study was that calcium would protect the heart.”
“Just over 2 years ago Reid’s own research unexpectedly showed a slight increase in heart attacks in healthy, older women who took calcium supplements to prevent fractures.”
I would say it is time for all women who follow the advice of a medical practitioner and continue to take over 500 mg calcium supplements a day to STOP! There are studies that indicate 500 mg may even be too much for some.
Close to a dozen clinical trials that involved 12000 participants found that calcium supplements are associated with a 20% to 30% increase in heart attacks. So, you may think you are keeping your bones healthy and avoiding unwanted fractures but in fact the researchers compared past studies on calcium and hip fracture from 1966 to 1999 and debunked that theory. They found NO association between the amount of calcium women took and their risk of hip fracture.
New research states that we need no more than 500-600 mg of calcium daily. We can easily get the amount needed if we eat a healthy diet of calcium rich foods such as sardines, almonds, yogurt, cheese, figs, oranges, custard and dark green veggies. A serving of curly kale can give you your daily requirement on its own.
If you look online you will see much conflicting information regarding recommended doses. Keep in mind the medical cartel is slow to change once dogma has be instituted. Research is starting to mount and is substantiating the fact that this nation takes far more calcium than is needed and yet we have extremely high ratios of osteoporosis and in fact are experiencing the undesired fallout of over supplementation.
On our Eidon website we have been proponents of silica intake for years and have advised against high doses of calcium. Finally the support is coming out in the news about the veracity of our stance at Eidon.
If you want strong bones and a healthy body you can achieve this by eating properly and avoiding sugar and white flour and taking a compliment of minerals in each day. Bones are comprised of so much more than just calcium. Silica is a major component of bone health. It is also needed for your bones to absorb calcium in the early stages of bone formation. In a recent study of the offspring of participants in the well-known Framingham Heart Study that included more than 1,200 men and nearly 1,600 women researchers linked silicon intake to higher bone density.
For your overall health and for strong flexible bones and a healthy heart read the EIDON website and become informed and take charge of your life. Make the needed changes in your lifestyle and nutritional habits, and watch as your body thanks you with ever increasing vitality and wellness. Keep in mind it may not happen overnight but I guarantee you that you will see improvement if you are committed to being healthy.
Dietary calcium intake and risk of fractures and osteoporosis: prospective longitudinal study
BMJ 2011; 342 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d1473 (Published 24 May 2011)
Cite this as:BMJ 2011;342:bmj.d1473
Study: Calcium May Increase Heart Attack Risk