We’ve all seen the billboards, commercials, and magazine ads in which celebrities, in the spirit of good health and modern marketing, smile for the camera while sporting their very best milk mustache.
BACK AWAY FROM THE MILK JUG: Too much calcium can cause heart disease, arthritis, gallstones, kidney stones, fibromyalgia, and a slew of other diseases related to calcification of various tissues.
Calcium has been in the hot seat lately. Its health benefits, once taken for granted, have come under fire. Well, mark one for the calcium-is-good-for-you camp. Canadian researchers followed 9,033 of their countrymen (and women) between 1995 and 2007. The data showed a lower overall mortality risk for women who took calcium supplements of up to 1,000 mg a day.
A recent report suggests that calcium supplementation could be linked to heart attacks. But adequate calcium intake (from both food and supplements) helps with bone health in pregnant women, reduces preeclampsia, and has a positive effect on the growing fetus.
Amos Grunebaum, MD, lists five guidelines for women to remember:
About 43 percent of the US population (and almost 70 percent of older women) use dietary supplements containing calcium, but Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, warns that without balancing calcium with magnesium, they may be at risk.Why it's important to balance calcium consumption with magnesium.
It turns out the calcium we consume through milk and supplements is not always absorbed or used to build bone. In fact, without a healthy probiotic population in the gut and the presence of other bone-building cofactors like vitamins D and K2, magnesium, zinc, and essential fatty acids, calcium can pass right through undigested.
It is never too early to be concerned about the health of your bones. As a natural function of aging, we undergo a life-long progression of bone-tissue loss. For some, however, this loss progresses faster than others.Natural techniques help your bones be all they can be.By Craig Gustafson
Why You Need It: Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is essential for muscle contractions, a healthy nervous system, blood clotting, hormone secretion, and, of course, strong bones.By Kristen Bjornsen
We’ve been told all our lives to drink milk for strong bones. Many of us even feel guilty when we don’t get the recommended three servings of dairy each day. In fact, we’ve been led to believe that we have a “calcium crisis” in the United States because so many of us don’t get enough dairy. The proposed solution?The nation’s leading health experts insist that we drink plenty of milk and take calcium supplements to protect our bones. What if they’re wrong?By Michael Castleman