To absorb calcium, Vit D is needed but to maintain healthy calcium levels in your body, magnesium, Vit K2 and phosphorus are needed as well. Calcium carbonate, used in supplements, needs stomach acids to solubilize and ionize it. As we age, stomach acids reduce making this form of calcium intake ineffective and increase risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Medicines Cannot Cover Bad Lifestyle Choices
We Brits seem to think that every health problem can be solved by simply popping a pill. And it certainly is true that many are, especially infectious diseases that succumb to antibiotics, antifungals and, increasingly, antivirals.
But that leaves a plethora of ailments that continue to plague people despite the best efforts of Big Pharma. Most are chronic health problems related to how British people live, especially what we eat and drink, and moreover what we don’t eat and drink, and how we move or probably more likely how we don’t move. In our ageing society, these ails have pushed the annual cost of medical care into the billions of £££s and are threatening to bring down the NHS.
Osteoporosis is a disease on the increase, and although there are drugs to stanch the loss of bone and the debilitating fractures that often result, the remedies are costly, difficult to administer and sometimes have side effects that can be worse than the disease they are meant to counter.
This makes prevention the preferred and more cost-effective option. But efforts to prevent bone disease have focused on a pill, namely supplements of calcium, the mineral responsible for creating bone in youth that must be maintained throughout adult life, which now routinely extends to the 80s and 90s.
And now, as with many other pills once regarded as innocuous, the safety and efficacy of calcium supplements in preventing bone loss is being called into question.
Breaking The Calcium Supplement Myth
Two studies recently published in the British Medical Journal seem to conclude that increasing calcium intake, whether through supplements or through additional dietary sources, is unlikely to boost bone health or prevent fractures. Surprised? I am not at all actually and I will explain myself in just a second.
As per the first study, increasing calcium intake from dietary sources or by taking supplements produces small (1-2%) increases in bone mineral density, which “are unlikely to lead to a clinically meaningful reduction in risk of fracture” (1).
As per the the second study, dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture, and “there is no clinical trial evidence that increasing calcium intake from dietary sources prevents fractures” (1).
Many people choose to take a calcium supplement in order to treat osteoporosis or to try to prevent it but it really isn’t quite as simple as taking any calcium supplement in a hope that it will improve your bones’ health.
Why Is Your Calcium Supplement Not Working?
In order for the body to be able to absorb calcium, vitamin D is needed and indeed, many calcium supplements contain vitamin D in order to aid calcium absorption. However, this is not the whole picture. It gets more complicated.
If you want to maintain a healthy balance of calcium in your body, just adding Vitamin D to the mix is not sufficient. Calcium works together with magnesium, vitamin K and phosphorus and you need to make sure you get enough of these nutrients as well. It’s actually really important to maintain the proper balance between magnesium, calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D (2). The problem with calcium supplements is a lack of balance between these nutrients and this is the reason why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke (2).
Another problem with calcium supplements is that calcium comes in various chemical forms. Calcium supplement could contain calcium in a form of calcium carbonate, calcium orotate or calcium bound to various organic chelates (citrate, gluconate, lactate, amino acid) (3).
Calcium carbonate is the most widely used form of calcium in supplements today but its absorption depends somewhat on the calcium becoming solubilized and ionized by stomach acid (3). The problem here is that stomach acid tends to decrease as we age so taking this form of calcium when we are older is not a good idea.
You can now see why calcium supplements don’t work. There are so many variables involved. The best advice is to follow a healthy and balanced diet which includes all the nutrients needed for the body to absorb and regulate calcium. If you don’t get enough vitamin D through food or from sun rays, make sure you supplement and if you think you could be deficient take a test.
Are you taking any calcium supplements and will you continue taking them after reading this?
1. British Medical Journal. (Sep 2015). The BMJ Press Release. Retrieved from http://bmjcom.c.presscdn.com/company/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/calcium.pdf
2. Dr. Mercola (Dec 2012). Benefits of Magenesium is Far Greater Than Previously Imagined. Retrieved from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/17/magnesium-benefits.aspx
3. Mortimore, D. (2002). The Complete Illustrated Guide to Vitamins and Minerals. HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.
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My family Doctor informed me of this information 35yrs ago when I was diagnosed with osteoporosis ....I miss Dr. Appleby ;0 She new her stuff !
I can't remember which research paper I read concerning this but this is essentially correct. In developing countries, where women don't have access to the same diet or lifestyle, there is a much lower rate of developing osteoporosis. The theory is that because those women engage in more weight-bearing exercise, their bodies respond by increasing bone density. In the West, women get much less exercise, have different stressors and have a diet full of processed foods, What's clear is that calcium supplements don't increase bone density. That's why in the West, doctors prescribe medication, they know that supplements don't work.
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Hi im using these xtend life calcium ans did research few years ago as i beat cancer and alsk my mid age was asked by doctor definitely to take calcium and this isn't cheap but comes from Newzealand but free delivery and discount 10% for those who sign for regular orders. As for omega when u use theirs u don't gt sunburn which is important as nodmaly forgot creams.
Sodium Carbonate but i dont know why he recomend this its nt safe to eat so dont think to eat thankyou :)
They do work. I take calmag D and it does what it does. I will be more than happy to share my supplements if you guys are interested. Cal Mag D nourishes your bones with three natural nutrients — calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D — required for strong, healthy bones at any age.Natural bone loss can begin as young as 30 years old.Made with one of nature’s most concentrated botanical sources of calcium — calcified seaweed. Has more vitamin D in a daily dose than 5 cups of fortified milk to help enhance calcium absorption. Provides 100% of the daily value for zinc, a nutrient important for bone growth and maturation.
a well balanced meal is sufficient to provide the RDA of calcium.. excessive calcium accumulates and results as stone..
I kind of get tired of the "eat this, eat that" then a few years later: "don't eat this, don't eat that" roller coaster, merry go round. Sheesh. Do whatever you want and maintain regular check ups. How about that?
I used to have d vitamin d sachets n injections when it was really low Neelo....\U0001f618 but thanks...
Chonna is best source of calcium. It cure 70 tips of sickness.but not for those who has kidney stone
I've had very low vitamin D and the symptoms were awful! It's the sunshine vitamin that many lack, especially in the UK! Now my levels are back up I take vitamin D with calcium.,(vitamin D helps the calcium to be absorbed)
The supplements work if you take the right form of calcium. Vitamin k2 is also needed for proper calcium uptake to occur.
Magnesium Glycinate will help protect bone health, yes along with proper amounts of Vitamin D and B Complex. We get enough calcium in our diet; it requires Magnesium to be properly assimilated.
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