Calcium / Nutrition / Research / August 29, 2013

  In 2011 a study emerged that claimed taking calcium supplements can increase your risk of heart attacks. (1) So the headlines screamed…“Calcium Supplements Raise Heart Attack Risk 30%” An easy decision was to stop that habit as soon as you read the news, and many people did. Except in 2012 contrasting studies followed that said… “Calcium with Vitamin D Reduces Premature Death Rate.” (2) and “Vitamin D with Calcium shown to reduce Mortality in Elderly.” (3) Given that information, you probably didn’t know which way to turn, and neither did I! Authorities seemed to be saying calcium supplements would shorten AND lengthen your life; that they are good and bad for us. The resolution to this contradiction all along was in the details. So read further to learn about the trial and verdict… Do Calcium Supplements Cause Heart attacks?…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / July 4, 2013

A new massive study involving over 9000 people has found that women can reduce their risk of death by 22% – by simply taking a calcium supplement! Given the negligible cost and time it takes to swallow a calcium pill, this sounds like the easiest decision you will ever have to make. A no brainer as the kids say, except some recent evidence seems to indicate that calcium does more harm than help. It’s said there are two sides to every coin, but it leaves us in a state of limbo, unable to come to a conclusion. Both positions are backed with scientific studies, so which side should you believe? To get to the correct answer, we must dig further into divisive, complex calcium. Calcium On Trial Over the last few years calcium supplements have taken a black eye due…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / October 31, 2012

“Calcium Needs a Nutrient Symphony: The Key to Bone and Cardiovascular Health” ~ Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, MA, LMT Contradictory Research Findings Regarding Calcium Supplements Two contrasting studies made headlines this May (2012): one (Li K, Kaaks R, Linseisen J, et al.) reporting data on 23,980 participants in the EPIC-Heidelberg cohort that suggested calcium supplements might increase risk of heart attacks; the other, (Rejnmark L,Avenell A, Masud T, et al.) a meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials involving 70,528 subjects that found — only if accompanied by supplemental calcium — does vitamin D lower risk of all-cause mortality. How can we make sense of such seemingly contradictory findings? Are calcium supplements good or bad for us? An in-depth look at what each of these studies actually investigated and all their findings (not just one statistic taken out of context for an…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / September 6, 2012

If you’ve had an ongoing interest in alternative health and supplements, you’ve probably heard an expression that regularly gets thrown around – “calcium is calcium.” I’ve heard store staff say this when asked to recommend a particular product – which translates to “just pick the cheapest one.” And doctors often repeat this if asked by a patient which product they recommend: “I tell my patients to take the kind that they tolerate best and is least expensive,” Marcy B. Bolster, MD, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina and director of the MUSC Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Health. (1) It’s simple, and provides easy to follow advice for those shopping for the world’s most purchased mineral. But is it accurate? Yes and no. Once “Free”, All Calciums Are Equal…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / August 24, 2012

Most of the pre-prepared foods available at department stores and fast food take-aways have high salt content. We know that high salt content in food is associated with a number of risk factors for health such as hypertension, heart diseases and stroke. New research from University of Alberta in Canada now points that high levels in salt in your food also leaches calcium out of your body and in the long run could be leading you towards osteoporosis if you are not careful about your diet. (1) Researchers at the University of Alberta found that when sodium was being excreted by the body after being filtered out through the kidney, it was also taking calcium along with it. The team of researchers lead by Dr. Todd Alexander worked on animal models and cells to find that it was no coincidence…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Nutrition / Research / Video / February 15, 2011

How Much Calcium Should A Woman Get Per Day? Dr. Heaney describes how much calcium a woman needs per day in order to protect her bones. Video Transcription There are two answers to that question: One, calcium alone is not enough, and that’s very important to understand that. You need an adequate hormonal balance, you need adequate exercise, and you need adequate nutrition. Those are the 3 legs of the Stool of Bone Health. I used to ask audiences, “Which one of those legs would you rather do without?” You’re not going to be very successful sitting on that stool with only 1 or 2 legs; you really need all 3 if you’re going to have stability. Within nutrition, then even there, calcium alone is not enough. You need to have an adequate protein intake. Bone is made up not…

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