Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Be Careful How You Take Calcium

Taking calcium supplements increases the risk of dying from heart disease, cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease in men, but not in women. Eating foods high in calcium did not have this effect. The authors did not speculate why, but the answer should be obvious. Calcium is in balance with magnesium throughout the body. It is toxic for too much calcium to enter the cells. All we need to do is take at least half as much magnesium as calcium in our supplements, and we will get the benefits of these important elements without the risks. However, we should also avoid the high doses of calcium that have previously been recommended. I believe that up to 1000 mg of calcium balanced by 500 mg of magnesium is safe. See Qian Xiao and associates of the National Cancer Institute. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/02/04/calcium-supplements-may-raise-mens-death-risk-from-heart-disease www.healthcelebration.com

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